I am a researcher in Artificial Intelligence, working under Prof. Stuart Russell at Berkeley. Previously I worked in the Yochan group under Prof. Subbarao Kambhampati at ASU.
My specialty is in Automated Planning, particularly theoretical foundations of Temporal Planning, which is the topic of my recently completed dissertation (overview slides, defense video part 1 and part 2). On the practical side, just for example, I've slashed SAPA's grounding time from 15 minutes to under a second, and sped up POND by 20-100x. Some other subjects I've delved into include Domain-Independent Heuristics, Combinatorial Search, Natural Language Processing, Automated Learning, Graph Theory, Computer Graphics, and Compilers. Often I find myself teaching GO, which game has become a poster-child for Monte-Carlo Tree Search.
Going forward I'll be sailing the largely uncharted waters of Probabilistic First-Order Temporal Reasoning.
(Warning! Extensive academic studies are deleterious to humor.)
Occasionally I foolishly try to downgrade my coffee dependency to a habit.
There are fewer than 10k people who can claim to be two degrees of separation away from Paul Erdös in the collaboration graph;
I have thus far tried to make my publications be of substance and caliber that I myself would be impressed by.
(That is not an effective strategy for an academic career, and hopefully a tendency I will outgrow sooner rather than later!)