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Prof Karl Tuyls PhD, FBCS

Professor Computer Science


Personal Statement

Karl Tuyls is a fulltime Professor of Computer Science at the department of Computer Science, University of Liverpool since September 2013, and is also a part-time Professor of Bio-Inspired Robotics and Autonomous Systems at the Delft Center for Systems and Control, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands since April 2014. His main research interests span the areas of robotics, swarm intelligence, multi-agent systems, reinforcement learning, and evolutionary game theory. Previously, he held positions at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Hasselt University, Eindhoven University of Technology, and Maastricht University. Tuyls obtained a Phd in computer science from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium in 2004, after which he was subsequently a postdoc researcher at Hasselt University and Maastricht University. He was promoted to the assistant professor level early 2006 in Maastricht, and spent 1,5 years at Eindhoven University of Technology from 2008 until the summer of 2009. In August 2009 he was promoted to the Associate Professor level at Maastricht University, after which he founded the Swarmlab robotics laboratory that he directed until January 2014. From October 2010 until September 2013 he was the scientific director of the department of knowledge engineering (DKE) at Maastricht University, and a member of DKE’s management team. In 2013 he became a full professor and moved to the University of Liverpool.
Prof. Tuyls' research has received substantial attention from national and international press and media ( He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems and is editor-in-chief of the Springer briefs series on Intelligent Systems. Prof. Tuyls is also a member of the board of directors of the International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (IFAAMAS).

Personal Distinctions

  • Invited Speaker (Invitation to Speak, AAAI spring symposia, Challenges and Opportunities in Multiagent Learning for the Real World Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA 2016)
  • Invited Speaker (Invitation to Speak, NIPS, Learning, Inference and Control of Multi-Agent Systems Symposium 2015)
  • Guest Professor of BioInspired Robotics and Autonomous Systems (Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands 2015)
  • First place RoCKIn@Work competition, Lisbon, Portugal (EU, FP7 2015)
  • World Champion in RoboCup@work, Joao Pessoa, Brazil (RoboCup 2014)
  • Best paper award for 'Trading in markets with noisy information: an evolutionary analysis' (FOCAS 2014)
  • Runner up best demo award at AAMAS 2014 (IFAAMAS 2014)
  • Keynote Speech at ALIA 2014, Bangor, Wales (Keynote Speech, 2014)
  • First place at German Open RoboCup@Work competition (RoboCup 2014)
  • Best Demo Award for 'Applied robotics: precision placement in RoboCup@Work' (BNAIC 2013)
  • First place at international RoboCup@Work competition (RoboCup 2013)
  • Beste Demonstration award for Collison Avoidance with Localisation Uncertainty (IFAAMAS (AAMAS'12) 2012)
  • Information Technology Prize Belgium (Baudouin Elleboudt awards) (Prize, NIP-ITP 2000)

Administrative Roles

  • Research Director school of EEE&CS
  • Faculty Lead for Impact & Partnerships
  • Director of smARTLab, the robotics laboratory of the EEE&CS school (
  • REF committee computer science department
  • Advisory Committee Member Centre for Autonomous Systems Technology (CAST)