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SMU professor is one of AI's 10 scientists to watch

33-year-old studies autonomous machines and their behaviour

Professor Akshat Kumar's research on autonomous entities leads him to ask: How do we recreate ourselves in software?
Professor Akshat Kumar's research on autonomous entities leads him to ask: How do we recreate ourselves in software?PHOTO: SINGAPORE MANAGEMENT UNIVERSITY

For Assistant Professor Akshat Kumar, a teenage interest in computers and science fiction movies such as The Matrix has propelled him to become a rising star in the field of artificial intelligence (AI).

The 33-year-old's research focuses on agent-based systems - autonomous entities, or agents, such as self-driving cars or autonomous ships, and the effects of their behaviour on the environment.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 14, 2018, with the headline 'SMU professor is one of AI's 10 scientists to watch '. Subscribe