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Colin R Williams

Colin's PhD

In May 2010, Colin submitted a negotiating agent (called IAMhaggler) to the first international Automated Negotiating Agents Competition (ANAC2010), which was held at the Ninth International Autonomous Agents and Multi-agent Systems (AAMAS2010) Conference in Toronto, Canada. The agent finished the competition in fourth place.

In August 2010, he attended the European Agent Systems Summer School (EASSS2010), held at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines de Saint-Etienne (ENSM-SE) in Saint-Etienne, France.

In February 2011, he submitted a further negotiating agent (called IAMhaggler2011) to the second international Automated Negotiating Agents Competition (ANAC2011), which was held at the Tenth International Autonomous Agents and Multi-agent Systems (AAMAS2011) Conference in Taipei, Taiwan. The agent finished the competition in third place.

In July 2011, he attended the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI-11) in Barcelona, Spain. During the conference, Colin presented his paper, entitled Using Gaussian Processes to Optimise Concession in Complex Negotiations against Unknown Opponents. A video recording of the presentation is also available.

Colin was part of the organising committee for the third international Automated Negotiating Agents Competition (ANAC2012), the finals of which were held at the Eleventh International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-agent Systems (AAMAS2012) in Valencia, Spain. In this competition, his agent was also awarded the prize of 'Most Social Agent' in recognition of the high social welfare it achieved compared to that of the other agents.

In June 2012, he attended the Eleventh International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-agent Systems (AAMAS2012) in Valencia, Spain. During the Fifth International Workshop on Agent-Based Complex Automated Negotiations (ACAN2012), Colin presented his paper, entitled Towards a Platform for Concurrent Negotiations in Complex Domains, which was awarded Best Student Paper.

In August 2012, he attended the Twentieth European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI2012) in Montpellier, France. Here, Colin presented his paper, entitled Negotiating Concurrently with Unknown Opponents in Complex, Real-Time Domains.

Colin successfully defended his PhD Thesis in November 2012.

In addition to his PhD research, Colin was the student representative for the former Intelligence, Agents and Multimedia group on the former ECS Graduate School Board. The student representative for the AIC group is now Oliver Parson.


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