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Accountable autonomy of software agents


Project Description

Many tasks once performed by humans are now carried out by autonomous artificial intelligence systems. An important aspect of such systems is their accountability, that is, how their decisions and behaviours can be recorded, scrutinised and, if necessary, revised. Practical reasoning software agents, in particular, become self-aware of their accountability and should factor in their accountability to change and improve their performance. This research should develop knowledge models and reasoning processes related to accountability and how these may influence practical reasoning of software agents.

Candidates should have (or expect to achieve) a UK honours degree at 2.1 or above (or equivalent) in Computing, artificial intelligence.

It is essential that the successful applicant has a background in Multi-agent and autonomous software agents and practical reasoning.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

• Apply for Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Computing Science
• State name of the lead supervisor as the Name of Proposed Supervisor
• State ‘Self-funded’ as Intended Source of Funding
• State the exact project title on the application form

When applying please ensure all required documents are attached:

• All degree certificates and transcripts (Undergraduate AND Postgraduate MSc-officially translated into English where necessary)
• Detailed CV
• Details of 2 academic referees

Informal inquiries can be made to Dr W Vasoncelos (@abdn.ac.uk) with a copy of your curriculum vitae and cover letter. All general enquiries should be directed to the Postgraduate Research School ()

Funding Notes

This project is advertised in relation to the research areas of the discipline of Computing Science. The successful applicant will be expected to provide the funding for Tuition fees, living expenses and maintenance. Details of the cost of study can be found by visiting View Website. THERE IS NO FUNDING ATTACHED TO THESE PROJECTS.

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