SICSA DVF Seminar – Dr André G. Pereira, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil (University of Aberdeen)

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Date(s) - 30/01/2023
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

University of Aberdeen

Mini-Biography: Dr. André G. Pereira is a professor at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. His research aims to develop and explain the behavior of intelligent systems for sequential decision-making problems. Dr. Pereira has authored several papers on top-tier venues such as IJCAI, AAAI, and ICAPS. These papers contribute towards explaining the behavior of heuristic search algorithms, how to use combinatorial optimization-based reasoning to solve planning tasks, and how to use machine learning techniques to produce heuristic functions. Dr. Pereira is a program committee member of IJCAI and AAAI. His doctoral dissertation was awarded second place in the national Doctoral Dissertation Contest on Computer Science (2017), and first place in the national Doctoral Dissertation Contest on Artificial Intelligence (2018). Dr. Pereira advised three awarded students on national events, including first place and finalist in the national Scientific Initiation Work Contest (2018, 2022), and finalist in the national Master Dissertation Contest on Artificial Intelligence (2020).

Title: SICSA DVF Master Class – Heuristic Search Planning

Date: 30/01/2023
Time: Part 1 from 10:00 to 12:00 – Part 2 from 15:00 to 17:00
Venue: University of Aberdeen
Abstract: Automated planning is a traditional area of artificial intelligence that aims to create general problem solvers for goal-directed tasks: a single algorithm will perform sufficiently well on all possible tasks. In this master class, we introduce planning tasks and the input modeling language for these solvers. We present the central heuristic search algorithms and techniques that are currently the most effective approaches to solving planning tasks. We discuss how to automatically derive heuristic functions used to guide search algorithms from the declarative model of the task. Finally, we present recent research trends on how to apply machine learning techniques to create heuristic functions. The master class includes hands-on demonstrations.

Event link and registration: SICSA DVF Masterclass – Heuristic Search Planning Tickets, Mon 30 Jan 2023 at 10:00 | Eventbrite

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