Adrian Pearce

Associate Professor
Department of Computing and Information Systems
Melbourne School of Engineering
The University of Melbourne, Victoria, 3010, Australia

Tel: +61 3 8344 1399
Office: 6.20, Doug McDonell Building (Building 168), The University of Melbourne
Email: adrianrp [at] unimelb.edu.au

Adrian Pearce


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I am a researcher and innovator in planning and scheduling. My research has improved the efficiency and robustness of a range of applications including production scheduling for mining, cognitive robotics, supply chain management, logistics and air traffic management. I have contributed deeply in research on reasoning about actions within the field of artificial intelligence.

Together with my colleauges, we have made fundamental breakthroughs which faciliate collaborative constraint and resource optimization over complex supply chain networks. This involves satifying constraints, such as resource or processing capacities, while meeting temporally extended goals, such as maintenance constraints. More agile and profitable mine scheduling algorithms have been developed, and algorithms for cognitive robotics which facilitate improved human-robot interaction, by meeting both human and robot constraints, have also been developed. Such optimisation and scheduling techniques are widely applicable, from investigating quantum error correction, to options analysis and financial trading.

Director & Leadership Roles

Director Defence Science Institute (DSI)
Senior Researcher, Optimisation Group, Data61
AI and Autonomy Agent Laboratory at the University of Melbourne.

Research Activities & Interests

Automated planning and scheduling
Intelligent & autonomous systems
Discrete and continuous optimization
   Mathematical programming
Supply chain optimization & logistics
Multi-agent systems
   Constraint optimization
Reasoning about action and change
Epistemic reasoning and nested beliefs

PhD applicants invited to apply - I presently have a range of exciting research opportunities for graduates to do their thesis funded by Melbourne University scholarships including APA and APAI and DSI and Data61 top-up scholarships, please contact me if your are interested in applying.
Research Fellowship - We are about to advertise a research fellowship in automated planning, watch this space.

Awards & Research Group News

As Director (acting) of the Defence Science Institute (DSI), we have been working in close collaboration with Lockheed Martin to create STELaR Lab (Science, Technology, Engineering Leadership, and Research Laboratory), DSI is helping Universities in Melbourne and accross Australia and the world grow with new $13M AUD R&D lab, read the DSI Media Release.
Outstanding (Best) Paper Award, International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS 2015), Jerusalem for Sequencing Operator Counts, Toby Davies, Adrian R. Pearce, Peter J. Stuckey and Nir Lipovetzky
Sister Best Paper Track @ IJCAI, International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI-16), New York for Sequencing Operator Counts, Toby Davies, Adrian R. Pearce, Peter J. Stuckey and Nir Lipovetzky
"Trusted Autonomy" - Project Tyche - we have just commenced three projects under DST Groups Project Tyche Special Research Initiative (SRI) - (i) Survivability, Explainability and Distributed Adaptability in Autonomous Systems; (ii) Automated Reasoning Under Irreducible Uncertainty; and (iii) Autonomous Team Tactics Discovery with Automated Planning
"Open Pit Mining" Demo - our mine planning system has also been accepted for the Systems Demonstration Track at ICAPT 2015
"Short Term Scheduling Demo - our Short Term Scheduling in Open-Pit Mines with Multiple Objectives will be demonstrated at Industry Day at CP 2015
ICAPS Best Dissertation Award 2015 "Exploiting Relevance to Improve Robustness and Flexibility in Plan Generation and Execution" Dr. Christian Muise, Advisors Sheila McIlraith & Chris Beck
ICAPS Best Dissertation Award 2013, "Structure and Inference in Classical Planning", Dr. Nir Lipovetzky, Advisor Hector Geffner

Selected publications

Adrian Pearce's publications at DBLP & Google Scholar (for latest publications)

Michelle Blom, Adrian R. Pearce & Peter J. Stuckey Short-Term Scheduling of an Open-Pit Mine with Multiple Objectives Engineering Optimization, (Accepted 2016)

Giuseppe De Giacomo, Yves Lespérance, Adrian Pearce Situation Calculus Game Structures and GDL, The biennieal European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI-16) The Hague, pp 1044-1050, 2016

Christian Muise, Paolo Felli, Tim Miller, Adrian Pearce and Liz Sonenberg Planning for a Single Agent in a Multi-Agent Environment Using FOND, The 25th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI-16) New York, AAAI Press, pp. 3206-3212, 2016

