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Welcome to Vivek Nallur’s (mostly) academic site on the web. I am an academic who is interested in complex systems, emergence, machine ethics and decentralized mechanisms of adaptation.

I’m very interested in complex self-adaptive systems, engineering emergent feedback loops, predicting and controlling emergence in humano-tech systems (where technical systems interact heavily with human desires/abilities), engineering robust systems from non-robust parts. If you’re interested in collaborating, or just want to chat about a specific topic, get in touch.

Multi-Agent Systems

Multi-Agent Systems (MAS) are my preferred tool for approaching problems in self-adaptation, complexity, emergence, etc. They lend themselves to extensive forms of experimentation: having all agents follow simple rules, implementing complex machine-learning algorithms, investigating the interplay of different algorithms being used at the same time, are all possible with relatively simple conceptual structures. Decoding the end result and teasing out the real factor(s) responsible for a particular behaviour is considerably more difficult :-). But, that’s a part of the fun!

To know more about my professional activities, take a look at my research and teaching pages. If you are interested in doing a PhD with me, take a look at the doing a PhD , go through the research section, and try to come up with a 1-page proposal that conveys the gist of your idea and how it dovetails with my research interests.