How to Be a Good Graduate Student by Marie desJardins
Dr. Marie desJardins is a senior computer scientist in the Artificial
Intelligence Center at SRI International. She will be joining the
faculty of the computer science department at the University of
Maryland, Baltimore County, in August 2001.
She has technical interests in machine learning, planning, multi-agent
systems, information management, reasoning with uncertainty, and
decision theory. Since joining SRI in 1991, she has led or
participated in numerous applied research projects, primarily in the
areas of planning and machine learning. Machine learning projects
have included mixed-initiative methods for knowledge acquisition,
prediction of biochemical function of enzymes, partially automating
the development of planning knowledge for AI planning systems, and
modeling student learning behavior in intelligent tutoring systems.
Planning projects have included negotiation and self-organization
methods in multi-agent systems, distributed plan deconfliction
techniques and hybrid generative/case-based planning methods for
maritime campaign planning, a planning architecture that supports
distributed planning and scheduling agents, and task-based information
distribution in collaborative environments.
Dr. desJardins has presented papers and chaired several workshops in
the areas of planning and machine learning; has edited special issues
of the Machine Learning Journal and AI Magazine; has reviewed papers
for numerous journals, conferences, and workshops; was on the program
committees for ICMAS-2000, AAAI-98, AAAI-96, ICML-94, AAI-94, and
AAAI-93; and was the Chair of the AAAI-2000 Workshop Program.
She wrote a paper entitled 'How to Succeed in Graduate School: A Guide
for Students and Advisors' that was published in Crossroads, the
online ACM student magazine, and has been distributed widely on the
Internet. She was the president of Women in Computer Science and
Engineering at UC Berkeley, and has been involved in many activities
to improve the quality of graduate school instruction and mentoring,
particularly for women graduate students.
Dr. desJardins was awarded a Ph.D. in artificial intelligence from the
University of California at Berkeley in 1992, where her dissertation
presented a model for autonomous machine learning in probabilistic
domains. She received her A.B. in engineering / computer science from
Harvard University in 1985. She can be reached at SRI International,
333 Ravenswood Ave., Menlo Park CA 94025; Internet: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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