Toby Davies, Adrian R. Pearce, Peter J. Stuckey and Nir Lipovetzky Sequencing Operator Counts, The 25th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI-16) New York, pp 4140-4144, 2016 (Sister Conference Best Paper Track)

Tim Miller, Christian Muise, Paolo Felli, Adrian R. Pearce & Liz Sonenberg 'Knowing Whether' in Proper Epistemic Knowledge Bases Proceedings of the Thirtieth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-16), Phoenix, Arizona, AAAI Press, pp. 1044-1050, 2016

Chris Ewin & Adrian R. Pearce Optimizing Long-Running Action Histories in the Situation Calculus Through Search PRIMA 2015: Principles and Practice of Multi-Agent Systems 18th International Conference, Bertinoro, Italy, October 26-30, Chen, Q., Torroni, P., Villata, S., Hsu, J., Omicini, A. (Eds.), pp. 85-100, Vol. 9387, LNCS, 2015

Christian Muise, Frank Dignum, Paolo Felli, Tim Miller, Adrian R. Pearce & Liz Sonenberg Towards Team Formation via Automated Planning COIN15@IJCAI

Michelle Blom, Adrian R. Pearce & Peter J. Stuckey A Decomposition-Based Algorithm for the Scheduling of Open-Pit Networks over Multiple Time Periods Management Science, 62(10): 3059-3084, 2016 DOI

Paolo Felli, Tim Miller, Adrian R. Pearce, Christian Muise & Liz Sonenberg Computing social behaviours using agent models , Proceedings of the Twenty-Fourth International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI 2015), pages 2978-2984, Beunos Aires, Argentina, 2015 Download paper

Christina Burt, Nir Lipovetzky, Adrian R. Pearce, & Peter J. Stuckey Approximate Uni-directional Benders Decomposition , Proceedings of PlanSOpt-15 Workshop on Planning, Search and Optimization AAAI-15, pages 24-31, Austin, USA 2015 Download paper

Christina Burt, Ni Lipovetzky, Adrian R. Pearce and Peter J. Stuckey Scheduling with Fixed Maintenance, Shared Resources and Nonlinear Feedrate Constraints: a Mine Planning Case Study, The Twelfth International Conference on Integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Operations Research (OR) techniques in Constraint Programming (CPAIOR 2015) , pages 91-107, Barcelona, LNCS Vol. 9075, 2015

Toby Davies, Adrian R. Pearce, Peter J. Stuckey and Nir Lipovetzky Sequencing Operator Counts, Proceedings of the 25th International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS 2015) pages 61-69, Jerusalem, 2015 (Outstanding Paper Award)

Giuseppe De Giacomo, Yves Lespérance, Adrian Pearce Synchronous Games in the Situation Calculus, Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS2015), pages 1675-1676, Istanbul, 2015

Toby Davies, Adrian R. Pearce, Peter Stuckey, Harald Sondergaard Optimisation and Relaxation for Multiagent Planning in the Situation Calculus, Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS2015), pages 1141-1149, Istanbul, 2015

Christian Muise, Tim Miller, Paolo Felli, Adrian R. Pearce and Liz Sonenberg. Efficient Reasoning With Consistent Proper Epistemic Knowledge Bases, Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS2015) , pages 1461-1469, Istanbul, 2015

Christian J. Muise, Vaishak Belle, Paolo Felli, Sheila A. McIlraith, Tim Miller, Adrian R. Pearce, Liz Sonenberg: Planning Over Multi-Agent Epistemic States: A Classical Planning Approach. AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), pp. 3327-3334, 2015

Ryan Kelly and Adrian R. Pearce. Asynchronous Knowledge with Hidden Actions in the Situation Calculus, Artificial Intelligence, doi:10.1016/j.artint.2014.12.005   Vol. 221, pages 1-31, April, 2015 Download Preprint version of paper

Felli, P., Muise, C, Miller, T., Pearce, A. R., Sonenberg, L.. Artificial social reasoning: computational mechanisms for reasoning about others, International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR), pp. 146-155, 2014 Download Preprint version of paper

Michelle L. Blom, Christina N. Burt, Adrian R. Pearce, and Peter J. Stuckey. A decomposition-based heuristic for collaborative scheduling in a network of open pit mines. INFORMS Journal of Computing, 26(4), pp.658-676, 2014 Download Preprint version of paper

