This is an overview of current AmonI research projects.
For previous projects (some of which we are still interested
in) see Older Research
Our policy is to publish software as soon as the archival
journal article comes out that it supports. That software is
available on the AmonI software page
also our seminar series listed on our home
- Joanna Bryson is getting well known for
Ethics and AI
Ethics more generally. Holly Wilson and Andreas
Theodorou are working in this area too.
- Joanna Bryson, Rob Wortham and Andreas Theodorou are
working on Robot
and AI Transparency.
- We're looking to cooperate with some people on making AI
DevOps more of a thing, in order to improve accountability
as well as transparency for AI.
- We are very active in working on AI Policy.
- Joanna Bryson designed a methodology for building
complex AI systems called Behavior
Oriented Design (BOD). We are use this both
for some of our more complicated modelling (see task
learning & social behaviour below) and for cognitive
systems development more generally (see further below).
- Andreas Theodorou is working to improve a real-time
editor for BOD, ABODE.
His version has a real-time debugging capacity, and is
- Another aspect of this research
is our work on improving the representation of life-like
artificial intelligence emotions. A number of these
systems are available on the AmonI
Software Page, see also Older Research.
- Paul Rauwolf is
interested in self deception, and has as a result done a
lot of fascinating research on trust, gossip, and various
biases. We are now extending this work (with Holly Wilson)
to look at how intelligent technology can alter society.
- Will Lowe
studies political science using computational linguistics
to determine policy dynamics.
- We are trying to find time to continue working with Sam
Brown and Yifei
Wang on bacterial social behaviour and
- Joanna Bryson with Will Lowe, Ivana Cace & Avri
Biolovich are working on understanding the evolutionary
consequences of the altruistic communication of behaviour
-- that is, culture.
- Joanna Bryson, in collaboration with Avri Bilovich, Tim
McFarlane, Arvind Naraynan, Aylin Caliskan, and Will Lowe,
has worked on human semantics and how our knowledge
(including our negative biases or stereotypes) are
communicated via ordinary language.
- We have been interested in the Baldwin Effect, the
evolution of cognition, and its impact on social behaviour
for some time. Unfortunately right now most of this work
is presently on the older
research project page, but hopefully it will come
- Joanna Bryson and Nick Priest were working on epistasis
and (understanding the evolution of sex in terms of
gene stability) for a long time. Bryson started this work
Fletcher & Steve
Dorus. Marios Richards and Priest extended this work
to look specifically at compensatory mutation, and Yifei
Wang wound up taking over this project and getting
it really working.
Robots, intelligent spaces, VR Avatars and Computer Game
Not all of our applications are strictly scientific.
- Andreas Theodorou is working on how computer games can
be used to improve performance on public goods tasks, in
collaboration with Bryn Bandt-Law (Washington), Alin Coman
(Princeton) and Mark Riedl (Georgia Tech).
- Rob Wortham did a PhD on making AI more transparent,
particularly for robotics, and is still working in this
- Bidan Huang did a great recent PhD on dexterous
cognitive robotics with our collaborators in Aude Billard's laboratory at