Tim Baarslag

Full Name
Dr. T. Baarslag
Scientific Staff Member
+31 20 592 4019
Intelligent and Autonomous Systems


Tim Baarslag is a Senior Researcher at CWI (The Dutch research institute for Mathematics and Computer Science) and an Assistant Professor at Utrecht University. He is a Visiting Scholar at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a Visiting Associate Professor at Nagoya University of Technology and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Southampton.


Tim Baarslag studies intelligent and autonomous systems that can collaborate through the process of joint decision making. Practical applications include smart energy trading, the Internet of Things, trading platforms, autonomous vehicles, and digital privacy & security assistants. Tim Baarslag currently investigates how negotiation AI can coordinate multiple deals as part of an NWO Vidi grant, called COMBINE: Coordinating Multi-deal Bilateral Negotiations. His research is featured in Science Magazine, Artificial Intelligence, Wired, BBC Technology of Business, AI Magazine, MIT Technology Review, and New Scientist.

Tim Baarslag graduated from Utrecht University with a MSc in Mathematics and a BSc in Computer Science (both cum laude). He obtained his PhD (cum laude) from Delft University of Technology in 2014 on the topic of intelligent decision support systems for automated negotiation. Between 2014 and 2016, he was a Research Fellow at the University of Southampton, where he worked on negotiation techniques for obtaining meaningful consent.

Tim is the leading developer of Genius, a negotiation environment for the design and evaluation of automated negotiators. He is also an organizer of the annual International Automated Negotiating Agent Competition. Tim is a member of The Young Academy of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and a founder member of the ACM Future of Computing Academy for outstanding early career researchers. He serves as a PC member in top-level conferences such as AAAI and IJCAI, and as a reviewer in high-ranking journals such as Artificial Intelligence and JAAMAS. He is a recipient of the Cor Baayen Young Researcher Award by The European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics.


Current projects with external funding

  • Coordinating Multi-deal Bilateral Negotiations (COMBINE)


  • Young Talent of 2019. Selected by The Financial Daily newspaper (het Financieele Dagblad) as one of the most promising Young Talents of 2019. (2019)
  • Best Paper Award. Awarded by the IEEE International Conference on Communications, Control, and Computing Technologies for Smart Grids. (IEEE SmartGridComm 2018). (2018)
  • Best Early-researcher-Paper award. The Challenge of Negotiation in the Game Diplomacy. Co-authors: Dave de Jonge, Reyhan Aydogan, Catholijn Jonker, Katsuhide Fujita and Takayuki Ito See https://ir.cwi.nl/pub/28668 (2018)
  • Cor Baayen Young Researcher Award 2017. Awarded yearly to a promising young researcher in computer science and applied mathematics by The European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM). (2017)
  • Visionary Paper Award. International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems Workshops (AAMAS 2017). (2017)
  • "The Best of the Best" Springer Theses Award. Recognizing outstanding PhD research by selecting the very best PhD theses from around the world. Selected for scientfic excellence and high impact on research. (2016)
  • The 2014 Victor Lesser Distinguished Dissertation Runner-up Award. In recognition of an exceptional PhD dissertation (pdf) in the area of Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems. (2014)
  • The 2014 Artificial Intelligence Dissertation Award (shortlisted). For the best doctoral dissertations in the general area of Artificial Intelligence. (2014)
  • Best Paper Award. The International Joint Conferences on Web Intelligence and Intelligent Agent Technologies (IEEE/WIC/ACM WI-IAT 2013). (2013)