James Martin Borg

Social Learning and Cultural Evolution in Artificial Evolutionary Systems

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At a Glance | Employment | Education | Teaching & Admin | Research & Publications| Affiliations & Research Activities | Funding, Awards and Research Students

At a Glance

Name: James Martin Borg BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD, AFHEA

Current Employment: Lecturer in Computer Science, Aston University, UK

Years of Teaching Experience: 13

Published Outputs: 13 (+1 in under review; +1 in preparation)

h-index: 4

i10-index: 3

Citations: 81

Orcid ID: 0000-0002-6662-0849

Homepage (Institutional): https://research.aston.ac.uk/en/persons/james-borg

Research Interests: Social Learning; Cultural Evolution; Artificial Evolutionary Systems; Evolutionary Robotics; Neuroevolution; Adaptive Behavior; Sociotechnical Systems; Computational Intelligence; Open-ended Evolution; Agent-Based Models

Programming Languages: C++, Java, Python, Pop-11, Prolog, Netlogo

Employment

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Lectureships

Lecturer in Computer Science

  • School of Informatics and Digital Engineering

  • Aston University

  • 01/2022 ongoing

Lecturer in Evolutionary Systems

  • School of Computing and Mathematics

  • Keele University

  • 01/2018 – 01/2022

Fellowships

Teaching Fellow (Full Time)

  • School of Computing and Mathematics

  • Keele University

  • 09/2016 – 01/2018


Teaching Fellow (Part Time)

  • School of Computing and Mathematics

  • Keele University

  • 09/2009 – 09/2016

Teaching Assistant

Sessional Teacher

  • School of Computing and Mathematics

  • Keele University

  • 01/2022 03/2022

Demonstrator/ Teaching Assistant

  • School of Computer Science

  • University of Birmingham

  • 09/2008 – 07/2009

Education

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Postgraduate

PhD


Postgraduate Award

  • Teaching Reflectively in Higher Education

  • Award: Pass

  • Keele University

  • 09/2014 - 03/2015

Masters

MSc

  • Advanced Computer Science

  • Award: Merit

  • School of Computer Science

  • University of Birmingham

  • 09/2008 – 08/2009

Undergraduate

Bsc(Hons)

  • Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science

  • Award: 2:1

  • School of Computer Science

  • University of Birmingham

  • 09/2005 - 07/2008

Teaching & Administration

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Undergraduate Teaching

HFEQ Level 4 (1st Year)

    • Communication, Confidence and Competence: 2021 - 2022

    • Cybercrime: 2010 - 2017, 2018 - 2022

    • Natural Computation: 2016 - 2017

    • Programming II: Data Structures and Algorithms: 2015 - 2016

    • Programming I: Programming Fundamentals: 2011 - 2012

    • Information Systems and Interaction: 2011 - 2014

    • Introduction to Information Systems: 2010 - 2011

    • Human Computer Interaction: 2009 - 2011

HEFQ Level 5 (2nd Year)

    • Computational and Artificial Intelligence I: 2019 - 2022

    • Individual Study Topic in Computer Science: 2019 - 2020

    • Computational Intelligence I: 2016 - 2019

    • Advanced Programming Practices: 2012 - 2014

HFEQ Level 6 (3rd Year)

    • UG Projects: 2011 - 2019

    • Security Governance, Risk Management and Policy: 2022 - ongoing

Postgraduate Teaching

Level 7 (4th Year/MSc)

