Professor Seth BullockToshiba Chair in Data Science and Simulation
Department of Computer Science, University of Bristol
Room 3.30, The Merchant Venturers Building,
Woodland Road, Bristol, BS8 1UB, UK
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BiographyAfter 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.
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.
A longer list of things I am interested would include (deep breath): artificial intelligence, artificial life, behavioural ecology, bio-inspired computation, coevolution, cognitive science, complex networks, complex systems theory, complexity science, computational economics, data science, evolution, evolutionary algorithms, evolutionary biology, evolutionary computation, evolutionary game theory, evolutionary simulation modelling, experimental economics, individual-based modelling, learning, life sciences interface, major evolutionary transitions, modularity, networks science, philosophy of biology, philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, rationality, self-organisation, sexual selection, signalling, simulation modelling methodology, simulation models, simulation of adaptive behaviour, social networks, spatial networks, swarm robotics, tea drinking, the handicap principle, theoretical biology, ...
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Details (and pdfs) of PhD theses can be found here.
- DPhil "Evolutionary Simulation Models" (Sussex University, 1997)
- BA (Hons) "Psychology and Computer Models" (Sussex University, 1993)
Other Professional Activities
- I am a member of the EPSRC College.
- I was elected to the board of directors of the International Society for Artificial Life in 2008 and 2012.
- I am associate editor of the journals Adaptive Behavior and Frontiers in Robotics and AI.
- I was Conference Chair for the Eleventh International Conference on Artificial Life, hosted in Winchester, August 2008.
- I am co-editor of special issues of the journals Artificial Life and Complexity on themes of Visualization, Spatial Organisation and Complexity Science for Social Policy.
- I have carried out consultancy for the UK Government's Department of Trade and Industry and Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
- I have served as external examiner for the award of PhD in the UK
and abroad, and was external examiner for the MSc Evolutionary and
Adaptive Systems at the University of Sussex.