Imperial College London

Professor Nick Jennings

Central FacultyOffice of the Provost

Vice-Provost (Research and Enterprise)
 
 
 
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Ms Emma Neave +44 (0)20 7594 8458

 
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Room 4.10Faculty BuildingSouth Kensington Campus

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Publications

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Abulkhair MF, Alkayal ES, Jennings NR, 2017, Automated Negotiation using Parallel Particle Swarm Optimization for Cloud Computing Applications, Pages: 26-35

© 2017 IEEE. Negotiating service level agreements (SLAs) between cloud consumers and service providers is a key aspect of highly automated cloud systems. However, this process needs to be optimized to reduce the time of negotiation and the quality of solutions. In this paper, a parallel implementation of the particle swarm optimization (PSO) technique is proposed to improve the SLA negotiation in cloud computing by reducing the negotiation time and increasing the throughput. The paper highlights the main steps of designing and implementing two Parallel PSO SLA Negotiation algorithms (Synchronous and Asynchronous algorithms). The algorithms are compared with sequential PSO SLA Negotiation to evaluate their effectiveness and performance. Our results satisfy a speedup of up to 30% and an increase in throughput of 15%. The Asynchronous algorithm yields better results than the Synchronous one (30% quicker negotiation time and 10% in the throughput).

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An B, Jennings N, Li ZJ, 2017, ACM TIST Special Issue on Urban Intelligence, ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology, Vol: 9, ISSN: 2157-6904

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Augustin A, Venanzi M, Rogers A, Jennings NRet al., 2017, Bayesian aggregation of categorical distributions with applications in crowdsourcing, Pages: 1411-1417, ISSN: 1045-0823

A key problem in crowdsourcing is the aggregation of judgments of proportions. For example, workers might be presented with a news article or an image, and be asked to identify the proportion of each topic, sentiment, object, or colour present in it. These varying judgments then need to be aggregated to form a consensus view of the document's or image's contents. Often, however, these judgments are skewed by workers who provide judgments randomly. Such spammers make the cost of acquiring judgments more expensive and degrade the accuracy of the aggregation. For such cases, we provide a new Bayesian framework for aggregating these responses (expressed in the form of categorical distributions) that for the first time accounts for spammers. We elicit 796 judgments about proportions of objects and colours in images. Experimental results show comparable aggregation accuracy when 60% of the workers are spammers, as other state of the art approaches do when there are no spammers.

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Beck Z, Luke Teacy WT, Rogers A, Jennings NRet al., 2017, Collaborative online planning for automated victim search in disaster response, Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Vol: 100, Pages: 251-266, ISSN: 0921-8890

Collaboration is essential for effective performance by groups of robots in disaster response settings. Here we are particularly interested in heterogeneous robots that collaborate in complex scenarios with incomplete, dynamically changing information. In detail, we consider an automated victim search setting, where unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) with different capabilities work together to scan for mobile phones and find and provide information about possible victims near these phone locations. The state of the art for such collaboration is robot control based on independent planning for robots with different tasks and typically incorporates uncertainty with only a limited scope. In contrast, in this paper, we take into account complex relations between robots with different tasks. As a result, we create a joint, full-horizon plan for the whole robot team by optimising over the uncertainty of future information gain using an online planner with hindsight optimisation. This joint plan is also used for further optimisation of individual UAV paths based on the long-term plans of all robots. We evaluate our planner’s performance in a realistic simulation environment based on a real disaster and find that our approach finds victims 25% faster compared to current state-of-the-art approaches.

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Jennings N, Zenonos A, Stein S, 2017, A trust-based coordination system for participatory sensing applications, 5th Int. Conf. on Human Computation and Crowdsourcing, Publisher: AAAI, Pages: 226-234

Participatory sensing (PS) has gained significant attention asa crowdsourcing methodology that allows ordinary citizens(non-expert contributors) to collect data using low-cost mobiledevices. In particular, it has been useful in the collectionof environmental data. However, current PS applicationssuffer from two problems. First, they do not coordinate themeasurements taken by their users, which is required to maximisesystem efficiency. Second, they are vulnerable to maliciousbehaviour. In this context, we propose a novel algorithmthat simultaneously addresses both of these problems. Specifically,we use heteroskedastic Gaussian Processes to incorporateusers’ trustworthiness into a Bayesian spatio-temporalregression model. The model is trained with measurementstaken by participants, thus it is able to estimate the value ofthe phenomenon at any spatio-temporal location of interestand also learn the level of trustworthiness of each user. Giventhis model, the coordination system is able to make informeddecisions concerning when, where and who should take measurementsover a period of time. We empirically evaluate ouralgorithm on a real-world human mobility and air qualitydataset, where malicious behaviour is synthetically produced,and show that our algorithm outperforms the current state ofthe art by up to 60.4% in terms of RMSE while having a reasonableruntime.

