David HalesDavid Hales
I do research at the overlap between computer science and social science. I am interested in open distributed systems that include both machine and human agencies where the imposition of central control is not an option and one can't rely on the "invisible hands" of orthodox economic (or game) theory. A synthesis is required between new kinds of social theory applicable to the artificial domain and distributed self-organising systems programming. Such a synthesis could transform, not just technology but, human societies in profound ways.

I have explored these ideas through evolutionary cooperation theory, complex networks, agent-based modelling and peer-to-peer systems. Recently I have become interested in how open distributed systems might provide novel ways to support financial functions without the need for centralised institutions such as banks. I am also interested in the application of new approaches to collective coordination that focus on social interaction rather than traditional economics-type incentive mechanisms.

I have worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at various European institutions including the University of Essex, Manchester Metropolitan University, University of Bologna, Technical University of Delft, The Open University in Milton Keynes, University of Szeged in Hungary, CNR Rome and ETH Lausanne.

I am currently a part-time researcher and honorary fellow of the Centre for Policy Modelling at Manchester Metropolitan University and also visiting senior research fellow of the Centre for Complexity and Design at the Open University, UK. I also undertake occasional contract work for the European Commission.

Hales online talk from 2007
Hales online talk
perada magazine
                  article 2011
new scientist
                  article 2005
Video - T.U. Dresden
Video - Imperial College
Article - PerAda Magazine
Article - New Scientist

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