Chris Ewin, Adrian R. Pearce and Stavros Vassos. Transforming Situation Calculus Action Theories for Optimised Reasoning In C. Baral and G. De Giacomo editors, Proceedings of the International Conference on Principles of Knowledge Representation and Reasoning (KR) , pp. 448-457, 2014 Download Preprint version of paper

Nir Lipovetzky, Christina Burt, Adrian R. Pearce, and Peter J. Stuckey. Planning for mining operations with time and resource constraints. In S. Chien and A. Fern, editors, Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS), pp.404-412, 2014 Download Preprint version of paper

Toby Davies, Adrian R. Pearce, Peter J. Stuckey, and Harald Sondegaard. Fragment-based planning using column generation. In S. Chien and A. Fern, editors, Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS), 83-91, 2014 Download Preprint version of paper

Yen-Ting Kuo, Andrew Lonie, Adrian R. Pearce, and Liz Sonenberg. Mining surprising patterns and their explanations in clinical data Applied Artificial Intellignece Vol 28, pages 111-138, 2014 Download Preprint version of paper

Adrian R. Pearce, Liz Sonenberg and Paddy Nixon Toward Resilient Human-Robot Interaction through Situation Projection for Effective Joint Action , Robot-Human Teamwork in Dynamic Adverse Environment: Papers from the 2011 AAAI Fall Symposium , (2011) 44-48 Download Preprint version of paper

Ryan Kelly and Adrian R. Pearce. Property Persistence in the Situation Calculus, Artificial Intelligence, 174 (2010) 865-888 Download Preprint version of paper

Giuseppe De Giacomo and Yves Lesperance and Adrian R. Pearce. Situation Calculus-Based Programs for Representing and Reasoning about Game Structures. Proceedings of the Twelfth International Conference on the Principles of Knowledge Representation and Reasoning (KR 2010) 445-455 Download Paper

Australian Research Council (ARC) Grants, Research Contracts & Research Centre Establishment & Participation

Grant Period Project/Role Amount Researcher Fellows
ARC
Linkage
2012-2015 (granted 2011) Making the Pilbara Blend: agile mine scheduling through contingent planning $1.36 million (ARC: $600,000;
Rio Tinto Iron Ore : $762,732) & $197,441 (The University of Melbourne)
Dr. Michelle Blom, Dr. Nir Lipovetzky & Dr. Christina Burt
ARC Discovery 2013-2015 Foundations of human-agent collaboration: situation-relevant information sharing $350,000 Dr. Christian Muise & Dr. Paolo Felli
ARC Discovery 2003-2007 Concept-based retrieval $671,330, inc. two years additional funding, part of
ARC Centre for Perceptive and Intelligent Machines in Complex Environments (PIMCE)
 
ARC
Linkage
2000-2002 Enabelling intelligent agent behaviour in command support $156,533 (ARC: $78,183;
Thales Group (Australia) : $78,350)
 
Defence Science Institute
(DSI)
2011-2017 Director, acting (Dec'14-Jan-15), University Collaboration
& Program Manager Autonomy and Surveillance
$5 million ($3+$2M), DSDBI , State Gov, $0.5+$1 million Universities, Victoria, $2.5+$2.5 million DST-G  
DST Group 2016- Tyche Special Research Initiative (SRI) on Trusted Autonomy: (i) Survivability, Explainability and Distributed Adaptability in Autonomous Systems; (ii) Automated Reasoning Under Irreducible Uncertainty; and (iii) Autonomous Team Tactics Discovery with Automated Planning $350,000, Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group Dr. Michelle Blom & Dr. Nir Lipovetzky
Data61 Optimisation Research Group 2005- Senior Researcher, Optimisation Research Group (2009-to-date) Australian Government &
Victorian Government (2005-2014)
Toby Davies & Chris Ewin

