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My principal research interest is complex systems simulation: the application of modelling techniques developed within artificial intelligence, complexity science, maths and physics to understanding how complex systems behave. I am interested in the potential for the modelling techniques that I use to be applied to problems from many other disciplines. I have worked on problems from archaeology to zoology and my primary interests are in the life sciences and social sciences. I am also interested in self-organisation and adaptation in engineered systems, such as computational ecosystems, infrastructure systems, etc.
After gaining a BA in cognitive science and a DPhil (PhD) in evolutionary simulation modelling from the School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences at Sussex University, I spent two years in Berlin at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development working on simulating the evolution of adaptive decision-making behaviour in people and other animals. In 1999 I took up a five-year University Research Fellowship at the University of Leeds, founded the Biosystems research group, and became a Lecturer there in 2004. In October 2005 I joined the University of Southampton as Senior Lecturer, and helped to found the Science and Engineering of Natural Systems (SENSe) research group. In 2009 I became head of the SENSe group, and also became Director of Southampton's Institute for Complex Systems Simulation (ICSS). In 2011 I was promoted to Professor of Computer Science and helped found the Agents, Interaction and Complexity (AIC) research group. In 2015 I joined the University of Bristol's Department of Computer Science as Toshiba Chair in Data Science and Simulation.
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Richards, A. G., Wilson, R. E., Johnson, A., Bullock, S., Lawry, J., Noyes, J. M., Hauert, S., Bode, N. W. F., Pitonakova, L., Kent, T., Crosscombe, M., Zanatto, D., Alkan, B., Drury, K. L., Hogg, E., Bonnell, W. D., Bennett, C., Clarke, C. E. M., Potts, M. W., Sartor, P. N., Harvey, D., Rayneau-Kirkhope, B., Galvin, K., Lam, J., Barden, E., Chattington, M., Radanovic, M., Morey, E. J., Ball, M., Hunt, E. R., Richards, A. G., Radanovic, M., Morey, E. J., Steane, V., Reed Edworthy, J. & Hart, S. G.
1/10/17 → 31/03/23
Exploiting Intrinsic Multi-Agent Heterogeneity for Spatial Interference Reduction in an Idealised Foraging TaskBennett, C., Lawry, J. & Bullock, S., 28 Apr 2022, p. 264-272. 9 p.
Research output: Contribution to conference › Conference PaperOpen AccessFile7 Downloads (Pure)
Fox, R. & Bullock, S., 8 Jul 2022, In: Adaptive Behavior. 20 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal) › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile6 Downloads (Pure)
Hart, S., Steane, V., Bullock, S. & Noyes, J. M., 20 Aug 2022, Human Interaction & Emerging Technologies (IHIET 2022): Artificial Intelligence & Future Applications. AHFE International, Vol. 68. 10 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Conference Contribution (Conference Proceeding)Open AccessFile
Code and data set for "The robustness-fidelity trade-off in Grow When Required neural networks performing continuous novelty detection"
Bullock, S. (Creator) & Pitonakova, L. (Creator), University of Bristol, 27 Mar 2019
A Model to Investigate Exploiting Intrinsic Multi-Agent Heterogeneity for Spatial Interference Reduction in an Idealised Foraging Task
Data from Study_How does complexity affect the successful engineering of systems throughout a system lifecycle
Bullock, S. (Creator) & Potts, M. (Creator), University of Bristol, 20 Jul 2020
R E Wilson (Organiser), Katie L Drury (Organiser), Jan M Noyes (Speaker), Seth Bullock (Chair), Arthur G Richards (Participant), Jonathan Lawry (Chair), Sophie Hart (Participant), Emily J Morey (Participant), Chris Bennett (Participant) & Elliott Hogg (Participant)28 Jun 2022 → 30 Jun 2022
Activity: Participating in or organising an event types › Participation in conference
Seth Bullock (Contributor) & Angus Johnson (Contributor)26 Sep 2018
Activity: Other activity types › Media coverage or participation