Vahid Yazdanpanah, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Computer Science, University of Southampton

Artificial Intelligence | Multiagent Systems | Intelligent Agents | Formal Methods | Game Theory

About me

I am an Assistant Professor (Lecturer) of Computer Science in the Agents, Interaction and Complexity (AIC) research group in the Department of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton, and a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Twente.

I received my PhD from the University of Twente on the application of multiagent techniques for implementing circular economy practices (2015 - 2019) and did my Master in Artificial Intelligence at Utrecht University (2013 - 2015). I also hold a Master degree in Business Administration (MBA) from University of Greenwich in a joint program with Saxion UAS (2011 - 2012).

A list of my publications is available at ORCID, DBLP, and Google Scholar.


My focus is on intelligent agent technologies, decision support concepts, and formal methods for multiagent systems. In particular, modeling the behavior of multiagent systems and logical frameworks to represent and reason about decision processes in multiagent settings. The following points characterize my general research interests:

    • Agent-based computing

    • Logics for multiagent systems

    • Strategic decision making and game theoretic approaches

    • Temporal representation and reasoning

    • Virtual organizations/institutions

    • Group responsibility and related socio-technical concepts

Research Projects

    • Co-Investigator at VESTAS (Verifiably Safe and Trusted Human-AI Systems)

    • Co-Investigator at XHS (Explainable Human-Swarm Systems)

    • Co-Investigator at ARGOS (AI-assisted Resilience Governance Systems)

    • Research Fellow at AutoTrust (Human Centered Internet of Vehicles)

    • Research Fellow at TAS Hub (UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous Systems Hub)

    • Research Collaborator at CCAIS (Citizen-Centric AI Systems)

    • PhD Researcher at SHAREBOX (Innovative Technologies for Circular Economy)

Academic Visit

From July to October 2019, I was an academic visitor at Imperial College London, visiting Prof. Nick Jennings.

Professional Services

Organising Comittee Member:

    • International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS-2023)

    • International Workshop on Citizen-centric Multiagent Systems (C-MAS 2023)

Program Comittee Member:

    • International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI-2021, 2022, 2023)

    • International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS-2021, 2023)

    • AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-2020, 2021, 2022, 2023)

    • European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI-2020, 2022)

    • International Workshop on Engineering Multiagent Systems (EMAS 2023)


    • Journal of Artificial Intelligence

    • Communications of the ACM

    • AI & Society

    • IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems

    • Annals of Operations Research

    • International Journal of Production Economics

    • EUMAS - European Conference on Multiagent Systems

    • MATES - German Conference on Multiagent Systems

    • BNAIC - Benelux Conference on Artificial Intelligence


  • Special Mention at the Blue Sky Ideas track of AAMAS 2021 (20th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems) for "Responsibility Research for Trustworthy Autonomous Systems" (joint work with Enrico Gerding, Sebastian Stein, Mehdi Dastani, Catholijn Jonker and Tim Norman).

  • Best Abstract at the 2021 Rabb Symposium on Embedding AI in Society for "Responsibility Ascription in Trustworthy Autonomous Systems" (joint work with Enrico Gerding, Sebastian Stein, Mehdi Dastani, Catholijn Jonker, Tim Norman and Gopal Ramchurn).

  • Best paper award of PRIMA 2016 (19th International Conference on Principles and Practice of Multi-Agent Systems) for “Distant Group Responsibility in Multi-Agent Systems” (joint work with Mehdi Dastani).


University of Southampton:

  • COMP2208: Intelligent Systems (2022- )

  • COMP2211: Software Engineering Group Project (2021- )

  • COMP3200: Part III Individual Project (2021- )

  • COMP3219: Engineering Management and Law (2022- )

  • COMP6200: MSc Project (2021- )

University of Twente:

  • Multiagent Systems (2016- )

  • Sustainable Business Development (2017-2020)

  • Bioresource Supply Chain Management (2018-2020)


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