    • MSc Projects: 2011 - 2013

    • Collaborative Application Development: 2016 - 2017

    • Research and Consultancy Skills: 2017 - 2018

    • Deep Learning: 2022 - ongoing

Administration and Pastoral

Administration

    • Computing at Schools Community Hub Leader: 2021 - 2022

    • School Sustainability Committee Member: 2020 - 2022

    • Faculty of Natural Sciences Ethics Committee Member: 2018 - 2022

    • School Education Committee Member: 2018 - 2022

    • School Academic Conduct Officer: 2018 - 2022

    • Student Voice Committee Convener: 2017 - 2022

    • Departmental Seminar Organiser: 2015 - 2018

    • Departmental Examinations Officer: 2016 - 2017

    • Green Impact Team Member: 2014 - 2016

    • International Study Centre (Study Group International) Link Tutor: 2011 - 2014

    • School Learning and Teaching Committee Member: 2011 - 2014

Pastoral

    • First Year Tutor: 2019 - 2022

    • School Disability Support Officer: 2009 - 2010

    • Personal Tutor: 2009 - 2022

Publications

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Also see my Publications and Outputs page.

Journal
Articles


  • Brooks N, Powers ST and Borg JM (in preparation). Modeling social capital for load balancing in community energy systems. Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation.

  • Borg JM, Buskell A, Kapitany R, Powers ST, Reindl E and Tennie C. (under review). Evolved open-endedness in cultural evolution: A new dimension in open-ended evolution research. Artificial Life. MIT Press. https://arxiv.org/abs/2203.13050

  • Grove M, Timbrell L, Jolley B, Polack F and Borg JM. (2022). The importance of noise colour in simulations of evolutionary systems. Artificial Life, vol. 27 (3–4), pp.164-182. MIT Press. https://doi.org/10.1162/artl_a_00354

  • Borg JM and Channon A. (2021). The effect of social information use without learning on the evolution of social behavior. Artificial Life, vol. 26(4), pp.431-454. MIT Press. https://doi.org/10.1162/artl_a_00328

  • Marriott C, Borg JM, Andras P, Smaldino PE. (2018). Social Learning and Cultural Evolution in Artificial Life. Artificial Life, vol. 24(1), pp.5-9. https://doi.org/10.1162/artl_a_00250

Conference Proceedings

  • Grove M, Borg JM and Polack F. (2020). Coloured noise time series as appropriate models for environmental variation in artificial evolutionary systems. Proceedings of ALIFE 2020: The 2020 Conference on Artificial Life. (pp. 292-299) MIT Press. https://doi.org/10.1162/isal_a_00284 (awarded Best Paper)

  • Brooks N, Powers ST and Borg JM. (2020). A mechanism to promote social behaviour in household load balancing. Proceedings of ALIFE 2020: The 2020 Conference on Artificial Life. (pp. 95-103) MIT Press. https://doi.org/10.1162/isal_a_00290

  • Borg JM and Channon A. (2017). Evolutionary Adaptation to Social Information Use Without Learning. Applications of Evolutionary Computation, EVOAPPLICATIONS 2017, PT I (vol. 10199, pp. 837-852). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-55849-3_54

  • Jolley BP, Borg JM, Channon A. (2016). Analysis of Social Learning Strategies When Discovering and Maintaining Behaviours Inaccessible to Incremental Genetic Evolution. From Animals to Animats 14 (vol. 9825, pp. 293-304). http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-43488-9_26

  • Borg J and Channon AD. (2012). Testing the Variability Selection Hypothesis: The Adoption of Social Learning in Increasingly Variable Environments. In: ALIFE 13: The 13th Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems. (pp. 317-314). MIT Press. https://doi.org/10.7551/978-0-262-31050-5-ch042

  • Borg JM, Channon A, Day C. (2011). Discovering and maintaining behaviours inaccessible to incremental genetic evolution through transcription errors and cultural transmission. In: ECAL 2011: Proceeding of the Eleventh European Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems. (pp. 101-108). MIT Press. https://doi.org/10.7551/978-0-262-29714-1-ch019 [Read Here]

Workshop Abstracts

Affiliations and Research Activities

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Affiliations

Work Affiliations

External Organisation Affiliations (Academic)

  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)

  • Member of the International Society for Artificial Life (ISAL)

  • Member of the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour (AISB)