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Meir R, Polukarov M, Rosenschein JS, Jennings NRet al., 2017, Iterative voting and acyclic games, ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, Vol: 252, Pages: 100-122, ISSN: 0004-3702

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Panagopoulos AA, Maleki S, Rogers A, Venanzi M, Jennings NRet al., 2017, Advanced Economic Control of Electricity-Based Space Heating Systems in Domestic Coalitions with Shared Intermittent Energy Resources, ACM TRANSACTIONS ON INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS AND TECHNOLOGY, Vol: 8, ISSN: 2157-6904

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Pruna RT, Polukarov M, Jennings NR, 2017, Avoiding regret in an agent-based asset pricing model, Finance Research Letters, ISSN: 1544-6123

© 2017. We use an agent-based asset pricing model to test the implications of the disposition effect (avoiding regret) on investors' interactions and price settings. We show that it has a direct impact on the returns series produced by the model, altering important stylized facts such as its heavy tails and volatility clustering. Moreover, we show that the horizon over which investors compute their wealth has no effect on the dynamics produced by the model.

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Robu V, Vinyals M, Rogers A, Jennings Net al., 2017, Efficient Buyer Groups with Prediction-of-Use Electricity Tariffs, IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, Pages: 1-1, ISSN: 1949-3053

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Stein S, Eshghi S, Maghsudi S, Tassiulas L, Bellamy RKE, Jennings NRet al., 2017, Heuristic algorithms for influence maximization in partially observable social networks, Pages: 20-32, ISSN: 1613-0073

Copyright © 2017 for the individual papers by the papers' authors. We consider the problem of selecting the most influential members within a social network, in order to disseminate a message as widely as possible. This problem, also referred to as seed selection for influence maximization, has been under intensive investigation since the emergence of social networks. Nonetheless, a large body of existing research is based on the assumption that the network is completely known, whereas little work considers partially observable networks. Yet, due to many issues including the extremely large size of current networks and privacy considerations, assuming full knowledge of the network is rather unrealistic. Despite this, an influencer often wishes to distribute its message far beyond the boundaries of the known network. In this preliminary study, we propose a set of novel heuristic algorithms that specifically target nodes at this boundary, in order to maximize influence across the whole network. We show that these algorithms outperform the state of the art by up to 38% in networks with partial observability.

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Stein S, Gerding EH, Nedea A, Rosenfeld A, Jennings NRet al., 2017, Market Interfaces for Electric Vehicle Charging, JOURNAL OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE RESEARCH, Vol: 59, Pages: 175-227, ISSN: 1076-9757

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Stein S, Gerding EH, Nedea A, Rosenfeld A, Jennings NRet al., 2017, Evaluating market user interfaces for electric vehicle charging using Bid2Charge, Pages: 4939-4943, ISSN: 1045-0823

We consider settings where electric vehicle drivers participate in a market mechanism to charge their vehicles. Existing work typically assumes that participants are fully rational and can report their charging preferences accurately. However, this may not be reasonable in settings with non-experts. To explore this, we design a novel game called Bid2Charge and compare a fully expressive interface that covers the entire space of preferences to two restricted interfaces that offer fewer possible reports. We show that restricting the users' preferences significantly reduces deliberation times while also leading to an increase in utility by up to 70%.

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Waniek M, Tran-Thanh L, Michalak TP, Jennings NRet al., 2017, The dollar auction with spiteful players, Pages: 736-742

Copyright © 2017, Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (www.aaai.org). All rights reserved. The dollar auction is an auction model used to analyse the dynamics of conflict escalation. In this paper, we analyse the course of an auction when participating players are spiteful, i.e., they are motivated not only by their own profit, but also by the desire to hurt the opponent. We investigate this model for the complete information setting, both for the standard scenario and for the situation where auction starts with nonzero bids. Our results give us insight into the possible effects of meanness onto conflict escalation.

