Sarvapali RamchurnDr. Sarvapali D. Ramchurn is a lecturer at the School of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton. He obtained his PhD in Multi-Agent Systems under the supervision of Prof. Nick Jennings (a pioneer of multi-agent systems). Prior to his appointment as lecturer, he was a lead research fellow on the ALADDIN and IDEAS projects. Dr. Ramchurn has published over 35 peer-reviewed articles in prestigious journals (AIJ, JAIR) and conferences (AAMAS, IJCAI, AAAI) on the topics of multi-agent coordination, coalition formation, and more recently, on agent-based energy management applications. With his colleagues, he won the best paper award at AAMAS 2010 (the premier international conference) for their work on agent-based micro-storage in the smart grid. His work on agent-based demand-side management was also nominated for the best innovative agents application award at AAMAS 2011. Previously Dr. Ramchurn also led teams that won the Prisoner’s dilemma competition (2004&2005), and the RobocupRescue Infrastructure competition (2007).  Read his blog, Agents in the Smart Grid