Topic: Blast from the Past: BDI, Rules and Multiagent Planning


  • Prof. Lin Padgham is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. She is the leader of the Intelligent Agents Group in the School of Computer Science and Information Technology at RMIT. She also leads the Urban Decision-Making and Complex Systems program in RMIT's Global Cities Research Institute. Her research interests include: BDI agents and extended BDI reasoning, agent oriented software engineering, agent oriented applications, agent learning, emotional modelling in agents, agent architectures, agent based simulations and games, environmental applications using agents, formalistion of commensense reasoning.
  • Prof. Milind Tambe is Helen N. and Emmett H. Jones Professor in Engineering at the University of Southern California (USC). He is a fellow of AAAI (Association for Advancement of Artificial Intelligence) and ACM (Association for Computing Machinery), as well as recipient of the ACM/SIGART Autonomous Agents Research Award, Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation Homeland security award, the INFORMS Wagner prize for excellence in Operations Research practice, the Rist Prize of the Military Operations Research Society, IBM Faculty Award, Okawa foundation faculty research award, RoboCup scientific challenge award, Orange County Engineering Council Outstanding Project Achievement Award, USC Associates award for creativity in research and USC Viterbi School of Engineering use-inspired research award. Prof. Tambe has contributed several foundational papers in agents and multiagent systems; this includes areas of multiagent teamwork, distributed constraint optimization (DCOP) and security games. For this research, he has received the influential paper award from the International Foundation for Agents and Multiagent Systems (IFAAMAS), as well as with his research group, multiple best paper awards at conferences such as the International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems and International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents. In addition, the security games framework and algorithms pioneered by Prof. Tambe and his research group are now deployed for real-world use by several agencies including the US Coast Guard, the US Federal Air Marshals service, the Transportation Security Administration, LAX Police and the LA Sheriff's Department for security scheduling at a variety of US ports, airports and transportation infrastructure. This research has led to him and his students receiving the US Coast Guard Meritorious Team Commendation from the Commandant, US Coast Guard First District's Operational Excellence Award, Certificate of Appreciation from the US Federal Air Marshals Service and special commendation given by the Los Angeles World Airports police from the city of Los Angeles. For his teaching and service, Prof. Tambe has received the USC Steven B. Sample Teaching and Mentoring award and the ACM recognition of service award. Recently, he co-founded ARMORWAY, a company focused on risk mitigation and security resource optimization, where he serves on the board of directors. Prof. Tambe received his PhD from the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University.
  • Dr. Yingke Chen is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the THINC Lab at the University of Georgia (UGA). He obtained his PhD from Aalborg University, Denmark. Prior, he was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Queen's University, Belfast. At THINC, he is currently involved in the supervision of multiple research projects in the lab related to decision making under uncertainty in multiagent settings.


  • Prof. Prashant Doshi is an Associate Professor of Computer Science and directs the THINC Lab at UGA. He is also a faculty member of the Institute for AI at UGA. His research interests lie in decision making and specifically in decision making under uncertainty in multiagent settings; in semantic Web and specifically in ontology alignment and learning; and in services-oriented computing and specifically in composing Web services and adapting the compositions. In 2011, he received UGA's Creative Research Medal, which acknowledges exceptional achievements in creativity and research. He is the recipient of the 2009 NSF CAREER award for his research on multiagent decision making. In 2009, he also received the Outstanding Faculty Research award from the CS department at UGA. He has published extensively in journals, conferences, and other forums in the fields of agents, AI, semantic Web and Web services. His research has led to publications in JAIR, JAAMAS, JWSR, JWS and other journals, and IJCAI, AAAI, AAMAS, WWW, ICWS and other conferences.
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