UTCS Colloquia/AI - K. Brent Venable/University of Padova (Italy), "Compact Preference Models in Single- and Multi-agent Settings", ACES ACES 2.402

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Jenna Whitney
Apr 29, 2011 11:00am - 12:00pm

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Type of Talk: UTCS Colloquia/AI

Speaker/Affiliation: K. Br

ent Venable/University of Padova (Italy)

Talk Audience: UTCS Faculty,
Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students and Outside Interested Parties

Date/Time: Friday, April 29, 2011, 11:00 a.m.

Location: ACES 2


Host: Peter Stone

Talk Title: Compact preference models in s

ingle- and multi-agent settings

Talk Abstract: As preferences are fund

amental for the analysis of human choice behavior, they are becoming of in

creasing importance for computational fields such as artificial intelligenc

e (AI). Their embedding in intelligent systems calls for both expressive an

d, at the same time, compact representation models as well as for efficie

nt reasoning machinery. In this talk we will give an overview of soft const

raints and CP-nets: two of the most successful AI compact preference framew

orks currently used to represent the preferences of a single agent. We will
first discuss and compare their positive and negative features and then we
will show how such models can be embedded in multi-agent settings, such a

s decision making via voting and stable matching problems.

Speaker Bio

: K. Brent Venable is currently assistant professor at the Dept. of Pure an

d Applied Mathematics at the University of Padova (Italy). Her main researc

h interests are within artificial intelligence and regard, in particular,
constraints, preferences, temporal reasoning and computational social ch

oice. She is author or co-author of over 60 technical papers. She is involv

ed in a lively international scientific exchange and, among others, she i

s currently collaborating with researchers from NASA Ames, SRI Internation

al, NICTA-UNSW (Australia), University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands), 4

C (Ireland) and Ben-Gurion University (Israel).