Peter McBurney

Peter McBurney









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vicibus gratis formare loquentes
suetus et alterno verum contexere nodo.

Claudius Claudianus, 399 AD.

With skill at shaping urbane interchanges
A tapestry of truth from crossing strands.

Translation of Garry Wills.

Start-ups of students & colleagues:

3scale (now part of Redhat)
Bozii (later Freedom4)
CogniCor Technologies
Dolphin Music
Financial Network Analytics
Nexus Mutual
Pisa Research
Redwing Asia

Peter McBurney is Professor of Computer Science and former Head of the Department of Informatics in the Faculty of Natural and Mathematical Sciences of King's College London. He is a member of the Distributed Artificial Intelligence (DAI) Research Group of the Department.

McBurney's primary areas of research are in AI and Computational Finance:

  • Distributed ledgers, blockchain, smart contracts, cryptocurrencies, and ICOs
  • AI applied to knowledge-intensive, regulated domains (law, finance, insurance, etc), and
  • Agent communications protocols and agent-based simulation.
His work finds application in computational finance and economics, cyber conflict, and machine-to-machine (M2M) communications. According to Google Scholar, McBurney has an h-index score of 48, and his most-cited publication has 646 citations.

Since 2007, McBurney has been Joint Editor-in-Chief of the refereed AI journal, The Knowledge Engineering Review, published by Cambridge University Press. He is a member of the Academic Advisory Council of the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), a board established in 2018 to provide advice on AI, data analytics and regulatory technology (regtech). During 2018-2020, he is an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Law Futures Centre at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.

McBurney is a regular speaker and advisor on Artificial Intelligence, on blockchains & distributed ledgers, and on cryptocurrencies. He has experience working on several blockchain Proofs-of-Concept, including for major financial institutions and commodities trading companies.

His current research projects include the EPSRC-funded VOLT Project, which is developing trusted voting systems using distributed ledger technologies for management of shareholder rights and for elections in non-government organizations.

Contact details:

Peter McBurney
Department of Informatics
King's College London
Bush House
30 Aldwych
London WC2B 4BG

Email: peter.mcburney [at]



I welcome emails from potential PhD students or from anyone interested in working on specific projects with me. General emails, which do not mention a specific project or research area, or those which describe a project unrelated to my research interests, are most unlikely to receive a reply.

For potential PhD students: Like every other academic, I am best able to supervise research in an area that overlaps with my own research interests, so there is little point contacting me unless you wish to work in one of my areas of research. I do not generally have funding for PhD students. If you are a student at King's College or another college of the University of London, I am always happy to talk to you about doing a PhD.

For potential student interns: I do not usually have funding or places for student interns. In addition, if you are not a citizen of the UK, you need a work permit to take a paid position as an intern in Britain. Please don't email me if you have neither funding nor permission to work in Britain.

Office Hours: If you wish to see me, please first make an appointment by email.

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