AAAI 2019 Robert S. Engelmore Memorial Lecture Award The AAAI Robert S. Engelmore Memorial
Lecture Award is given to people who have demonstrated excellence in scholarship in AI, outstanding
applications of AI, as well as extraordinary service to AAAI and the AI community. Dr Tambe is
being honored in particular for outstanding research contributions in the area of multi-agent systems
and their application to problems of societal significance.
IJCAI 2018 John McCarthy Award The IJCAI John McCarthy Award is intended to recognize established
mid-career researchers that have built up a major track record of research excellence in artificial
intelligence. From the award text: "Professor Tambe is recognized for research and development of
important practical applications of AI and multi-agent systems for social good."
ACM Fellow Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery "For contributions to the theory and
practice of multi-agent systems, teamwork and security games."
Research: Honors and Awards in Artificial Intelligence
AAAI Fellow Elected fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence "For
significant contributions to theory and software infrastructure for multi-agent systems and pioneering
applications in teamwork systems."
ACM/SIGART Autonomous Agents Research Award An annual award for excellence in research in the
area of autonomous agents, specifically intended to recognize researchers whose current research is
influencing the field. From the award text: "Dr. Tambe made seminal contributions to the theory,
applications, and software infrastructure in the area of teamwork, which has become a flourishing
research area in multi agent systems". Award winners receive an honorarium and are invited to give
a talk at the annual International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems
Research: Honors and Awards in Operations Research
Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Excellence in Operations Research Practice, INFORMS Awarded at the
annual meeting of the INFORMS Operations Research society, the Wagner Prize recognizes excellence
in Operations Research practice. Our paper entitled "A Deployed Quantal Response Based
Patrol Planning System for the US Coast Guard" won this competition for 2012.
Rist Prize, Military Operations Research Society The RIST prize recognizes the practical benefits of
sound Operations Research. We received the award for "Software Assistants for Patrol Planning at
LAX, Federal Air Marshals Service, and Transportation Security Administration".
Research: Awards and Recognition for Real-World Impact
Listed in "Top Tech 2018" by IEEE Spectrum for our work on PAWS : Protection Assistant for
Listed in "26 incredible innovations that improved the world in 2015" by Mashable.com for our work on "How an algorithm can help spread HIV information among homeless teens". Orange County Engineering Council Outstanding Project Achievement Award for our project completed
with the LA Sheriff's Department on "Game Theory Metro: Game theoretic scheduling of
Metro security patrols"
Meritorious Team Commendation from Commandant of the US Coast Guard for creating "an innovative
approach to optimize patrol schedules and actions for the Coast Guard Ports, Waterways and
Coast Security missions" while serving the Coast Guard Port Resilience for Operational/Tactical Enforcement
to Combat Terrorism (PROTECT) Team.
Certificate of Appreciation From the Transportation Security Administration, Federal Air Marshals
Service (FAMS) "in recognition and appreciation of your outstanding achievement in developing the
Intelligent Randomization in Scheduling (IRIS) program" to advance the mission of the Office of Law
Operational Excellence Award Commander, First Coast Guard District's Operational Excellence Award
for work on the PROTECT scheduling software to intelligently randomize boat patrols of critical infrastructure
around Boston Harbor.
Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation Homeland Security Award The Foundation is a Federal
government agency established by Congress to "encourage and support research, study and labor
designed to produce new discoveries in all fields of endeavor for the benefit of mankind." The award
is in the area of border and transportation security.
Commendation, City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles World Airports Police Department As a leader of
a team of researchers from CREATE (Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events)
that developed ARMOR, "Assistant for randomized monitoring over routes". The commendation
states "To merit this commendation you have performed an exceptional service to the Airport police
Division, the Los Angeles World Airports and the city of Los Angeles. Your outstanding service
facilitates the critical link between the laboratory and the operational world. Thank you for your
outstanding contributions to the security of our nation."
Certificate of Recognition, DHS University Programs Received by CREATE "The DHS Office of
University Programs recognizes CREATE for the outstanding contributions to the security of our
nation that the Assistant for Randomized Monitoring over Routes (ARMOR) has made to the police
operations at the Los Angeles World Airports".
Research: Other Key Awards
IBM Faculty Award IBM faculty award for research on "Towards smarter government and smarter
cities: Computational game theory for public safety and welfare".
The Okawa Foundation Research award for research on "Agents and Multiagent Systems". Among
10 international awards per year given overall by the Okawa foundation (Japan) in areas of telecommunications
and information processing. http://www.okawa-foundation.or.jp/e/
RoboCup Scientific Challenge Award, RoboCup'99 International Robotic Soccer Tournament, held in
conjunction with the International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence, 1997, for outstanding
research at a RoboCup tournament. Led the USC effort.
Research: Major Awards at USC
USC Associates Award for Creativity in Research These are the highest honors the university faculty can bestow on its members for distinguished intellectual and artistic achievements.
