MAPLE is the research group of Dr.
Marie desJardins at the University of
Maryland, Baltimore County.
Planning and LEarning
Conference links: a web page with upcoming
and potential conference deadlines and locations
Dr. desJardins's research is in artificial intelligence, with current interests
in planning, learning, and multiagent systems. Here are a few of the ongoing
projects that students in MAPLE are working on.
Research Interests and Projects
VisARD: Visualizing dynamic relational models in complex domains
(sponsored by ARDA)
Developing methods for dynamic organization (combinatorial strategy selection
and task allocation) in multi-agent systems
Studying the effect of social graph structures on large-scale
Developing constraint satisfaction methods for planning and scheduling
that take into account the cost of checking constraints
Online and active learning methods for text classification
Incorporating background knowledge into machine learning techniques
Interactive methods for planning, scheduling, and machine learning
Applying AI planning techniques to perform service composition for the
Applying genetic algorithms to learning game playing strategies
Here's a bibliography of papers by Dr. desJardins and her students, with
pointers to online versions.
Blazej Bulka (Ph.D. in progress). Research topic: Tools for
Laurie Botto (B.A. expected December 2003). Research topic:
Genetic algorithms for learning to play Hi-Q.
Brandon Corfman (M.S. expected May 2004). Project topic:
Dynamic constraints for travel planning.
David Dalrymple (B.A. expected May 2005). Research topic:
Constraint-based academic advising systems.
Eric Eaton (B.A. May 2003, Ph.D. in progress). Research topic:
Machine learning (online learning, active learning).
Matt Gaston (M.S.
May 2002, Ph.D. in progress). M.S. thesis title:
and the effects of network structure on the dynamics of multi-agent social
Yan Hao (Ph.D. in progress). Research area: Multi-agent systems.
Neeraj Kashyap (B.A. expected May 2004). Research topic:
The effects of constraint graph structure on problem difficulty.
Sowmya Ponuguti (M.S. expected December 2003). Project topic: Grouping
of nominal values in decision tree learning.
Priyang Rathod (M.S. expected May 2004). Thesis topic:
Dynamic team formation in multi-agent systems.
Mithun Sheshagiri (M.S. expected May 2004). Research topic: Abstractions
and temporal persistence in hybrid planning systems.
Mike Smith (Ph.D. in progress). Research topic: Modeling
trust in multi-agent systems.
Qianjun Xu (M.S. May 2003, Ph.D. in progress). M.S. thesis title:
"Many features, little data: Feature selection for small data sets
using probabilistic background knowledge."
Research topics: Adaptive information
retrieval techniques; incorporating qualitative knowledge into inductive
learning; knowledge-based feature selection.
Jim Weekley (Ph.D. in progress). Research area: Multi-agent
Joshua Barczak (B.A. May 2003). Currently a graduate student at
UMBC working with Prof. Marc Olano.
Mike Furr (B.A. May 2003). Currently a graduate
student at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Sohel Merchant (M.S. August 2003). Project topic: Bioinformatics
data management. Currently working at Northwestern University.
Csaba Rozgonyi (M.S. August 2003). Project topic: Genetic
learning of control rules in reactive systems.
Suryakant Sansare (M.S. August 2002). Thesis title: Incorporating
constraint checking costs in constraint satisfaction problems
Chad Sessions (former Ph.D. student). Moved to Florida, where he
will hopefully resume his studies!
Joshua Solomon (B.A. May 2003). Research topic: Temporal
reasoning with non-controllable constraints.
Xuanxuan Su (M.S. December 2002). Project title: Multi-resolution
image processing for physical data. Current position (as of Spring
2003): Research specialist,Department of Neurology,University of Maryland
School of Medicine.
Tom Walsh (B.A. May 2003). Undergraduate research topic: The
effects of graph density on team formation in multi-agent systems.
Currently in the Ph.D. program at Rutgers University.
Mitch White (B.A. expected May 2004). Research topic: Network structures
and multi-agent systems.
(formally mentored students and students on whose thesis/project committees
Dr. desJardins has served / is serving)
(Ph.D. in progress; advisor Dr. Tim Finin). Thesis title:
agent architecture for building distributed context-aware systems.
Eleanor Chlan (Ph.D. in progress; advisor Dr. Penny Rheingans).
Thesis topic: Tree metaphors for visualizing clustered data.
Shailesh Doshi (Ph.D. in progress; M.S. December 2003; advisor Dr. Tim
Oates). Thesis topic: Probabilistic graph grammars.
Shari Holstege (M.S. expected May 2004). Thesis topic:
Interactive exploration of the space of possible visualizations.
Fang Huang (Ph.D. in progress; advisor Dr. Tim Oates).
Gang Wu (Ph.D. in progress; advisor Dr. Steve Freeland
(biology)). Thesis topic: bioinformatics/evolutionary biology.
Youyoung Zou (Ph.D. in progress; advisor Dr. Tim Finin). Thesis
title: Reasoning agents for the Semantic Web.
Devina Desai (M.S. December 2002; advisor Dr. Tim Oates). Thesis
title: Predicting patterns in multivariant time series using unsupervised
Kiri Wagstaff (Ph.D. Cornell University August 2002; advisor Dr.
Claire Cardie). Thesis title: Intelligent clustering with instance-level
constraints. Current position (as of Fall 2003): Research scientist,
Space Systems, Johns Hopkins' Applied Physics Laboratory.
Russell Osborn (Mt. Hebron High School, June 2002). Research topic:
Communication in multi-agent systems. Currently (as of Fall 2002) an undergraduate
at Harvey Mudd College.
Pratik Phadke (M.S. August 2001; advisor Dr. Penny Rheingans)
SPRING 2003 MAPLE RESEARCH COLLOQUIUM
Friday, January 31, 2003
|10:00 - 10:30
||Marie desJardins, MAPLE research overview
- Brandon Corfman
- Matt Gaston
- Sohel Merchant
- Sowmya Ponuguti
- Priyang Rathod
- Mithun Sheshagiri
- Joshua Solomon
- Qianjun Xu
The MAPLE group also recently (June 2002) had a party: here are some
pictures (one and two).
Marie desJardins, mariedj
@ cs.umbc.edu. Last updated 9/3/03.