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Seminar: Innovating Multi-agent Algorithms for Smart Cities - Assoc Prof Takayuki Ito, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan

Presented by Assoc Prof Takayuki Ito, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan (invited by Prof Chengqi Zhang)

Abstract: A current important world-wide problem is that the existing social systems and mechanisms fail to harness and manage environmental changes because these systems and mechanisms are not *globally* optimised by effectively using computers and networks. Much work and effort has been undertaken against some *parts* of the social systems and mechanisms to partially optimise them. This research tackles the grand challenge of establishing multi-agent based computational social mechanism design theories, in which we focus on developing novel social systems and mechanisms that are globally optimised by using computers and networks, to apply them to society simulations and real world applications. The research enables the construction of globally-optimised social systems, which have not yet been realised, by using new multi-agent algorithms that employ the pricing mechanisms, matching mechanisms, and the route optimisation mechanisms with the computing power and network infrastructure. The methodology developed by this research will be applied to complex logistics, smart grids, and realtime pricing for city transportation with the computing power and network infrastructure. Further, we anticipate that the result will be applicable for recovering planning systems after huge scale disasters. In this talk, I will introduce the overall vision of this project and present some of the current research results. This research has been supported by the Funding Program for Next Generation World-Leading Researchers (NEXT Program) of the Japan Cabinet Office.

Bio: Dr Takayuki Ito is an Associate Professor at the Nagoya Institute of Technology, and a visiting scholar with MIT Sloan School of Management. He received his BE, ME, and Doctor of Engineering from the Nagoya Institute of Technology in 1995, 1997, and 2000, respectively. From 1999 to 2001, he was a research fellow at the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). From 2000 to 2001, he was a visiting researcher at USC/ISI (University of Southern California/Information Sciences Institute). From April 2001 to March 2003, he was an Associate Professor at the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST). From 2005 to 2006, he was a visiting researcher at both the Division of Engineering and Applied Science, Harvard University and at the Center for Coordination Science, MIT Sloan School of Management. From 2008 to 2010, he was a visiting researcher at the Center for Collective Intelligence, MIT Sloan School of Management. From 2010, he has been a senior researcher at the Policy Alternatives Research Institute, University of Tokyo. He is a board member of IFAAMAS, the PC-chair of AAMAS2013 and PRIMA2009, and was an SPC/PC member in many top-level conferences (IJCAI, AAMAS, ECAI, AAAI, etc). He received the Young Scientists' Prize from Japanese Government in 2007, and has won several other awards. He is Principle Investigator of the Japan Cabinet Funding Program for Next Generation World-Leading Researchers (NEXT Program). He also has several companiesthat handle web-based systems and enterprise distributed systems. His main research interests include multi-agent systems, intelligent agents, group decision support systems, agent-mediated electronic commerce, and software engineering in offshoring.

 

Date:
20 November 2012
Time:
14:00 - 15:00
Location:
City - Broadway CB10 Level 4, Room 460
Audience:
All Welcome
Contact:
Barbara Munday

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