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Dr Maria Chli

Senior Lecturer in Computer Science

Personal website
www.maria-chli.org

Phone number
+44 (0)121 204 3443 

Email
chlim@aston.ac.uk  

Room number
MB211E

Profile
I received the MEng and PhD degrees in Computing from Imperial College London, in 2001 and 2005, respectively. I was a research assistant at the Intelligent Systems and Networks Section, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College London between 2001 and 2006. I have been lecturer at the Computer Science subject group, Aston University, in Birmingham since 2006.  

My research interests include multi-agent systems, particularly modeling of complex systems using agent-based methodologies.

For more information on my latest research and publications please visit www.maria-chli.org

Qualifications & Education 

2001-2005 Imperial College London
PhD in Intelligent Systems

1997-2001 Imperial College London
MEng Computing

2006-2007 Aston University
Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education 

Employment

2006- Aston University
Lecturer in Computer Science

2001-2006 Imperial College London
Research Assistant, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Intelligent Systems and Networks Section.

April-Sept. 2000 and June-Sept. 1999 J.P.Morgan Investment Management
Industrial Placements as a Software Analyst 

Teaching activity  
CS2300 Java Program Construction, CS2230 Operating Systems, CS3340 Multi-agent Systems
Group and Final Year project supervision 

Research interests 
In most complex systems there is a mechanism that maps simple local rules to the macroscopic behaviour of these systems. We use agent-based modelling and simulation to investigate the following questions that arise from this fact:

  • Given the set of local interactions in a complex system (e.g. a society, an economy, an ecosystem) can we predict the large-scale patterns that emerge?

  • Given the large-scale patterns can we find the local interactions that lead to them?

  • Can we define local interactions that lead to the optimal large-scale patterns?


Keywords: multi-agent systems, agent-based modelling, biologically-inspired systems, decision-making, mechanism design, methodological advancement of agent-based modelling.

PhD Supervision 
Michael Winsper: Agent-based supply chain formation.

Michael Garlick: Multi-agent system models for consumer behaviour and policy formation.

I am always looking for well-qualified students who are interested in multi-agent systems research. Students with strong backgrounds in computing, engineering, mathematics or economics and excellent communication skills are encouraged to email me with a statement of interest and CV.

Selected publications  

Book

M. Chli, P. De Wilde, Convergence and Interaction in Multi-Agent Systems. To appear as a monograph in Springer Book Series: Advanced Information and Knowledge Processing, Series Editors: L.C. Jain and X. Wu 

Articles in Journals

1. M. Chli, P. De Wilde, The emergence of knowledge exchange: an agent-based model of a software market. In IEEE Transactions in Systems, Man and Cybernetics, Part A, Volume 38, Issue 5, pages 1056-1068, IEEE, September 2008. 

2. M. Chli, P. De Wilde, Internet Search: subdivision-based interactive query expansion and the soft semantic web. In Applied Soft Computing, Volume 6, Issue 4, Special Issue on Application of Soft Computing in Information & Communication Technology (ICT), pages 372-383, Elsevier, August 2006. 

3. P. De Wilde, M. Chli, Adapting Populations of Agents. In E. Alonso, D. Kudenko, and D. Kazakov, editors, Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence 2636, pages 110-124, Springer, Berlin, 2003.  

Articles in Refereed Conference Proceedings

1. M. Garlick, M. Chli, The effect of social influence and curfews on civil violence. In proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, to appear, 2009. 

2. M. Winsper, M. Chli, Effect of mobility on violence in a bi-communal population. In proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, to appear, 2009. 

3. M. Chli, P. De Wilde, Stability of Multi-Agent Systems. In Eugene Santos Jr. and Peter Willett, editors, Proceedings of the 2003 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, pages 551-556, Piscataway, NJ, 2003. IEEE. 

4. P. Mariano, M. Simoes Marques, L. Correia, R. Ribeiro, V. Abramov, J. Goossenaerts, M. Chli, and P. De Wilde, A model for agent mobility and interaction. In L. Gomes and R. Zurawski, editors, Proceedings of the 9th IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation, Piscataway, NJ, 2003. IEEE. 

5. M. Simoes Marques, P. Mariano, R. Ribeiro, L. Correia, M. Chli, P. De Wilde, V. Abramov, and J. Goossenaerts. Contributions to adaptable agent societies. In L. Gomes and R. Zurawski, editors, Proceedings of the 9th IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation, Piscataway, NJ, 2003. IEEE.

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