Katia Sycara, Research Professor, Robotics and holder
(part time) of the Sixth Century Chair in computing Science, University
of Aberdeen UK. Director of the Advanced Agent-Robotics Technology Lab.
Sycara is a
Research Professor in the School
of Computer Science at Carnegie
Mellon University and holds the Sixth Century Chair (part time)
in Computing Science at the University of Aberdeen in the U.K. She
is also the Director of the Laboratory
for Agents Technology and Semantic Web Technologies at CMU.
She holds a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from Brown University, M.S.
in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and Ph.D.
in Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology. She holds
an Honorary Doctorate from the University of the Aegean (2004).
Prof. Sycara is a Fellow
of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE),
Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI)
and the recipient of the 2002 ACM/SIGART Agents Research Award.
She is also the recipient of the Outstanding Alumnus Award from
the University of Wisconsin in 2005. She is a member of the Scientific
Advisory Board of France Telecom, and a member of the Scientific
Advisory Board of the Greek National Center of Scientific Research
"Demokritos" Information Technology Division.
Prof. Sycara has given
numerous invited talks, and has authored or co-authored more than
300 technical papers dealing with Multiagent Systems, Software Agents,
Agents Supporting Human Teams, Multi-Agent Learning in Cooperative
and Adversarial Environments, Web Services, the Semantic Web, Human-Agent
Interaction, Negotiation, Case-Based Reasoning and the application
of these techniques to crisis action planning, scheduling, manufacturing
and financial planning and e-commerce. She has led multimillion
dollar research effort funded by DARPA, NASA, AFOSR, ONR, AFRL,
NSF and industry. Through an ONR MURI program and though the COABS
DARPA program, Prof. Sycara's group has developed the RETSINA multiagent
infrastructure, a toolkit that enables the development of heterogeneous
software agents that can dynamically coordinate in open information
environments (e.g. the Internet). RETSINA has been used in multiple
applications including supporting human joint mission teams for
crisis response; creating autonomous agents for situation awareness
and information fusion; financial portfolio management, negotiations
and coalition formation for e-commerce, and coordinating robots
for Urban Search and Rescue. Prof. Sycara is one of the contributors
to the development of OWL-S, the Darpa-sponsored language for Semantic
Web services, as well as matchmaking and brokering software for
agent discovery, service integration and semantic interoperation.
Prof. Sycara has served
as the Program Chair of the Second International Semantic Web Conference
(ISWC 2003), as General Chair of the Second International Conference
on Autonomous Agents (Agents 98), as the Chair of the Steering Committee
of the Agents Conference (1999-2001), as the Scholarship chair of
AAAI (1993-1999) and as a member of the AAAI Executive Council (1996-99).
From 2001-2003 she served as Invited Expert of the W3C (the World
Wide Web Consortium) Working Group on Web Services Architecture
and is currently a member of the OASIS Technical committee on the
development of UDDI (Universal Description and Discovery for Interoperability)
software which is an industry standard.
Prof. Sycara is a founding
member and member of the Board of Directors of the International
Foundation of Multiagent Systems (IFMAS). She is a founding member
of the Semantic Web Science Association, and serves as the US co-chair
of the US-Europe Semantic Web Services Initiative. She is a founding
Editor-in-Chief of the journal "Autonomous Agents and Multiagent
Systems"; an Editor-in-Chief of the Springer Series on Agents;
on the Editorial Board of the Kluwer book series on "Multiagent
Systems, Artificial Societies and Simulated Organizations";
the Area Editor for AI and Management Science of the journal "Group
Decision and Negotiation". She also serves on the editorial
board of the journal "Agent Oriented Software Engineering",
"Web Intelligence and Agent Technologies", "Journal
of Infonomics", "Fundamenda Informaticae", and "Concurrent
Engineering: Research and Applications". She has served on
the editorial board of the "ETAI journal on the Semantic Web"
(1998-2001), on the Editorial Board of "IEEE Intelligent Systems
and their Applications" (1992-1996), and "AI in Engineering"