Dr. Simon Miles

Department of Informatics
King's College London
Bush House

+44 (0)20 7848 1166

Full CV


Please see the student handbook to see which modules I am teaching at present. Course materials are available from the College's e-learning site during teaching term.

CUSP London

I am Director of the Centre for Urban Science and Progress London (CUSP London) at King's. This centre is a collaboration between King's, University of Warwick, and New York University, and conducts education and research in the area of urban informatics, using data-driven and novel computational techniques to study cities. The Centre is interdisciplinary, drawing on our strengths in computer science and artificial intelligence, geography and the social sciences, health and medicine, statistics, and more. It conducts both education, through the MSc in Urban Informatics, and research, in collaboration with city agencies and relevant non-governmental and industry organisations. Please see the CUSP London website for more on our activity.


My own research interests relates to multi-agent systems, particularly agent-based simulation and modelling norms of behaviour, and data provenance. I have published over 140 papers in these areas. For full details and a wider selection, please see my CV or my publications in KCL's publication repository.

I was an invited expert to the W3C working group on provenance, which produced a standard specifying how to represent provenance data for exchange online, PROV, including many supporting documents explaining how the provenance data may be accessed and queried, translated to other representations, extended, and so on. The specifications were published as an official W3C recommendation in April 2013. An overview of the specifications can be seen here. In particular, I was co-editor of a primer on the recommended model for provenance data. This is an accessible starting point for anyone wishing to learn about PROV.


I am currently an investigator on the following projects.

  • MOTIVATE: Modelling Normative Change in Active Travel, Principal investigator at KCL

The following projects have recently finished.

Please see my CV for older projects.

PhD Students

I am currently first supervisor of the following students (areas of expertise in italics).

  • Niall Creech: Agent-based self-organisation for micro-service systems
  • Sara Boutamina: Provenance in global food distribution
  • Javin Singh: Group-adaptive educational games
  • Tomas Vitek: Learning agent behaviour models
I am second supervisor of the following students.
  • Andrew Henning: Argument mining
  • Andrew Lane: Drivers of ecological disturbance, agent-based modelling
  • Tsvetan Zhivkov: Emergency services data analytics
I was a supervisor of PhD graduates Lina Barakat, Valeriia Haberland, Christopher Haynes, Benjamin Herd, Matthew Shaw, and Paraskevi Zerva.

I am not taking on further PhD students at the moment.


Student availability

My office hours in the Autumn 2019 term are 1400-1600 on Tuesdays.


My office is BH(S)5.22, in the Bush House central building on the Strand campus of King's College London.