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Katia Sycara
Research Professor, RI
Office: NSH 1602D
Phone: (412) 268-8825
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Carnegie Mellon University
Robotics Institute
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Administrative Assistant: Keyla C. Cook


Katia Sycara is a Research Professor of Robotics in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University and holds the Sixth Century Chair in Computing Science at the University of Aberdeen. She is also the Director of the Laboratory for Agents Technology and Semantic Web Technologies. She holds a B.S in Applied Mathematics from Brown University, M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and PhD in Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology. She holds a Doctorate Degree Honoris Causa from the University of the Aegean (2004).

Prof. Sycara is a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the recipient of the 2002 ACM/SIGART Agents Research Award. She has served on the Scientific Advisory Board of France Telecom, and on 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 350 technical papers dealing with Multiagent Systems, Agents Supporting Human Teams, Human-Agent Interaction, Negotiation, Multi-Agent Learning and the application of these techniques to crisis action planning, scheduling, operations planning and e-commerce. Her current research interests are in human control and interaction with multi-robot teams, large scale complex networked systems, social networks, network-mediated cognition, games on graphs and computational modeling of cultural factors in collaboration and negotiation.

Prof. Sycara has led multimillion dollar research effort funded by DARPA, NASA, AFOSR, ONR, ARL, AFRL, NSF and industry. She has served on several Darpa ISAT studies and on DoD-wide TARA evaluation panels. Her research group has developed simulations and toolkits that enable the development of heterogeneous agents that can dynamically coordinate in unstructured networked cooperative or adversarial environments. These software artifacts have been used in multiple applications including supporting human joint mission teams for crisis response; creating autonomous agents for situation awareness and information fusion, negotiations and coalition formation, and coordinating robots for Urban Search and Rescue. She has also developed models of intermediaries for negotiation and also information intermediaries and agent support systems for human planning and decision making.

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 has served as a member of the OASIS Technical committee on the development of UDDI (Universal Description and Discovery for Interoperability) software standard for discovery of Web Services.

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” (1990-1996).