Postgraduate Candidates

Name Topic Period Main outcomes Employment Intern
Toby Davies Application of Global Optimisation Techniques to Multi-Agent Planning 2013- ICAPS Outstanding Paper Award, ICAPSx2, AAMAS Biarri Google (twice)
Aleck MacNally Human-robot communication in automated planning 2016- ICAPS DC 2016    
Oliver Kim TBA 2016-      
Chris Ewin Online Multi-Agent Reasoning in Asynchronous Domains 2012- KR, Casual Tutor Award 2014   Microsoft (hackathon) & Apps@Melbourne
Adam Whiteside Fault-tolerant Quantum Error Correction 2013- Physical review letters (4 journal papers)    
Dr. Michelle Blom Arguments and Actions: Decoupling Preference and Planning through Argumentation 2008-2011 INJOC, IJCAI, EUMASx2, STAIRS, AR-Golog programming language The University of Melbourne Rio Tinto Iron Ore
Dr. Ryan Kelly Asynchronous multi-agent reasoning in the situation calculus 2005-2008 . AIJx2, IJCAI, KR, AAMAS, IAT & MIndiGolog programming langauge & Nominated for CORE Australasian Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award & Chancellors Prize Mozilla Victorian Partnership for Advanced Computing (VPAC) & Cloud Matrix (co-founder)
Dr. Jian (Alan) Huang Collaborative logic programming via deductive-inductive resolution 2005-2008 IJCAI, AAAI, IAT   CollabLP programming language Fidessa, Hong Kong  
Dr. Michael Papasimeon Modelling Agent-Environment Interaction in Multi-Agent Simulations with Affordances 2002-2009 (part-time) AAMAS, AOIS, ASEC, PRIMA, HAVE multi-agent human-agent virtual environment Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO)
Dr. Don Perugini Agents for logistics: a provisional agreement approach 2003-2006 AAMAS, IATx2, CIMCA/IAWTIC ISD Analytics
(iAward 2013 recipient)
Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO)
Dr. Susannah Soon Multi-agent coordination: a graph-based approach to intention recognition 2003-2006 AAMASx2; Agents & Autonomy Thales Group & Curtin University   Thales Group
Dr. Yen-Ting Kuo Capturing domain knowledge for knowledge discovery 2008-2010 Applied Artificla Intelligence, Journal of Inf. Sci. Eng., The Visual Computer, ICONIP, Web Intelligence, Neurocomputing Delta Electronics, Inc., Taipei, Taiwan  
Dr. Peter Hebden Distributed asynchronous clustering for small-world properties & Bloom gradient routing for wireless sensor networks 2006-2009 IJIP, ICISIPx2, ISSNIP & NOSA sensor-network infrastructure University of Warwick  
Dr. Jian (Jenny)
Ying Zhang
Causation and Fuzzy Causal Networks 2001-2004 IEEE Transaction Fuzzy Systems, FUZZ-IEEE, Soft. Comput., WAIM Swinburne University of Technology  
Terence
Heung-Wing Law (MSc)
Focused Decomposition: multi-agent distributed constraint optimisation with linear communication 2006-2007 IAT & DistDecomp    

Conference Chair & Organisational roles

Sponsorship Chair, ICAPS 2016 (London)
Doctoral Mentoring Consortium Chair, AAMAS 2015 (Istanbul)
Doctoral Consortium Chair, KR2014
Doctoral Consortium Chair, AAMAS 2011 (Taipei)

Senior Program/Program Committee membership

IJCAI-16 (SPC) (New York)
Previous: IJCAI-15 (Buenos Aires); IJCAI-13 (Beijing);IJCAI-11 (Barcelona);IJCAI-09 (Pasadena)
KR2016 (Cape Town)
Previous: KR2014 (Vienna); KR2012 (Rome)
AAMAS 2016 (Singapore)
Previous: AAMAS 2015 (Istanbul); AAMAS 2013 (Saint Paul, Minnesota); AAMAS 2012 (Valencia); AAMAS 2010 (Toronto)
AAAI-16 (Phoenix, Arizona)
Previous: AAAI-11 (San Francisco)

Recent Reviewing

Artificial Intellignece Journal (AIJ)
Journal of Artificial Intellignece Research (JAIR)
Journal of Logic Programming
Journal of Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems

Memberships

Senior Member, Australian Computer Society Member, IEEE Computer Society
Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Member, American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI)
Member, American Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

Academic Teaching

COMP90054 Software Agents (2016)
COMP30019 Graphics and Computation (2016)
ENG10003 Engineering Systems Design 2 (2016)
330 Theory of computation (previous)
255 Logic and Computation (previous)
343 Professional Issues in Computation (previous)
257 Frontiers of Computer Science (previous)

Qualifications

PhD in Computer Science (APAI Postgraduate Award), Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia 1997
BSc (Hons - 1st class) in Computer Science, The University of Melbourne, Australia 1991

 


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