Professor Michael Wooldridge

Professor of Computer Science; Head of the Department of Computer Science; Senior Research Fellow, Hertford College


Professor Wooldridge’s research is ultimately about building computers which have the same kinds of social abilities that humans have and which can cooperate, coordinate, and negotiate with each other. Using logic, computational complexity, and game theory, he studies the design and potential applications of social software agents and multiagent systems – the term “agent” referring to a computer than can autonomously act on behalf of a user or owner. Such systems might in future be used in a huge number of ways, ranging from disaster management to e-commerce.


  • Information systems
  • Logic
  • Computational complexity
  • Game theory
  • Theory and practice of autonomous agents
  • Multi-agent systems

Media experience

Professor Wooldridge has media experience.