Inaugural USC Viterbi School of Engineering Use-inspired research award Award recognizes significant
work in four key areas - scientific understanding, technical knowledge, research promise
and societal needs - that has culminated in a demonstrably useful contribution to a problem of national/
Research: Influential Paper, Best Paper, Best Student Paper, Best Application Paper or Video
Research: Best Video Awards in Computer Science Conferences
Best Video, AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence. Video title: "HEALER: Using AI to Raise
HIV Awareness among Homeless Youth".
Best Application Video, AAAI Conference on Artiﬁcial Intelligence (AAAI 2016) Video Title: “Save the Wildlife, Save the Planet: Protection Assistant for Wildlife Security (PAWS) ”.
Research: Influential Paper Award
IFAAMAS Award for Influential Paper in Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems From the International
Foundation for Agents and Multiagent Systems for my paper "Towards Flexible Teamwork"
published in JAIR 1997.
Research: Best Paper Awards in Computer Science Conferences
"Pragnesh Jay Modi" Best Student Paper, International Conference on Agents and Multiagent Systems
2016 (AAMAS’2016) Paper Title: "Using Social Networks to Aid Homeless Shelters: Dynamic
Influence Maximization Under Uncertainty" (first author: Amulya Yadav, PhD student).
Deployed application award, Innovative Applications of Artiﬁcial Intelligence (IAAI) 2016Paper Title: “Deploying PAWS: Field Optimization of the Protection Assistant for Wildlife Security”.
Outstanding paper, IJCAI'2015 Computational Sustainability track Our paper from the International
Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) won the Computational Sustainabilty track outstanding
paper award. The paper is entitled "When Security Games Go Green: Designing Defender
Strategies to Prevent Poaching and Illegal Fishing".
Finalist for Best paper, AAMAS'2013 Our paper from the International Conference on Autonomous
Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2013) a finalist for the best paper award. The paper is entitled
"Game-theoretic Randomization for Security Patrolling with Dynamic Execution Uncertainty".
Best paper, AAMAS'2012 Innovative Applications track Our paper from the International Conference
on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2012) won the innovative applications
best paper award. The paper is entitled "PROTECT: A Deployed Game Theoretic System to Protect
the Ports of the United States".
Best paper, IVA'2011 Our paper from the International Conference of Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA
2011) won the best paper award. The paper is entitled "Empirical Evaluation of Computational Emotional
Best paper, AAMAS'2011 Innovative Applications track Our paper from the International Conference
on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2011) won the innovative applications best
paper award. The paper is entitled "GUARDS - Game Theoretic Security Allocation on a National
Best paper, AAMAS'2009 Industry track Our paper from the International Conference on Autonomous
Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2009) won the industry track best paper award. The paper
is entitled "IRIS - A Tool for Strategic Security Allocation in Transportation Networks".
Best paper, CTS'2008 Our paper from the International Symposium on Collaborative Technologies
and Systems (CTS 2008) won the best paper award. The paper is entitled "Multiagent Adjustable
Autonomy Framework (MAAF) for multirobot multihuman teams".
Finalist for Best paper, AAMAS'2008 Industry track Our paper from the International Conference
on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2008) a finalist for the industry track
best paper award. The paper is entitled "Deployed ARMOR protection: The Application of a Game
Theoretic Model for Security at the Los Angeles International Airport".
Best paper, DCR'2007 Our paper from the International workshop on Distributed constraint reasoning
(DCR 2007), held in conjuction with IJCAI'2007, won the best paper award. The paper is entitled
"Lower bounds on the quality of k-optimal DCOP solutions with respect to the global optimum".
Best paper, SASEMAS'2005 Our paper from the International Workshop on Safety and Security in
Multiagent Systems (SASEMAS'2005) selected as the best paper. This paper is entitled "Safety in
multiagent systems via policy randomization".
Finalist for Best Paper, CEEMAS'2005 Our paper from the Central and Eastern European Conference
on Agents and Multiagent Systems 2005 (CEEMAS'2005) finalist for Best Paper Award. This paper
is entitled "On Communication in Solving Distributed Constraint Satisfaction problems".
Finalist for Best Student Paper, AAMAS'2003 Our paper from the International Joint Conference on
Agents and Multiagent Systems 2003 (AAMAS'2003) finalist for Best Student Paper Award. This
paper is entitled "An asynchronous complete method for distributed constraint optimization" (first
author: Pragnesh Jay Modi, PhD student).
Best paper, AAMAS'02 Our paper from the International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents
and Multiagents (AAMAS'02) chosen the best paper (out of approx 150 papers presented at the conference).
The paper is entitled "Multiagent teamwork: Analyzing the complexity and optimality of
key theories and models".
Best of Agents'99. Our paper from the International Conference on Autonomous Agents 1999 (Agents'99)
published in the "Best of Agents'99" special issue of the Autonomous Agents and Multi-agent Systems
Journal. This paper is entitled "On being a teammate: Experiences acquired in the design of
Best of ICMAS'98. Our paper from the International Conference on Multi-Agent Systems 1998 (ICMAS'
98) published in the "Best of ICMAS'98" special issue of the Autonomous Agents and Multiagent
Systems Journal. This paper is entitled "Towards flexible teamwork in persistent teams".