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Zhang Y, An B, Tran-Thanh L, Wang Z, Gan J, Jennings NRet al., 2017, Optimal escape interdiction on transportation networks, Pages: 3936-3944, ISSN: 1045-0823

Preventing crimes or terrorist attacks in urban areas is challenging. Law enforcement officers need to respond quickly to catch the attacker on his escape route, which is subject to time-dependent traffic conditions on transportation networks. The attacker can strategically choose his escape path and driving speed to avoid being captured. Existing work on security resource allocation has not considered such scenarios with time-dependent strategies for both players. Therefore, in this paper, we study the problem of efficiently scheduling security resources for interdicting the escaping attacker. We propose: 1) a new defender-attacker security game model for escape interdiction on transportation networks; and 2) an efficient double oracle algorithm to compute the optimal defender strategy, which combines mixed-integer linear programming formulations for best response problems and effective approximation algorithms for improving the scalability of the algorithms. Experimental evaluation shows that our approach significantly outperforms baselines in solution quality and scales up to realistic-sized transportation networks with hundreds of intersections.

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Alan AT, Costanza E, Ramchurn SD, Fischer J, Rodden T, Jennings NRet al., 2016, Tariff Agent: Interacting with a Future Smart Energy System at Home, ACM TRANSACTIONS ON COMPUTER-HUMAN INTERACTION, Vol: 23, ISSN: 1073-0516

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Alkayal ES, Jennings NR, Abulkhair MF, 2016, Efficient Task Scheduling Multi-Objective Particle Swarm Optimization in Cloud Computing, 41st IEEE Conference on Local Computer Networks (LCN), Publisher: IEEE, Pages: 17-24

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Baker CAB, Ramchurn S, Teacy WTL, Jennings NRet al., 2016, Planning Search and Rescue Missions for UAV Teams, 22nd European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI), Publisher: IOS PRESS, Pages: 1777-1782, ISSN: 0922-6389

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Beck Z, Teacy L, Rogers A, Jennings NRet al., 2016, Online planning for collaborative search and rescue by heterogeneous robot teams, Pages: 1024-1032, ISSN: 1548-8403

Copyright © 2016, International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (www.ifaamas.org). All rights reserved. Collaboration is essential for effective performance by groups of robots in disaster response settings. Here we are particularly interested in heterogeneous robots that collaborate in complex scenarios with incomplete, dynamically changing information. In detail, we consider a search and rescue setting, where robots with different capabilities work together to accomplish tasks (rescue) and find information about further tasks (search) at the same time. The state of the art for such collaboration is robot control based on independent planning for robots with different capabilities and typically incorporates uncertainty with only a limited scope. In contrast, in this paper, we create a joint plan to optimise all robots' actions incorporating uncertainty about the future information gain of the robots. We evaluate our planner's performance in settings based on real disasters and find that our approach decreases the response time by 20-25% compared to state-of-the-art approaches. In addition, practical constraints are met in terms of time and resource utilisation.

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Michalak T, Rahwan T, Elkind E, Wooldridge M, Jennings NRet al., 2016, A hybrid exact algorithm for complete set partitioning, ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, Vol: 230, Pages: 14-50, ISSN: 0004-3702

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Obraztsova S, Rabinovich Z, Elkind E, Polukarov M, Jennings NRet al., 2016, Trembling hand equilibria of plurality voting, Pages: 440-446, ISSN: 1045-0823

Trembling hand (TH) equilibria were introduced by Selten in 1975. Intuitively, these are Nash equilibria that remain stable when players assume that there is a small probability that other players will choose off-equilibrium strategies. This concept is useful for equilibrium refinement, i.e., selecting the most plausible Nash equilibria when the set of all Nash equilibria can be very large, as is the case, for instance, for Plurality voting with strategic voters. In this paper, we analyze TH equilibria of Plurality voting. We provide an efficient algorithm for computing a TH best response and establish many useful properties of TH equilibria in Plurality voting games. On the negative side, we provide an example of a Plurality voting game with no TH equilibria, and show that it is NP-hard to check whether a given Plurality voting game admits a TH equilibrium where a specific candidate is among the election winners.

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Powell R, An B, Jennings NR, Long T-Tet al., 2016, On the Vulnerability of Outlier Detection Algorithms in Smart Traffic Control Systems, 7th International Conference on Decision and Game Theory for Security (GameSec), Publisher: SPRINGER INT PUBLISHING AG, Pages: 474-475, ISSN: 0302-9743

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Pruna RT, Polukarov M, Jennings NR, 2016, An Asset Pricing Model with Loss Aversion and its Stylized Facts, IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence (IEEE SSCI), Publisher: IEEE

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Ramchurn SD, Trung DH, Wu F, Ikuno Y, Flann J, Moreau L, Fischer JE, Jiang W, Rodden T, Simpson E, Reece S, Roberts S, Jennings NRet al., 2016, A Disaster Response System based on Human-Agent Collectives, JOURNAL OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE RESEARCH, Vol: 57, Pages: 661-708, ISSN: 1076-9757

