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Academic Biography

Dr The Anh Han is a Reader (Associate Professor) in Computer Science 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 dynamics of human cooperation, AI cognitive modelling, evolution of cognition, evolutionary game theory, agent-based modelling, intention recognition, and knowledge representation and reasoning. Recently, he also collaborated with behavioral economists to perform experiments with real human subjects in order to validate theoretical models related to human cooperative behaviour.

Dr 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 80 referred papers in high-ranking international scientific journals and top computer science conferences, including the journal of the Royal Society Interface, Nature Scientific Reports, Mathematical Biology, Artificial Life journal, Dynamic Games and Applications, Adaptive Behaviour, AI Communications, IJCAI, AAAI, AAMAS, GECCO, CEC, ICLP, and LPAR.

See Dr The Anh Han's profile on Academia.edu.

Summary of Research Interests

Artificial Intelligence:

  • AI cognitive modelling
  • agent-based modelling and multi-agent systems
  • intention recognition
  • knowledge representation and reasoning

Multi-disciplinary research:

  • dynamics of human cooperation
  • incentive modelling
  • evolution of cognition
  • evolutionary game theory
  • behavioural economics and psycholog


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

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

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Research Output

Fear of Punishment Promotes the Emergence of Cooperation and Enhanced Social Welfare in Social Dilemmas

Cimpeanu, T. & Han, T. A., 9 May 2020, Proceedings of AAMAS'20. Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), p. 1819-1821 (AAMAS Proceedings).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
  • Making an Example: Signalling Threat in the Evolution of Cooperation

    Cimpeanu, T. & Han, T. A., 2020, (Accepted/In press).

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

    Open Access
  • 47 Downloads (Pure)

    Exogenous Rewards for Promoting Cooperation in Scale-Free Networks

    Cimpeanu, T., Han, T. A. & Santos, F. C., 15 Jul 2019, ALIFE 2019: The 2019 Conference on Artificial Life. Fellermann, H., Bacardit, J., Goñi-Moreno, Á. & Füchslin, R. M. (eds.). 31 ed. MIT Press, p. 316-323 (Artificial Life Conference Proceedings; no. 31).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Open Access
  • 106 Downloads (Pure)
    Open Access
  • 147 Downloads (Pure)

    Modelling and influencing the AI bidding war: A research agenda

    Han, T. A., Pereira, L. M. & Lenaerts, T., 27 Jan 2019, AIES 2019 - Proceedings of the 2019 AAAI/ACM Conference on AI, Ethics, and Society. Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, p. 5-11 7 p. (AIES 2019 - Proceedings of the 2019 AAAI/ACM Conference on AI, Ethics, and Society).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Open Access
  • 46 Downloads (Pure)

    Press / Media

    University awarded prestigious grant to investigate the AI race

    The Anh Han


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Press / Media