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Prof Edward Keedwell

Professor of Artificial Intelligence


Telephone: 01392 724014

Extension: (Streatham) 4014

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Professor Keedwell is Professor of Artificial Intelligence, and a Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute. He joined the Computer Science discipline in 2006 and was appointed as a lecturer in 2009. He has research interests in optimisation (e.g. genetic algorithms, swarm intelligence, hyperheuristics) machine learning and AI-based simulation and their application to a variety of difficult problems in bioinformatics and engineering yielding over 160 journal and conference publications. He leads a research group focusing on applied artificial intelligence and has been involved with successful funding applications totalling over £3.5 million from the EPSRC, Innovate UK, EU and industry.  Particular areas of current interest are the optimisation of transportation systems, the development of sequence-based hyperheuristics and human-in-the-loop optimisation methods for applications in engineering.  Current projects include:

  • KTP with City Science: Combined Optimisation of Transportation and Energy Networks
  • KTP with Darby and Darby: User-driven AI Platform for Legal Service
  • Advanced Metaheuristics and Hyperheuristics for Telecommunications Scheduling Problems (with BT)
  • EPSRC iCASE: Ethics and Artificial Intelligence: Privacy in Private Spaces (with Dyson)
  • Special Issue of Journal of Hydroinformatics "Making Water Smart"

Previous projects include:

Membership of professional bodies

Member of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Member of the EPSRC Peer Review College

Member of the IEEE Task Force on Hyperheuristics

Member of the AISB Committee (2010-2020)

Administrative responsibilities

Co-Lead, IDSAI Trustworthy AI Theme (2021-)

Director of Research, Computer Science (2015-2021)

Chair of the EPSRC Strategy Group (2018-2019)

Admissions Tutor, Computer Science (2013-2017)


BSc Cognitive Science, University of Exeter (1998)

PhD Computer Science, University of Exeter (2003)