Imperial College London

ProfessorJeremyPitt

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Professor of Intelligent and Self-Organising Systems
 
 
 
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Contact

 

+44 (0)20 7594 6318j.pitt Website

 
 
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Assistant

 

Ms Joan O'Brien +44 (0)20 7594 6316

 
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Location

 

1010Electrical EngineeringSouth Kensington Campus

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Summary

 

Publications

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Pitt J, 2020, Apologies for the Inconvenience: (But Please Use It Wisely), IEEE TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY MAGAZINE, Vol: 39, Pages: 5-10, ISSN: 0278-0097

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Pitt J, Dryzek J, Ober J, 2020, Algorithmic Reflexive Governance for Socio-Techno-Ecological Systems, IEEE TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY MAGAZINE, Vol: 39, Pages: 52-59, ISSN: 0278-0097

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Pitt J, 2019, Deepfake Videos and DDoS Attacks (Deliberate Denial of Satire) [Editorial], IEEE TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY MAGAZINE, Vol: 38, Pages: 5-8, ISSN: 0278-0097

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Singh R, Bodhe AR, Kanuparthi P, Ananthakrishnan A, Pitt Jet al., 2019, From Classification to Definition: The Changing Nature of Human Adjudication, IEEE TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY MAGAZINE, Vol: 38, Pages: 55-62, ISSN: 0278-0097

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Burth Kurka D, Pitt J, Ober J, 2019, Knowledge management for self-organised resource allocation, ACM Transactions on Autonomous and Adaptive Systems, Vol: 14, ISSN: 1556-4665

Many instances of socio-technical systems in the digital society and digital economy require some form ofself-governance. Examples include community energy systems, peer production systems, participatory sensingapplications, and shared management of communal living areas or workspace. Such systems have severalfeatures in common, of which three are that they arerule-oriented,self-organisingandvalue-sensitive, and inoperation, this combination of features entails self-modification of the rules in order to satisfice a changeableset of values. This presents a fundamental dilemma for systems design. On the one hand, the system mustbe sufficiently unrestricted (resilient, flexible) to enable a diverse group but with a shared set of congruentvalues to achieve their joint purposes in collective action situations. On the other hand, it must be sufficientlyrestricted (stable, robust) to prevent a subset of the group from exploiting self-determination ‘against itself’ andusurp control of the system for the benefit of their own narrow interests. To address this problem, we considera study of classical Athenian democracy which investigates how the governance model of the city-stateflourished. The work suggests that exceptionalknowledge management, i.e. making information available forsocially productive purposes, played a crucial role in sustaining its democracy for nearly 200 years, by creatingprocesses for aggregation, alignment and codification of knowledge. We therefore examine the propositionthat some properties can be generalised to resolve the rule-restriction dilemma by establishing a set ofdesignprinciplesintended to make knowledge management processes open, inclusive, transparent and effective inself-governed social technical systems. We operationalise three of these principles in the context of a collectiveaction situation, namely self-organised common-pool resource allocation, and present the results of a series ofexperiments showing how knowledge managem

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Pitt J, Michael K, Bookman T, 2019, ISTAS 2018: Technology, Ethics, and Policy, IEEE TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY MAGAZINE, Vol: 38, Pages: 21-23, ISSN: 0278-0097

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Pitt J, 2019, Being Human in the Days/Daze of Big Data Irresponsible Design is Responsible for Diminishing Humanity, IEEE TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY MAGAZINE, Vol: 38, Pages: 5-9, ISSN: 0278-0097

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Pitt J, 2019, Transparent Ownership of Mobility-as-a-Service, IEEE TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY MAGAZINE, Vol: 38, Pages: 5-8, ISSN: 0278-0097

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Riveret R, Gao Y, Governatori G, Rotolo A, Pitt J, Sartor Get al., 2019, A probabilistic argumentation framework for reinforcement learning agents: towards a mentalistic approach to agent profiles, Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems, Vol: 33, Pages: 216-274, ISSN: 1387-2532

A bounded-reasoning agent may face two dimensions of uncertainty: firstly, the uncertainty arising from partial information and conflicting reasons, and secondly, the uncertainty arising from the stochastic nature of its actions and the environment. This paper attempts to address both dimensions within a single unified framework, by bringing together probabilistic argumentation and reinforcement learning. We show how a probabilistic rule-based argumentation framework can capture Markov decision processes and reinforcement learning agents; and how the framework allows us to characterise agents and their argument-based motivations from both a logic-based perspective and a probabilistic perspective. We advocate and illustrate the use of our approach to capture models of agency and norms, and argue that, in addition to providing a novel method for investigating agent types, the unified framework offers a sound basis for taking a mentalistic approach to agent profiles.

