Joanna J. Bryson is a transdisciplinary researcher on the structure and dynamics of human- and animal-like intelligence. Her research covers topics ranging from artificial intelligence through autonomy and robot ethics to human cooperation and has appeared in venues ranging from Reddit to Science. Joanna is a professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Bath, where she founded and for several years led the Intelligent Systems research group. Joanna is also affiliated with Bath’s Institutes for Policy Research and Mathematical Innovation, as well as their Centres for Networks and Collective Behaviour and for Digital Entertainment. She has held visiting academic positions with Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy (where she is still affiliated), the Mannheim Centre for Social Science Research, the Department of Anthropology at Oxford, where she worked on Harvey Whitehouse’s Explaining Religion project, the Methods & Data Institute at Nottingham, doing agent-based modeling in political science, and the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution & Cognition Research in Austria, where she researched the biological origins of culture. She has conducted academic research in Edinburgh’s Human Communication Research Centre and Harvard’s Department of Psychology. Outside of academia, Joanna has worked in Chicago’s financial industry, an international organization management consultancy, and industrial AI research. Joanna has served on the senate, council, and court for the University of Bath, representing the academic assembly. She is currently a member of the College of the British Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and serves as a member of the editorial board for several academic journals, including Adaptive Behaviour, AI & Society, Connection Science, and the International Journal of Synthetic Emotions. Joanna holds a degree in behavioural science (nonclinical psychology) from Chicago, an MSc in artificial intelligence and an MPhil in psychology from Edinburgh, and a PhD in artificial intelligence from MIT.
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