Michael Wooldridge is a highly influential figure in AI, currently serving as Professor of Computer Science at the University of Oxford and Senior Research Fellow at Hertford College. He is also the Director of Foundational AI Research and Turing AI World-Leading Researcher Fellow at The Alan Turing Institute, responsible for developing AI programs. Michael’s research focus is on developing techniques for understanding the dynamics of multi-agent systems. Deriving his pioneering ideas from computational complexity, agent-based modelling, game theory and logic, Michael is a thought leader and preeminent speaker on AI.
He earned his PhD at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology in 1991 and became a Lecturer in Computer Science at the Manchester Metropolitan University in 1992. Michael then joined Queen Mary and Westfield College as a Senior Lecturer before becoming a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Liverpool. At the University of Liverpool, he was later elevated to Head of Department and then Head of the School of Electrical Engineering, Electronic and Computer Science. In 2012, he joined the University of Oxford as Head of the Department of Computer Science.
A distinguished AI researcher for over three decades, Michael has published over 400 scientific articles on AI. He is also the author of nine books, including The Road to Conscious Machines, Artificial Intelligence, An Introduction to MultiAgent Systems and A Brief History of Artificial Intelligence. As a world-renowned authority on AI, Michael sits on multiple editorial boards for prominent journals, such as the Journal of Logic, Journal of Applied Logic and Computation, and Journal of Applied Artificial Intelligence, Games and Computational Intelligence. He is also Co-Editor in Chief of the Journal of Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems.
As a thought leader on AI, Michael is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, the Association for the Advancement of AI, and the European Association for AI. He has also served as President of the European Association for AI, the International Joint Conference on AI and the International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems. In acknowledgement of his cutting-edge contributions to AI, he received the ACM SIGART Autonomous Agents Research Award, the AAMAS Best Paper Award and the Lovelace Medal from the British Computer Society. A highly revered figure in AI, Michael has chaired the 19th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence and the 24th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence. Now sharing his ground-breaking insights into AI, Michael is a highly prized speaker to hire.