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Research Projects

Market-Based Control of Complex Computational Systems
(this project has ended)

The marketplace is a dynamic place, in which the participants trade their goods and services with an intention to maximise their own utilities. Through such trading highly efficient resource allocations can be attained in dynamic and uncertain environments.

Against this background, this EPSRC funded project (in the Novel Computation call) intends to apply market-based paradigms to the design, control and evolution of complex distributed computational systems. The targetted applications include resource allocation in utility data centres, decentralised control of content delivery and multiple robotic systems. It is a collaboration between several leading UK universities, specialised in economic mechanism design, multi-agent systems and evolutionary computation. Our main role in this project is to devise the participant strategies in response to the resource constraints and the chosen market mechanism. The interactions between various agents, the behaviours that emerge and the approaches to the selection of strategies will also be examined.

Type: Normal Research Project
Research Groups: Intelligence, Agents, Multimedia Group, Information: Signals, Images, Systems Research Group, Agents, Interaction and Complexity
Themes: Agent Based Computing, E-Business Technologies, Decentralised Information Systems, Artificial Life
Dates: 1st January 2005 to 31st December 2009


  • University of Liverpool
  • University of Birmingham
  • Hewlett Packard Research Labs
  • BAE Systems
  • BT Research Labs



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