Bio

Roger M. Whitaker is Professor of Collective Intelligence at the Cardiff University School of Computer Science and Informatics. His research addresses the intersection of human and machine intelligence, involving interdisciplinary collaboration with psychologists, biologists, sociologists, and engineers to create new capabilities and understanding through computation. This is exemplified through his recent collaborations resulting in new insights on indirect reciprocity and social comparison, the dynamics of prejudice, identity fusion and cognitive dissonance, using agent-based computational approaches and data analysis.

He has published over 150 peer-reviewed outputs including 50 journal papers. Between 2018-2021, he was leader for “Evolving Human Systems” projects across the award-winning Distributed Analytics and Information Sciences International Technology Alliance, funded by UK Ministry of Defence and US Department of Defense. He is the Academic Director of the £16M Supercomputing Wales programme, which also supports the UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in AI, ML and Advanced Computing. In addition to previous research developing intelligent techniques for networks, Professor Whitaker has also led successful collaborative EC FP7 projects as PI and coordinator (SOCIALNETS and RECOGNITION projects), exploiting cognitive and social concepts for communication networks. Alongside fundamental research, Professor Whitaker has continued his interest concerning innovation.

He co-directed the Data Innovation Accelerator, a £3.6M European funded project supporting product and service innovation in Welsh companies through data and AI (2019-2021). He has also undertaken numerous leadership positions at Cardiff University related to his academic interests, including Head of School of Computer Science and Informatics (2009-2012) and the inaugural Dean of Research and Innovation for Physical Sciences and Engineering (2012-2021).