Research: Best Paper Award Finalists in Computer Science Conferences
Research: Best Paper Awards and Finalists in Operations Research Meetings
Finalist, EURO Operations Research Conference Excellence in Practice Award EEPA'2010 Our paper
from the journal "Interfaces" selected to be a finalist for the EEPA'2010 award. The paper is entitled
"Software Assistants for Randomized Patrol Planning for The LAX Airport Police and The Federal
Air Marshals Service."
Research: Best Paper Awards and Finalists in Other Society Meetings
Finalist, Best Student Poster, Conference on Validating Models of Adversary Behavior. Our poster at
the first Conference on Validating Models of Adversary Behavior was finalist for best student poster.
The poster is entitled "Optimal Patrol Strategy for Protecting Moving Targets with Multiple Mobile
Resources". (first author: Fei Fang, PhD student).
Student Merit Award, Security and Defense, Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) meeting Our abstract at
the SRA annual meeting won the student merit award. The abstract is entitled "Research allocation
decisions against adaptive adversaries". (first author: James Pita, PhD student).
Best Student Poster, DHS Third Annual University Network Summit Our poster at the Department of
Homeland Security (DHS) University Network Summit won first place in the student poster competition.
This poster is entitled "Strategic allocation of Federal Air Marshals". (first author: Jason Tsai,
Implemented Agent Team Competitions: Awards for Fielded Agents and Agent Teams
Sliver medal at the Robocup-Rescue International Competition at RoboFesta, International Robotic
Games Festival, held in Japan, in July 2001, for development of earthquake rescue agent-teams. Led
the USC effort that won this prize.
Third Place Prize at RoboCup'2001 International Robotic Soccer and Rescue tournaments, held in
conjunction with the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, 2001, for development
of earthquake rescue agent teams. Led the USC effort that won this prize.
Third-place prize, RoboCup'97 International Robotic Soccer Competition (simulation league), held
in conjunction with the International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence, 1997. Led the USC
student team; software developed was based on my research in multi-agent teams.
Key Teaching and Mentoring Awards
Steven B. Sample Teaching and Mentoring Award This award is a signature program of the USC
Parents Association and is the only faculty recognition award that is initiated by USC parents and
Key Service Awards
ACM Recognition of Service Award In Appreciation of Contributions to ACM (Association for Computing
Machinery) as General Co-Chair for AAMAS'2004: The Third International Joint Conference
on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems.
Meritorious service award of the USC/Information Sciences Institute for outstanding contributions to
the success of ISI's robots in international competition.
Key Awards for PhD and MS Students at USC
William F. Ballhaus, JR. Prize for Graduate Engineering Research for Fei Fang for best PhD thesis in
The USC Viterbi School of Engineering
Best PhD Thesis Award, Computer Science, University of Southern California for Fei Fang for her
IFAAMAS Victor Lesser Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Runner Up at the International Conference
on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS) for Fei Fang for her PhD work
Bryan Wilder was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
Leandro Soriano Marcolino, Best Dissertation Award from the Computer Science Department at the University of Southern California.
Fei Fang, Best Research Assistant award from the Computer Science Department at the University of Southern California.
Thanh Nguyen, WiSE Merit Fellowship from Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Program at the University of Southern California.
Leandro Marcolino, Best Research Assistant award from the Computer Science Department at the University of Southern California.
Fei Fang, WiSE Merit Fellowship from Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Program at the University of Southern California.
Rong Yang, PhD Student Fellowship, IBM.
Manish Jain, Victor Lesser Distinguished Dissertation Award, the International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems
Rong Yang, Honorable Mention (runner up) for the Best PhD thesis award, Computer Science Department for academic year 2013-14
Rong Yang, Best Research Assistant Award from the Computer Science Department for 2012 - 2013.
Manish Jain, Best PhD thesis award from the Computer Science Department for academic year 2012-2013
Manish Jain, Best PhD thesis for academic year 2012-2013, Computer Science Department, University
of Southern California
Rong Yang, Best research assistant for academic year 2012-2013, Computer Science Department,
University of Southern California
Matthew Brown, Space Technology Research Fellowship, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
Zhengyu Yin, Best research assistant for academic year 2011-2012, Computer Science Department,
University of Southern California
Manish Jain, Best research assistant for academic year 2010-2011, Computer Science Department,
University of Southern California
Emma Bowring, Outstanding teaching assistant award, Center for Excellence in Teaching, University
of Southern California
Jonathan Pearce, Outstanding research assistant award, Computer Science Department
Pradeep Varakantham, Outstanding research assistant award, Computer Science Department
Emma Bowring, Special award for co-designing and co-developing a new course "Intelligent agents
and science fiction"
Steven Okamoto, Chair's excellence award for his MS thesis