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2018 Stockholm, Sweden
2017 Pittsburgh, PA
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2011 Barcelona, Spain
2010 Atlanta, GA
2009 Lake Arrowhead, CA
2008 Chicago, IL


SoCS 2019: The 12th Annual Symposium on Combinatorial Search

Invited Speakers

We are pleased to have the following invited speakers at SoCS 2019:



Torsten Schaub

Torsten Schaub

Talk Title: TBD

Abstract:

TBD

About the Speaker:

Torsten Schaub received his diploma and dissertation in informatics in 1990 and 1992, respectively, from the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany, and his habilitation in informatics in 1995 from the University of Rennes I, France. From 1990 to 1993 he was a research assistant at the Technical University at Darmstadt. From 1993 to 1995, he was a research associate at IRISA/INRIA at Rennes. In 1995 he became University Professor at the University of Angers. Since 1997, he is University Professor for knowledge processing and information systems at the University of Potsdam. In 1999, he became Adjunct Professor at the School of Computing Science at Simon Fraser University, Canada; and since 2006 he is also an Adjunct Professor in the Institute for Integrated and Intelligent Systems at Griffith University, Australia. Since 2014, Torsten Schaub holds an Inria International Chair at Inria Rennes - Bretagne Atlantique. Torsten Schaub has become a fellow of the European Association for Artificial Intelligence EurAI in 2012. In 2014 he was elected President of the Association of Logic Programming. He served as program (co-)chair of LPNMR'09, ICLP'10, and ECAI'14. The research interests of Torsten Schaub range from the theoretic foundations to the practical implementation of reasoning from incomplete, inconsistent, and evolving information. His current research focus lies on Answer set programming and materializes at potassco.org, the home of the open source project Potassco bundling software for Answer Set Programming developed at the University of Potsdam.



Subbarao Kambhampati

Subbarao Kambhampati

Talk Title: TBD

Abstract:

TBD

About the Speaker:

Subbarao Kambhampati (Rao) was born a long long time ago in Peddapuram in Andhra Pradesh, India. After formative education at "the school next to Cinema Hall" (where he liked the teacher of the 1st grade so much that he stayed in that class for 2nd and 3rd grades too), the "School behind Anjaneyaswamy Temple" (which has since been demolished to make way for a sweet stall), Sri Veeraraju High School (S.V. Highschool), and Sri Raja Vatsavaayi Buchchi Seetayamma Jagapati Bahaddur Maharanee College (S.R.V.B.S.J.B.M.R. College, no less!), he survived JEE and did his Bachelors in Electrical Engineering (Electronics!--although he still couldn't repair the tape recorder to his father's satisfaction) at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (Alakananda, Jamuna & Tapati). Continuing along his degree grabbing spree, he landed a Masters and a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Rao directs the Yochan research group which is associated with the AI Lab at ASU. In the good old days, he used to be mostly interested in automated planning and related areas in AI. To support his mid-life crisis, to improve chances of schizophrenia, as well as to enter a world of continual conference deadlines, he decided to also diversify into data and information integration on the Web. He is the recipient of a 1992 NSF Research Initiation Award, a 1994 NSF young investigator award, a 2001-2002 College of Engineering teaching excellence award, and a 2004 IBM Faculty Award and multiple Google Research Awards (2007, 2010, 2013 & 2016). In 2004, he was named a Fellow of AAAI (Association for Advancement of Artificial Intelligence). In 2011, he was selected by ASU students to give a Last Lecture. In 2017, he was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In 2018, he was dubbed a "distinguished almnnus" by the Computer Science Department of University of Maryland, College Park. Within his department, he has been recognized both for his teaching (Teacher of the year, 2012) and research (Best Researcher, 2005, 2017). He was an invited speaker at AAAI 1996 and ICAPS 2003. He also gave a couple of well received tutorials on planning and databases, including one on automated planning (AAAI-2000), one on information integration on the web (AAAI-2002 and AAAI-2007), and one on planning graph heuristics (ICAPS 2006, IJCAI 2007).



 
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