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Prashant Doshi

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Professor of Computer Science
Ph.D.: University of Illinois at Chicago, 2005

Prof. Doshi's research interests broadly fall in AI and Robotics. In the area of AI, he is an expert on autonomous decision making with specific interests in decision making under uncertainty in multiagent settings. In robotics, Prof. Doshi investigates ways to make learning by observing pragmatic for robots and is an expert on inverse reinforcement learning. He also studies methods for SLAM in occluded, multi-robot settings. His past research experience also includes the semantic Web and specifically in ontology alignment and learning; and in services-oriented computing, specifically in composing Web services and adapting the compositions.

In collaboration with Prof. Piotr Gmytrasiewicz at UIC, Prof. Doshi co-pioneered the Interactive POMDP (I-POMDP) framework, which complements the predominant focus of previous multiagent research on team decision making. I-POMDP departs from several traditional game-theoretic solution concepts (such as equilibria) and its subjective perspective permits a natural consideration of issues related to interactive epistemology (nested modeling) and computability (finite nesting) in decision making. I-POMDPs are now well recognized within the multiagent community as a leading framework for decision making in complex, general settings. Recent use cases of I-POMDPs by researchers testify to its significance and growing appeal. They are being used to explore strategies for countering money laundering by terrorists, enhanced to include trust levels for facilitating defense simulations, and building empirical models for simulating human behavior pertaining to strategic thought and action. Survey articles published by Prof. Doshi in the AI Magazine and the AI Journal offer easy readings for a contextual understanding of this framework. THINC Lab also maintains a one-stop repository of all papers related to the I-POMDP framework. In 2011, Prof. Doshi received UGA's Creative Research Medal for his work related to I-POMDPs, which acknowledges exceptional achievements in creativity and research by UGA faculty.

Prof. Doshi would like to see robots learn tasks simply by observing others perform them. Toward this ambitious goal, his research investigations focus on generalizing inverse reinforcement learning (IRL) to operate in contexts involving noisy sensor models and where portions of the observed task may be occluded from view. A recent survey article published by him and his doctoral student offers an informative review and comparison of various IRL methods and their extensions. This research is being evaluated by teaching collaborative robotic manipulators on a produce processing line to accurately sort onions.

Prof. Doshi is the recipient of the 2009 NSF CAREER award for his research on multiagent decision making. His sustained research excellence has earned him the Outstanding Faculty Research award from the CS department three times (2009, 2012, and 2018). He has published extensively in journals, conferences, and other forums in the fields of agents, AI, Robotics, Semantic Web, and Web services with over 150 archival publications. He has given numerous presentations in conferences and invited talks at research institutions and universities. His papers are available from this website's publication page or from his Google Scholar profile. He currently serves on the editorial board of Springer's Journal of AAMAS as a coordinating editor and as the area chair in various AI conferences.

Education:

M.S. (Computer Science), Drexel University, 2001

Ph.D. (Computer Science), University of Illinois at Chicago, 2005.

Research Interests:

Research Focus:

Artificial intelligence & Robotics

Decision-Making under Uncertainty, Multi-Agent Systems

Reinforcement Learning, Learning from demonstrations

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Courses Regularly Taught:
Articles Featuring Prashant Doshi
Monday, May 10, 2021 - 10:08am

A paper on cyber deception for attacker’s intent recognition co-authored by Professor Prashant Doshi and graduate students Aditya Shinde and Omid Setayeshfar from the THINC lab is the winner of the…

Monday, September 9, 2019 - 11:03am

Prof. Doshi is collaborating on a new 3-year NSF grant with faculty at Oberlin College and UNL-Lincoln on scalable and decentralized planning in open multi-agent systems. Such systems are characterized by agents entering and…

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 11:08am

Congratulations to Dr. Ramviyas Nattanmai Parasuraman and Dr. Prashant Doshi for being funded a project titled “From Toys to Robots for Active Learning in Robotics and AI Education” under the Learning Technologies Grant (LTG)…

Monday, June 3, 2019 - 11:17am

Congratulations to our 2018-2019 academic year award winners:

Dr. Bill Hollingsworth - Faculty Teaching Excellence Award

Dr. Prashant Doshi and Dr. Shannon Quinn - Outstanding Faculty Research Award

Shu Zhang - Best…

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 2:40pm

Congratulations to Dr. Prashant Doshi (PI) and Dr. Yi Hong (Co-PI) for receiving a 3-year NSF grant for the proposal titled: "NRI: FND: Robust Inverse Learning for Human-Robot Collaboration."

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 2:02pm

Congratulations to Dr.  Prashant Doshi (PI) and Dr. Kyu Hyung Lee (Co-PI)  for receiving a 3-year U.S. Army research grant for the proposal titled: "A Framework for Asymmetric Information Interactions among (Cyber) Defenders and Attackers."…

Friday, June 29, 2018 - 9:15am

Congratulations to Dr. Prashant Doshi for receiving a 3-year NSF grant for the proposal titled: "Tractable Decision-Theoretic Planning Driven by Data." 

Monday, September 25, 2017 - 8:32am

Profs. Doshi and Goodie (Psychology) received a 1-year NSF grant for computationally modeling the decision making of individuals in impending disaster areas. 

Friday, July 5, 2013 - 11:57am

Prashant Doshi and Lakshmish Ramaswamy will be joining the Computer Science Department at UGA as Assistant Professors, in August, 2005.…

Friday, July 5, 2013 - 10:39am

Congratulations to Prof. Doshi, Prof. Ramaswamy and Prof. Miller and…

Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 3:21pm

Prof. Doshi was invited to the SensorNet 2.0 panel at the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit held in Seattle in July 2007. The MSR summit is an annual invitation-only event attended by several…

Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 10:57am

Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate, Haibo Zhao, for winning the 2008-09 UGA's Dissertation Completion Award. Haibo's research on Web services is supervised by Prof. Doshi.

Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 10:44am

Congratulations to Prof. Doshifor winning the 2009 NSF CAREER award for his project titled, "Scalable Algorithms for Individual Decision Making in Multiagent Settings". The CAREER award is the…

Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 10:34am

Congratulations to Prof. Doshifor winning the Creative Research Medal for his research…

Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 10:23am

UGA's Red and Black student newspaper features CSCI 4530/6530 (taught by Prof. Potter) and CSCI 4550/6550 (taught by Prof. Doshi) in…

Sunday, June 23, 2013 - 12:05pm

THINC lab's ontology alignment tool, Optima+, developed by doctoral student Uthayasanker Thayasivam and Prof.

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