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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 has held the Sixth Century Chair in Computing Science at the University of Aberdeen (2005-2015). She is also the Director of the Laboratory for Advanced Agents and Robotics Technology. 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.

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). She is the recipient of the ACM/SIGART Agents Research Award and of the Research Award of the Group Decision and Negotiation section of the Institute of Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). 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 received multiple best paper awards given numerous invited talks, and has authored or co-authored more than 700 technical papers dealing with coordination and control of multi-agent and multi-robot swarms, human-robot interaction and teaming, negotiation, multi-agent learning, trust in autonomy, data mining, computational modeling of cultural factors, and the application of these techniques to crisis action planning, persistent environmental monitoring and exploration, service robots and agriculture.

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”; and on the editorial board of six additional journals.