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AIC Seminar Series

Teamwork: Practice and New Theory

Dr. Milind TambeUniversity of Southern California(USC)[Home Page]

Notice:  Fall Seminar Series

Date:  Thursday, September 26th 2002 at 4:00pm

Location:  EJ228  (Directions)


For the past several years, we have been conducting research in teamwork, a critical capability in a range of multiagent domains. I will present results from two key aspects of this research. First, inspired by the need for team-coordination flexibility and reusability, we have been developing STEAM/TEAMCORE, a general teamwork model (team coordination algorithm). I will discuss the STEAM/TEAMCORE algorithm, the associated software infrastructure, and present results from its reuse across several different domains, e.g., synthetic helicopter pilot teams, RoboCup soccer teams, "Electric Elves" personal assistant teams, recent work on human-robot teams etc. Second, as we develop general team-coordination specifications and algorithms, there is now a critical need for a new theoretical framework to analyze complexity-optimality tradeoffs in competing algorithms. To this end, I will present Communicating Markov Team Decision Problems (COM-MTDPs), that are based on decentralized, communicating POMDPs. COM-MTDPs provide us complexity results for key types of teamwork domains, and allow us to compare complexity and optimality of different coordination algorithms. * Portions of this research have been conducted in collaboration with members of the TEAMCORE research group (

   Bio for Dr. Milind Tambe

Milind Tambe is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at University of Southern California(USC), and a project leader at USC’s Information Sciences Institute. He received his Ph.D. from the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. His interests are in the areas of multi-agent systems, specifically multi-agent teamwork, adjustable autonomy, and distributed negotiations and he has published extensively in these areas. A current member of the board of directors of the International foundation for multiagent systems, he has also served on the board of trustees of RoboCup, the Robot World Cup Federation. He is currently on the editorial board of the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research (JAIR), Journal of Autonomous Agents and Multi-agent Systems (AAMAS) and IEEE Intelligent Systems. He was also the chair of the organizing committee for the first Americas Agents School and program co-chair of the International conf on multi-agent systems (ICMAS) 2000.

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