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Fan Bi

Research Fellow, Faculty of Science



I was a PhD student in Computer Science at the School of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton. Before that, I was a Master's student in Artificial Intelligence at the School of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton.

Research Summary

The use of norms (conventions or standards of behaviour) to achieve cooperation and coordination in multi-agent systems.

Cooperation is often assumed to involve communication between individual agents, and much previous work in multi-agent systems has focussed on, e.g., explicit coordination protocols. However inter-agent communication is not always necessary. For example, agents who are able to observe one another and their environment, may only need agreed conventions or norms in order to achieve useful levels of cooperation. The aim of this project is to investigate the degree to which useful coordination can be achieved in multi-agent systems in which agents can learn norms, and the conditions that must hold for this to be the case.

Past Research

Resource allocation methods for fog computing

Fog computing is gaining popularity as a suitable computer paradigm for the internet of things (IoT). It is a virtualised platform that sits between IoT devices and centralised cloud computing. Fog computing has several characteristics, including proximity to IoT devices, low latency, geo-distribution, a large number of fog nodes, and real-time interaction. A key challenge in fog is resource allocation because existing resource allocation methods for cloud computing cannot directly apply to fog computing. In this project, we develop truthful and decentralised resource allocation methods for fog computing.

School of Computer Science

University of Nottingham
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Nottingham, NG8 1BB

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