Awards: Research, Teaching, Service and Others

2013

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

2007

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."

2005

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 (AAMAS).

Research: Honors and Awards in Operations Research

2012

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.

2011

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

2015

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"

2013

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.

2011

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 Enforcement/FAMS.

2011

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.

2010

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.

2009

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."

2009

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

2012

IBM Faculty Award IBM faculty award for research on "Towards smarter government and smarter cities: Computational game theory for public safety and welfare".

2003

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/

1999

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

2014

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.

2009

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/ societal importance.

Research: Influential Paper, Best Paper, Best Student Paper, Best Application Paper or Video Awards

Research: Best Video Awards in Computer Science Conferences

2016

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

2012

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

2016

Deployed application award, Innovative Applications of Artificial Intelligence (IAAI) 2016Paper Title: “Deploying PAWS: Field Optimization of the Protection Assistant for Wildlife Security”.

2015

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".

2013

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".

2012

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".

2011

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 Contagion Models".

2011

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 Scale".

2009

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".

2008

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".

2008

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".

2007

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".

2005

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".

2005

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".

2003

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).

2002

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".

1999

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 RoboCup teams".

1999

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

2010

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

2013

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).

2010

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).

2009

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, PhD student).

Implemented Agent Team Competitions: Awards for Fielded Agents and Agent Teams

2001

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.

2001

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.

1997

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

2010

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 family members.

Key Service Awards

2004

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.

1997

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

2016 Bryan Wilder was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
2016 Leandro Soriano Marcolino, Best Dissertation Award from the Computer Science Department at the University of Southern California.
2016 Fei Fang, Best Research Assistant award from the Computer Science Department at the University of Southern California.
2015 Thanh Nguyen, WiSE Merit Fellowship from Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Program at the University of Southern California.
2015 Leandro Marcolino, Best Research Assistant award from the Computer Science Department at the University of Southern California.
2014 Fei Fang, WiSE Merit Fellowship from Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Program at the University of Southern California.
2013 Rong Yang, PhD Student Fellowship, IBM.
2013 Manish Jain, Victor Lesser Distinguished Dissertation Award, the International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems
2013 Rong Yang, Honorable Mention (runner up) for the Best PhD thesis award, Computer Science Department for academic year 2013-14
2012 Rong Yang, Best Research Assistant Award from the Computer Science Department for 2012 - 2013.
2012 Manish Jain, Best PhD thesis award from the Computer Science Department for academic year 2012-2013
2012 Manish Jain, Best PhD thesis for academic year 2012-2013, Computer Science Department, University of Southern California
2012 Rong Yang, Best research assistant for academic year 2012-2013, Computer Science Department, University of Southern California
2011 Matthew Brown, Space Technology Research Fellowship, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
2011 Zhengyu Yin, Best research assistant for academic year 2011-2012, Computer Science Department, University of Southern California
2011 Manish Jain, Best research assistant for academic year 2010-2011, Computer Science Department, University of Southern California
2007 Emma Bowring, Outstanding teaching assistant award, Center for Excellence in Teaching, University of Southern California
2006 Jonathan Pearce, Outstanding research assistant award, Computer Science Department
2005 Pradeep Varakantham, Outstanding research assistant award, Computer Science Department
2005 Emma Bowring, Special award for co-designing and co-developing a new course "Intelligent agents and science fiction"
2003 Steven Okamoto, Chair's excellence award for his MS thesis