Dr. Milind Tambe

Research Area Leader for Game Theory

Dr. Milind Tambe is the Helen N. and Emmett H. Jones Professor in Engineering at the University of Southern California(USC), and Professor in the Computer Science and Industrial and Systems Engineering Departments. 

He is a fellow of AAAI (Association for Advancement of Artificial Intelligence) (2007), fellow of ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) (2013), recipient of the ACM Autonomous Agents Research Award (2005), Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation Homeland security award(2010), the INFORMS Wagner prize for excellence in Operations Research practice (2012), the Rist Prize of the Military Operations Research Society (2011), IBM Faculty Award(2012), Okawa foundation faculty research award (2004), the RoboCup scientific challenge award(1999), Orange County Engineering Council Outstanding Project Achievement Award (2015), USC Associates Award for Creativity in Research (2014) and USC Viterbi School of Engineering use-inspired research award (2009). 

Prof. Tambe has contributed several foundational papers in agents and multiagent systems; this includes areas of multiagent teamwork, distributed constraint optimization (DCOP) and security games. For this research, he has received the "influential paper award" from the International Foundation for Agents and Multiagent Systems(IFAAMAS) (2012), as well as with his research group, best paper awards at a number of premier Artificial Intelligence Conferences and workshops --- these have included multiple best paper awards at the International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS) and International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA) (e.g., recent best paper awards include AAMAS'09, AAMAS'11, AAMAS'12, IVA'11). Furthermore, today, the security games framework that Prof. Tambe pioneered and the algorithms based on this framework that he developed with his Teamcore research group have been deployed for real-world use at a variety of US ports, airports and transportation infrastructure by agencies including the US Coast Guard, the US Federal Air Marshals service, LAX Police and the LA Sheriff's Department. This research has led him and his students to receive the US Coast Guard Meritorious Team Commendation from the Commandant(2013), US Coast Guard First District's Operational Excellence Award(2011), Certificate of Appreciation from the US Federal Air Marshals Service (2011) and special commendation given by the Los Angeles World Airports police from the city of Los Angeles(2009). This research has also recently led to his co-founding ARMORWAY, a security resource optimization company, where he serves on the board of directors. 

For his teaching and service, Prof. Tambe has received the USC Steven B. Sample Teaching and Mentoring award (2010) and the ACM recognition of service award (2004). His service includes National Academy of Sciences panels, blue ribbon panel to review security at LAX airport, DARPA ISAT Panels and AAAI Presidential Panel on "Long-Term AI Futures". He has also served as general co-chair for the International Joint Conference on Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2004), as a member of the board of directors of IFAAMAS, as a member of the board of trustees of RoboCup Robot Soccer World Cup Federation, as a member of the steering board of the Conference on Decision and Game Theory for Security (GameSec), as a founder of the C4 Conference on Conservation, Computation and Criminology as well as associate editor, advisory board member and editorial board member of journals including the Journal of AI Research (JAIR), IEEE Intelligent Systems and the Journal of Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (JAAMAS). Prof. Tambe received his Ph.D. from the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University.