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Dr The Anh Han

Senior Lecturer in Computer Science

The Anh Han

About The Anh Han

Dr The Anh Han is a Lecturer in the School of Computing and has been at Teesside since 2014. Before joining Teesside, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the AI Lab of the Free University of Brussels (VUB), funded by the Belgium national research foundation FWO, and obtained his PhD at the AI Center of the New University of Lisbon. Prior to that, he completed a joint Masters degree, funded with an Eramus Mundus scholarship, at the New University of Lisbon and the Technical University of Dresden.

His current research interests span a wide range of topics within Artificial Intelligence and Multidisciplinary research, including dynamics of human cooperation, AI cognitive modelling, evolution of cognition, evolutionary game theory, agent-based modelling, intention recognition, and knowledge representation and reasoning.

Recently, he also collaborated with behavioral economists to perform experiments with real human subjects in order to validate theoretical models related to human cooperative behaviour.

Within these topics, Dr Han's research has resulted in a book (published by Springer) and over 45 referred papers in high-ranking international scientific journals and top computer science conferences, including the journal of the Royal Society Interface, Nature Scientific Reports, Artificial Life journal, Dynamic Games and Applications, Adaptive Behaviour, AI Communications, Theoretical Population Biology, Intelligent Decision Technologies, IJCAI, AAMAS, GECCO, CEC, ICLP, and LPAR.

Dr The Anh Han

Research interests and activities

Artificial Intelligence: 
  - AI cognitive modelling
  - agent-based modelling and multi-agent systems
  - intention recognition 
  - knowledge representation and reasoning

Multi-disciplinary research: 
  - dynamics of human cooperation  
  - evolution of cognition
  - evolutionary game theory
  - behavioural economics and psychology

I am highly interested in PhD supervision, especially in the following topics: 
1) dynamics of human cooperation 
2) agent-based modelling and multi-agent systems
3) cognitive modelling 
4) mathematical modelling in behavioural economics and psychology 
5) evolutionary game theory


Selected publications

T. A. Han.  Intention Recognition, Commitments and Their Roles in the Evolution of Cooperation: From Artificial Intelligence Techniques to Evolutionary Game Theory Models. SAPERE, Vol. 9, 167 pages, Springer, April 2013. [Book]

T. A. Han, F. C. Santos, T. Lenaerts and L. M. Pereira. Synergy between intention recognition and commitments in cooperation dilemmas. Nature Scientific Reports, 5 (9312), 2015.

Manh Hong Duong and T. A. Han. On the expected number of equilibria in a multi-player multi strategy evolutionary game. Journal of Dynamic Games and Applications, March 2015, DOI:10.1007/s13235-015-0148-0

Luis Martinez-Vaquer, T. A. Han., L. M. Pereira and T. Lenaerts. Apology and forgiveness evolve to resolve failures in cooperative agreements. Nature Scientific Reports, 5:10639, DOI: 10.1038/srep10639  (PDF and Abstract
T. A. Han, L. M. Pereira and T. Lenaerts. Avoiding or Restricting Defectors in Public Goods Games?J. Royal Society Interface, December 24, 2014 DOI: 10.1098/rsif.2014.1203 

T. A. Han, L. M. Pereira, F. C. Santos and T. Lenaerts. Good agreements make good friendsNature Scientific Reports, 3:2695(2013), Nature Publishing Group.

T. A. Han, L. M. Pereira and F. C. Santos. Corpus-based intention recognition in Cooperation Dilemmas.  Artificial Life. MIT Press, 18(4): 365-383, 2012. (Abstract)

T. A. Han, L. M. Pereira and F. C. Santos. Intention Recognition Promotes the Emergence of Cooperation. Adaptive Behavior, 19(3): 264-279, August 2011. (Abstract

T. A. Han, L. M. Pereira, F. C. Santos and T. Lenaerts. Why so hard to say sorry: evolution of apology with commitments in the iterated Prisoner’s Dilemma. In Proceedings of the 23nd International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI’2013), pages 177-183, AAAI Press, August 2013, Beijing, China.  

T. A. Han, L. M. Pereira and F. C. Santos. The Emergence of Commitments and Cooperation.  In Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-agent Systems (AAMAS 2012), ACM Proceedings, pages 559-566, Valencia, Spain, June 2012. (Abstract)

A full list of my publications can be viewed here:

View The Anh Han's Publications on TeesRep

In the news

  • University awarded prestigious grant to investigate the AI race
    BBC Radio Tees, Antony Collins, 11/10/2018
    Antony Collins talks to Dr The Anh Han about the University's prestigious grant from the Future of Life Institute and the study into the current AI bidding war.

  • Warning about 'cutting corners' in AI research
    Northern Echo, p49, 12/10/18, Northern Echo, online, 12/10/18
    A team of academics are urging caution amongst pioneers in artificial intelligence (AI) to prevent potentially catastrophic consequences if companies do not put safety first.

  • Cutting corners with artificial intelligence could have catastrophic consequences
    North East Chamber of Commerce, online, 09/10/2018, Tees Business, online, 10/10/18
    The escalating war to be pioneers in artificial intelligence (AI) could have catastrophic consequences if companies do not put safety before bragging rights

  • Creating 'healthy' buildings in HE, 30/09/2017; Building 4 Educaiton, 30/09/2017; Equarter, 30/09/2017
    Dr The Anh Han is working on the creation of "healthy" buildings.