Smart grids will need smart agents

Nick Jennings, professor of computer science at Southampton University’s school of electronics and computer science, and an expert in software agents, says the coming intelligent grid to manage the country’s energy distribution and consumption, will rely on cooperation between autonomous software agents to control and manage itself.

A centralised control system will fail because of the complexity of managing upwards of 50 million smart meters plus the power generation and distribution points, he says.

Hear the full interview with Jennings Nick Jennings.mp3.

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