  • Member of the Cultural Evolution Society (CES)

Former External Organisation Affiliations (Academic)


Reviewing and Examining

Grant and Fellowship Reviewing

  • EPSRC Peer Review College

    • EPSRC Fellowship Scheme
      2022 - Ongoing

Programme Committee Memberships

  • Artificial Life conference 2021, Prague, Czech Republic/Virtual

  • Artificial Life conference, 2020, Montreal, Canada/Virtual

  • Artificial Life conference, 2019, Newcastle, UK

  • Artificial Life conference, 2018, Tokyo, Japan

  • European Conference on Artificial Life, 2017, Lyon, France

  • Artificial Life XV conference, 2016, Cancun, Mexico

Reviewer Activity and Editorships

Other

  • External Examiner (PhD) - Aston University

    • 2021

    • Student: Chloe Barnes

    • Thesis Title: "Interference and Volatility in Evolutionary Agent-Based Systems"

    • PhD Advisor: Dr Peter Lewis, Aston University

  • External Examiner (MRes) - University of Birmingham

    • 2021

    • Student: Zimin Liang

    • Project Title: “Use Agent-Based Simulation to Investigate the Impact of Social Learning Between Communities”

    • MRes Advisor: Dr Per Kristian Lehre, University of Birmingham

  • Internal Examiner (PhD - Progression)

    • 2021

    • Student: Jamila Osman

    • Project Title: “An Investigation of how Artificial Intelligence can be taught in the British Secondary Curriculum

    • PhD Advisors: Dr Ed de Quincey, Keele University; Dr Sandra Woolley, Keele University.

  • External Examiner (MSc) - University of Cape Town

    • 2019

    • Student: Chien-Lun (Allen) Huang

    • Project Title: “Neuro-Evolution Search Methodologies for Collective Self-Driving Vehicles”

    • MSc Advisor: Dr Geoff Nitschke, University of Cape Town

Participation and Organisation

Workshop and Event Organisation

  • Workshop on the Emergence and Evolution of Social learning, Communication, Language and Culture in Natural and Artificial Agents (EVOSLACE)

    • Artificial Life conference, 2018, Tokyo, Japan

  • 1st Interdisciplinary Workshop on Social Learning and Cultural Evolution

    • Keele University, UK, 2017

Invited Talks and Participation

  • Royal Society Discussion Meeting: The emergence of collective knowledge and cumulative culture in animals, humans and machines

    • The Royal Society, London, 14 - 15 March 2022

    • Nature: Accepted Poster

    • Poster Title: "Beyond Cumulative Culture: Evolved Open-Endedness in Real and Artificial Cultural Evolutionary Systems"

    • Poster

  • OEE4: The Fourth Workshop on Open-Ended Evolution

    • Prague, Czech Republic (virtual), 19 - 23 July 2021

    • Nature: Accepted Talk

    • Talk Title: “Evolved Open-Endedness in Cultural Evolution“

    • Extended Abstract

  • Cultural Evolution Society Conference

    • Sapporo, Japan (virtual), 9 - 11 June 2021

    • Nature: Accepted Talk

    • Talk Title: “Insights from Artificial Life: Measuring and Classifying Open-Ended Evolutionary Dynamics“

    • Recording, Slides and Abstract

  • York Cross-disciplinary Centre for Systems Analysis Seminar Series

    • University of York (virtual), 18 March 2021

    • Nature: Invited Talk

    • Talk Title: “Coloured noise and the evolution of environmental tolerance in artificial evolutionary systems

    • Recording, Slides and Abstract

  • 3rd Trusting Intelligence Machines (TIM) Workshop

    • Schloss Rauischholzhausen, Germany, 26 -29 May 2020

    • Nature: Invited Participation

  • 2nd Trusting Intelligence Machines (TIM) Workshop

    • Schloss Rauischholzhausen, Germany, 27 -29 May 2019

    • Nature: Invited Participation (unable to attend)

  • Workshop on Evolution and Dynamics of Institutions 2019

    • Edinburgh Napier University, UK, 20 - 22 May 2019

    • Nature: Invited Talk

    • Talk Title: “Evolutionary adaptation to social information use without learning”

  • The First International Workshop of Social Learning and Cultural Evolution.