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Pitt J, 2019, Facts, Policies, and Values - The Democratic Triad Technology for Restoring Civil Discourse and Civic Dignity, IEEE TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY MAGAZINE, Vol: 38, Pages: 5-8, ISSN: 0278-0097

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Winfield AF, Michael K, Pitt J, Evers Vet al., 2019, Machine Ethics: The Design and Governance of Ethical AI and Autonomous Systems, PROCEEDINGS OF THE IEEE, Vol: 107, Pages: 509-517, ISSN: 0018-9219

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Pitt J, Rychwalska A, Roszczynska-Kurasinska M, Nowak Aet al., 2019, Democratizing Platforms for Social Coordination, IEEE TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY MAGAZINE, Vol: 38, Pages: 43-50, ISSN: 0278-0097

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Pitt J, Ober J, 2019, Democracy by design: basic democracy and the self-organisation of collective governance, 2018 IEEE 12th International Conference on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems (SASO), Publisher: IEEE, Pages: 20-29, ISSN: 1949-3673

Basic democracy has been proposed as a means of collective self-governance distinct from liberal democracy, i.e. it is a conventional rule-based system of empowerment, decision-making and public action that is both prior to and separate from concerns such as justice, morality and rights. In this paper, we investigate the automation of basic democracy as a framework for the self-organisation of collective governance in open systems. We present a series of simulation experiments in civic participation, legislation, and entrenchment, which demonstrate how an open system founded on the principles of basic democracy can mitigate the risks of oligarchy, autocracy and majoritarian tyranny. This implies that basic democracy can provide a stable platform for implementing value-driven requirements such as the supply of sustainable institutions and 'liberal' values like distributive justice. We conclude by considering the implications for the development and management of socio-technical systems, specifically that these systems should be 'supplied' based on the theory of basic democracy, codified as principles of democracy by design.

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Kurka DB, Pitt J, Lewis PR, Patelli M, Ekart Aet al., 2019, Disobedience as a Mechanism of Change, 12th IEEE International Conference on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems (SASO), Publisher: IEEE, Pages: 1-10, ISSN: 1949-3673

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Cardoso RP, Hart E, Pitt J, 2019, Evolving Robust Policies for Community Energy System Management, Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO), Publisher: ASSOC COMPUTING MACHINERY, Pages: 1120-1128

Conference paper

Andras P, Esterle L, Guckert M, The AH, Lewis PR, Milanovic K, Payne T, Perret C, Pitt J, Powers ST, Urquhart N, Wells Set al., 2018, Trusting Intelligent Machines Deepening Trust within Socio-Technical Systems, IEEE TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY MAGAZINE, Vol: 37, Pages: 76-83, ISSN: 0278-0097

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Pitt J, 2018, Complacency is the New Normal Shifting Public Discourse on Technological Acceptability, IEEE TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY MAGAZINE, Vol: 37, Pages: 5-7, ISSN: 0278-0097

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Stark E, Pitt J, Wicaksono AN, Milanovic K, Lush V, Hoover Set al., 2018, Odorveillance and the Ethics of Robotic Olfaction, IEEE TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY MAGAZINE, Vol: 37, Pages: 16-19, ISSN: 0278-0097

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Bourazeri A, Pitt J, 2018, Collective attention and active consumer participation in community energy it systems, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HUMAN-COMPUTER STUDIES, Vol: 119, Pages: 1-11, ISSN: 1071-5819

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Pitt J, Clippinger JH, Sorensen C, 2018, Values, Axial Currencies, and Computational Axiology Digital Currencies Can Do More than Buy Stuff, IEEE TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY MAGAZINE, Vol: 37, Pages: 56-63, ISSN: 0278-0097

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Pitt J, 2018, From Usability to Exploitability Digital Technology and Non-Participatory Design, IEEE TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY MAGAZINE, Vol: 37, Pages: 5-7, ISSN: 0278-0097

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Pitt J, 2018, Publish or Impoverish Academic Publishing and the Platform Economy, IEEE TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY MAGAZINE, Vol: 37, Pages: 5-6, ISSN: 0278-0097

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Pitt J, 2018, One at a Time, and All at Once The Benefits of Collective Action Can Begin with a Single Deed, IEEE TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY MAGAZINE, Vol: 37, Pages: 5-7, ISSN: 0278-0097

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Pitt J, Cardoso R, Hart E, Ober Jet al., 2018, Relevant Expertise Aggregation for Policy Selection in Collective Adaptive Systems, 3rd IEEE International Workshops on Foundations and Applications of Self* Systems (FAS*W), Publisher: IEEE, Pages: 136-141

Conference paper

Perret C, Powers ST, Pitt J, Hart Eet al., 2018, Can justice be fair when it is blind? How social network structures can promote or prevent the evolution of despotism, Conference on Artificial Life (ALIFE), Publisher: MIT PRESS, Pages: 288-295

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Pitt J, Hart E, 2017, For Flux Sake: The Confluence of Socially- and Biologically-Inspired Computing for Engineering Change in Open Systems, 2nd IEEE International Workshops on Foundations and Applications of Self* Systems (FAS*W), Publisher: IEEE, Pages: 45-50

Conference paper

Kurka DB, Pitt J, 2017, Smart-CPR: Self-Organisation and Self-Governance in the Sharing Economy, 2nd IEEE International Workshops on Foundations and Applications of Self* Systems (FAS*W), Publisher: IEEE, Pages: 85-90

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Kurka DB, Pitt J, 2017, The Principled Violation of Policy: Norm Flexibilization in Open Self-Organising Systems, 2nd IEEE International Workshops on Foundations and Applications of Self* Systems (FAS*W), Publisher: IEEE, Pages: 33-38

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Garbiso J, Diaconescu A, Coupechoux M, Pitt J, Leroy Bet al., 2017, Distributive Justice for Fair Auto-adaptive Clusters of Connected Vehicles, 2nd IEEE International Workshops on Foundations and Applications of Self* Systems (FAS*W), Publisher: IEEE, Pages: 79-84

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Pitt J, Ober J, Diaconescu A, 2017, Knowledge Management Processes and Design Principles for Self-Governing Socio-Technical Systems, 2nd IEEE International Workshops on Foundations and Applications of Self* Systems (FAS*W), Publisher: IEEE, Pages: 97-102

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