Professor Roger Whitaker
College Dean of Research
Professor of Collective Intelligence
My interests concern Informatics and I am Professor of Collective Intelligence. This form of intelligence arises in groups, through people and/or machines collectively interacting. From technologies such as social media, smartphones, Internet and embedded AI, there is now a much greater opportunity to understand the combined effects and implications of different forms of intelligence, both artificial and human. You can read more about my work here. I am also the Dean of Research for the College of Physical Sciences and Engineering.
I am interested in Collective Intelligence. In particular, I focus on:
- The extending role of smartphones;
- Sociality, cooperation, groups and networks;
- Modelling human nature and behaviour.
These interests reflect that human cognition and technology are closely linked, with smartphones and social networks playing fundamental roles in the delivery and collection of diverse information. I explore the interaction between humans and technology using in-the-wild, social simulation and empirical studies, seeking to understand how and why seemingly intelligent group-level phenomena can emerge.