    • Cancun, Mexico, 2016

    • Nature: Accepted Talk

    • Talk Title: “Social Learning Strategies: Who you learn from affects how new behaviours are discovered”

    • Extended Abstract

  • Research Centre for Environment, Physical Sciences, and Mathematics (EPSAM) Festival 2012

    • Keele University, UK, 2012

    • Nature: Invited Talk

    • Talk Title: “Social Learning and Cultural Evolution in Artificial Evolutionary Systems”

Funding, Awards and Research Students

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Funding

Funding Awarded

  • Keele University, Research Development Funding - £3100

    • With: Dr Matt Grove, University of Liverpool

    • For: Support for development of interdisciplinary research project with Dr Matt Grove, University of Liverpool

    • Project: “The effect of scaling coloured noise time series on modeling population persistence and extinction.”

  • Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences, ILAS Fellowship - £5000

    • With: Prof Fiona Polack, Keele University; Dr Simon Powers, Edinburgh Napier University.

    • For: Institute Fellowship for Dr Simon Powers, Edinburgh Napier University

    • Project Title: “A socio-technical systems approach to balancing energy consumption on smart energy networks”

  • Satellite Workshop Grant, International Society of Artificial Life, 2019 - £1000

  • Satellite Workshop Grant, International Society of Artificial Life, 2019 - £1000

  • Workshop Grant, Cultural Evolution Society, 2019 - $1000 (£775)

  • Interdisciplinary Research Workshop Funding, Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences (ILAS), Keele University, 2017 - £2000

    • With: Prof Peter Andras, Keele University; Dr Alex Thornton, University of Exeter; Dr Evert Haasdijk, VU Amsterdam; Dr Matt Grove, University of Liverpool; Dr Alastair Channon, Keele University.

    • Workshop Title: “1st Interdisciplinary Workshop on Social Learning and Cultural Evolution”

  • Andrew Robertson Travel Bursary, Keele University, 2016 - £500

    • For: Attendance of Artificial Life 2016 Conference, 2016, Cancun, Mexico

  • Student Bursary Award, HEIRACTIC, 2015 - £500

    • For: Attendance of European Conference on Artificial Life, 2015, York, UK

Total Funding: £13875

In Preparation/ Under Review

  • EPSRC, New Investigator Award

    • Title: “Evolving Robust Social Artificial Intelligences”

    • Role: Primary Investigator

    • Status: In Preparation

  • Wellcome Discovery Award

    • Title: "Capturing Chaos: A more inclusive model of arbovirus transmission and risk "

    • With: Naomi Forrester-Soto, Keele University (PI); Eric Fevre, University of Liverpool; Joshua Onyango, Harper & Keele Veterinary School

    • Role: Co-I

    • Status: In Preparation

  • Templeton Trust: "Explaining Atheism" Project

    • Title: "The Social Learning of Unbelief in Childhood"

    • With: Rohan Kapitany, Keele University; Emily Burdett, University of Nottingham

    • Role: Consultant

    • Status: In Preparation

Awards

Best Paper at the 2020 Conference on Artificial Life

    • Coloured noise time series as appropriate models for environmental variation in artificial evolutionary systems. (with Matt Grove and Fiona Polack) https://doi.org/10.1162/isal_a_00284

Research Students

Nathan Brooks

    • PhD Title: “Responsible social policy formation within complex socio-technical systems with heterogeneous social substructures”

    • Co Supervisor: Dr Alastair Channon, Keele University; Dr Simon Powers, Edinburgh Napier University

    • Start Date: September 2019

    • Completed: Ongoing