Peter Lewis

Dr. Peter Lewis holds a Canada Research Chair in Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence, at Ontario Tech University, Canada. He is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Business and Information Technology and Director of the Trustworthy AI Lab. He is a member of the AI Implications cluster of the Digital Life Institute.

Peter’s research advances both foundational and applied aspects of trustworthy, reflective, and socially intelligent systems. Drawing on extensive experience applying AI commercially, he is interested in where AI meets society, and how to help that relationship work well. His research is concerned with how to conceive of and build AI systems that meet this challenge.

He is Associate Editor of IEEE Technology & Society Magazine (TSM) and ACM Transactions on Autonomous and Adaptive Systems (TAAS), a board member of the International Society for Artificial Life (ISAL) with responsibility for Social Impact, and Co-Chair of the Steering Committee for the IEEE International Conference on Autonomic and Self-organizing Systems (ACSOS). He has published over 100 papers in academic journals and conference proceedings, as well as the foundational book Self-aware Computing Systems: An Engineering Approach, in 2016. He has led teams that have worked with numerous companies in the areas of artificial intelligence, data science, and software development, including coaching and mentoring over 70 interns on technical projects, as part of the start-up he co-founded, Beautiful Canoe. He has a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Birmingham, UK.


PhD Computer Science, University of Birmingham

MSc Natural Computation, University of Birmingham

BSc Computer Science, University of Leicester


Peter R. Lewis, Stephen Lewis, Sue Lewis, Amanda McEachern Gaudet, and Amanda Ottley. Reimagining digital public spaces and artificial intelligence for deep cooperation. IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, 42(2):29–37, 2023.

Peter R. Lewis and Stephen Marsh. What is it like to trust a rock? A functionalist perspective on trust and trustworthiness in Artificial Intelligence. Cognitive Systems Research, 72:33–49, 2022.

Chloe M. Barnes, Anikó Ekárt, Kai Olav Ellefsen, Kyrre Glette, Peter R. Lewis, and Jim Tørresen. Behavioural plasticity can help evolving agents in dynamic environments but at the cost of volatility. ACM Transactions on Autonomous and Adaptive Systems, 15(4), 2021.

Aishwaryaprajna and Peter R. Lewis. Exploring intervention in co-evolving deliberative neuro-evolution with reflective governance for the sustainable foraging problem. In Proceedings of the ALIFE 2023 Conference: Ghost in the Machine, page Article 140; 9 pages, 2023.

Lukas Esterle, Nikil Dutt, Christian Gruhl, Peter R. Lewis Lucio Marcenaro, Carlo Regazzoni, and Axel Jantsch. Self-awareness in cyber-physical systems: Recent developments and open challenges. In Proceedings of the 2023 Design, Automation & Test in Europe Conference & Exhibition (DATE), pages 1–6, 2023.