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Ramchurn SD, Wu F, Jiang W, Fischer JE, Reece S, Roberts S, Rodden T, Greenhalgh C, Jennings NRet al., 2016, Human-agent collaboration for disaster response, AUTONOMOUS AGENTS AND MULTI-AGENT SYSTEMS, Vol: 30, Pages: 82-111, ISSN: 1387-2532

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Robu V, Chalkiadakis G, Kota R, Rogers A, Jennings NRet al., 2016, Rewarding cooperative virtual power plant formation using scoring rules, ENERGY, Vol: 117, Pages: 19-28, ISSN: 0360-5442

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Shi B, Gerding EH, Jennings NR, 2016, An equilibrium analysis of trading across multiple double auction marketplaces using fictitious play, ELECTRONIC COMMERCE RESEARCH AND APPLICATIONS, Vol: 17, Pages: 134-149, ISSN: 1567-4223

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Stein S, Gerding EH, Nedea A, Rosenfeld A, Jennings NRet al., 2016, Bid2Charge: Market user interface design for electric vehicle charging, Pages: 882-890, ISSN: 1548-8403

Copyright © 2016, International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (www.ifaamas.org). All rights reserved. We consider settings where owners of electric vehicles (EVs) participate in a market mechanism to charge their vehicles. Existing work on such mechanisms has typically assumed that participants are fully rational and can report their preferences accurately to the mechanism or to a software agent participating on their behalf. However, this may not be reasonable in settings with non-expert human end-users. To explore this, we compare a fully expressive interface that covers the entire space of preferences to two restricted interfaces that reduce the space of possible options. To enable this analysis, we develop a novel game that replicates key features of an abstract EV charging scenario. In two extensive evaluations with over 300 users, we show that restricting the users' preferences significantly reduces the time they spend deliberating. More surprisingly, it also leads to an increase in their utility compared to the fully expressive interface (up to 70%). Finally, we find that a reinforcement learning agent displays similar performance trends, enabling a novel methodology for evaluating market interfaces.

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Venanzi M, Guiver J, Kohli P, Jennings NRet al., 2016, Time-Sensitive Bayesian Information Aggregation for Crowdsourcing Systems, JOURNAL OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE RESEARCH, Vol: 56, Pages: 517-545, ISSN: 1076-9757

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Xu H, Tran-Thanh L, Jennings NR, 2016, Playing repeated security games with no prior knowledge, Pages: 104-112, ISSN: 1548-8403

Copyright © 2016, International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (www.ifaamas.org). All rights reserved. This paper investigates repeated security games with unknown (to the defender) game payoffs and attacker behaviors. As existing work assumes prior knowledge about either the game payoffs or the attacker's behaviors, they are not suitable for tackling our problem. Given this, we propose the first efficient defender strategy, based on an adversarial online learning framework, that can provably achieve good performance guarantees without any prior knowledge. In particular, we prove that our algorithm can achieve low performance loss against the best fixed strategy on hindsight (i.e., having full knowledge of the attacker's moves). In addition, we prove that our algorithm can achieve an efficient competitive ratio against the optimal adaptive defender strategy. We also show that for zero-sum security games, our algorithm achieves efficient results in approximating a number of solution concepts, such as algorithmic equilibria and the minimax value. Finally, our extensive numerical results demonstrate that, without having any prior information, our algorithm still achieves good performance, compared to state-of-the-art algorithms from the literature on security games, such as SUQR [19], which require significant amount of prior knowledge.

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Zenonos A, Stein S, Jennings NR, 2016, An algorithm to coordinate measurements using stochastic human mobility patterns in large-scale participatory sensing settings, Pages: 3936-3942

© 2016, Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (www.aaai.org). All rights reserved. Participatory sensing is a promising new low-cost approach for collecting environmental data. However, current large-scale environmental participatory sensing campaigns typically do not coordinate the measurements of participants, which can lead to gaps or redundancy in the collected data. While some work has considered this problem, it has made several unrealistic assumptions. In particular, it assumes that complete and accurate knowledge about the participants future movements is available and it does not consider constraints on the number of measurements a user is willing to take. To address these shortcomings, we develop a computationally-efficient coordination algorithm (Bestmatch) to suggest to users where and when to take measurements. Our algorithm exploits human mobility patterns, but explicitly considers the inherent uncertainty of these patterns.We empirically evaluate our algorithm on a real-world human mobility and air quality dataset and show that it outperforms the state-of-the-art greedy and pull-based proximity algorithms in dynamic environments.

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