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Academic Biography

Dr The Anh Han is Professor in Computer Science and Lead of the Center for Digital Innovation (CDI) in the School of Computing, Engineering and Digital Technologies, and has been at Teesside since 2014. Before joining Teesside, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the AI Lab of the Free University of Brussels (VUB), funded by the Belgium national research foundation FWO, and obtained his PhD at the AI Center of the New University of Lisbon. Prior to that, he completed a joint Masters degree, funded with an Eramus Mundus scholarship, at the New University of Lisbon and the Technical University of Dresden.

His current research interests span a wide range of topics within Artificial Intelligence and Multidisciplinary research, including AI safety behavioural modelling, dynamics of human cooperation, AI cognitive modelling, evolutionary game theory, agent-based modelling, intention recognition, and knowledge representation and reasoning. He also collaborates with behavioral economists to perform experiments with real human subjects in order to validate theoretical models related to human cooperative behaviour.

Prof Han has been awarded sevearal prestigious fellowships and grants, including from the Future of Life Institute, Leverhulme and FWO Belgium.

Within these topics, Dr Han's research has resulted in a book (published by Springer) and over 100 referred papers in high-ranking international scientific journals and top computer science conferences, including the journal of the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research (JAIR), Royal Society Interface, Nature Scientific Reports, JAAMAS, Mathematical Biology, Artificial Life journal, Dynamic Games and Applications, Adaptive Behaviour, AI Communications, IJCAI, AAAI, AAMAS, GECCO, CEC, ICLP, and LPAR.

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Summary of Research Interests

Artificial Intelligence:

  • AI safty / AI race modelling
  • AI cognitive modelling
  • agent-based modelling and multi-agent systems
  • Intention recognition
  • Knowledge representation and reasoning

Multi-disciplinary research:

  • Dynamics of human cooperation
  • Behavioural and incentive modelling
  • Evolution of cognition
  • Evolutionary game theory
  • Behavioural economics and psychology 


I am always looking for excellent PhD students and post-doc, especially in the following topics:

  1. AI race / AI safety / AI existential risks modelling
  2. agent-based modelling and multi-agent systems
  3. behaviour and incentives modelling
  4. cognitive modeling, theory-of-mind, intention recognition
  5. mathematical modelling in behavioural economics and psychology
  6. evolutionary game theory and classical game theory

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Intention Recognition, Commitments and Their Roles in the Evolution of Cooperation, Universidade Nova de LisboaCaparica

Award Date: 11 May 2012


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