Helen N. and Emmett H. Jones Professor in Engineering
Professor, Computer Science & Industrial and Systems Engineering Departments
Director, Teamcore Research Group on Agents and Multiagent Systems
University of Southern California
3737 Watt Way, Powell Hall of Engineering 410, Los Angeles, CA 90089
Phone: (213)740-6447. Email: tambe @usc.edu Curriculum vitae [pdf]
Short bio: Milind Tambe is Helen N. and Emmett H. Jones Professor in Engineering at the University of Southern California(USC),
and Professor in the Computer Science and Industrial and Systems Engineering Departments.
He is a fellow of AAAI (Association for Advancement of Artificial
Intelligence) (2007), recipient of the ACM (Association for Computing
Machinery) Autonomous Agents Research Award (2005),
Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation Homeland security award(2010),
the INFORMS Wagner prize for excellence in
Operations Research practice (2012), the Rist Prize of the Military Operations
Research Society (2011), IBM Faculty Award(2012), Okawa foundation faculty research award (2004), the RoboCup scientific challenge award(1999),
USC Viterbi School of Engineering use-inspired research award (2009).
Prof. Tambe has contributed several foundational papers in agents and multiagent systems; this includes areas of multiagent teamwork, distributed constraint optimization (DCOP) and security games.
For this research, he has received the "influential paper award" from the
International Foundation for Agents and Multiagent Systems(IFAAMAS) (2012), as well as with his research group, best paper awards
at a number of premier Artificial Intelligence Conferences and workshops; these have
included multiple best paper awards at the International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems and
International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents. Furthermore,
today, the security games framework that Prof. Tambe pioneered and the algorithms based on this framework that he developed with his Teamcore research group have been
deployed for real-world use at a variety of US ports, airports and transportation infrastructure by agencies including the US Coast Guard, the US Federal Air Marshals service, LAX Police and
the LA Sheriff's Department. This research has led him and his students to receive the US Coast Guard Meritorious Team Commendation from the Commandant(2013),
US Coast Guard First District's Operational Excellence Award(2011), Certificate of Appreciation from the US
Federal Air Marshals Service (2011) and special commendation given by the Los Angeles World Airports
police from the city of Los Angeles(2009).
This research has also recently led to his co-founding ARMORWAY, a security resource optimization company, where he
serves on the board of directors.
For his teaching and service, Prof. Tambe has received the USC Steven B. Sample Teaching and Mentoring award (2010)
and the ACM recognition of service award (2004). His service includes National Academy of Sciences panels, blue ribbon panel to review security at LAX airport, DARPA ISAT Panels and AAAI Presidential Panel on "Long-Term AI Futures".
He has also served as general co-chair for the International Joint Conference on Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2004), as a member
of the board of directors of IFAAMAS, and as a member of the board of trustees of RoboCup (Robot Soccer World Cup Federation),
as well as associate editor, advisory board member and editorial board member
of journals including the Journal of AI Research (JAIR), IEEE Intelligent Systems and the Journal of Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (JAAMAS).
Prof. Tambe received his Ph.D. from the
School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University.
Current research interests include Artificial Intelligence, Intelligent agents and multi-agent systems, Computational and behavioral game theory, Multiagent and agent-human Teamwork,
Team coordination and Planning under uncertainty (POMDPs and Dec-POMDPs), Distributed Constraint Optimization (DCOPs), Agent-based simulations, Crowd simulations,
as well as Social network interactions and contagion. This research, driven by real-world practical challenges of security of our critical national infrastructure, sustainability of our natural
resources and energy, and public safety, requires interdisciplinary partnerships,
such as with the Game theory and human behavior group, which he founded at USC.
Below, some images of activities from 2011 (from left to right): IFAAMAS Influential paper award lecture, Daniel H Wagner Prize of the INFORMS society, Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation Award for Homeland Security,
a video highlighting our work on security using game theory, and recent book.