Roger Mailler

Associate Professor
Tandy School of Computer Science
University of Tulsa
(918) 631-3140 (Office)
mailler at

Biographical Information

Dr. Roger Mailler is an Associate Professor of Computer Science with the Tandy School of Computer Science at the University of Tulsa. He is the director of the Computational Neuroscience and Adaptive Systems (CNAS) lab, which focuses on the investigation of biological and artificial systems that adapt in order to solve problems.

Dr. Mailler is an NSF Career award winner, whose research in distributed problem solving has had a significant impact on the practical applicability of these techniques, having designed several best-of-breed algorithms. His methods have been used to solve problems in sensor networks, airspace management, traffic management, resource allocation, and human coordination.

Stemming from his interests in distributed problem solving, Dr. Maillerís most recent research effort has been the investigation of how the neurons within the organism Caenorhabditis elegans work together to form complex behavior. To date, his work has produced one of the most accurate 3D simulations of the locomotion of C. elegans ever created. He continues to build models of the nervous system to use in the development of next generation control systems.

Dr. Mailler has long history of research beginning while serving on active duty in the USAF, where he received two AF Commendation medals. He was an integral team member on DARPA ANTS program while a graduate student at the University of Massachusetts, worked on the DARPA REAL program and was an academic liaison to AFRL while a postdoctoral associate at Cornell University, was a technical director on the DARPA Coordinators program and Principle Investigator on the DARPA Bootstrapped Learning program for SRI International. Since joining TU in 2008 he has been the Principle Investigator for an AFRL grant investigating the distributed control of optical telescopes for satellite tracking and is currently the PI on the AFRL MIMFA program.

Dr. Mailler is also the founder and acting chair of the Heartland Gaming Expo. This annual event brings together high school and college students from across Oklahoma for a weekend of friendly competition. The event is considered to be one of the largest STEM initiatives ever started at the Unversity.

See my Curriculum Vitae.

Research Interests

  • Distributed and Multi-agent Systems
  • Distributed Sensor Networks
  • Distributed Constraint Satisfaction and Optimization
  • Machine Learning and Self-adapting Systems
See my Research Statement

Research Projects

Selected Publications

Mailler, Roger; and Lesser, Victor. Asynchronous Partial Overlay: A New Algorithm for Solving Distributed Constraint Satisfaction Problems. In Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research (JAIR) , Volume 25, AI Acess Foundation, pp. 529-576. April 2006.

Mailler, Roger; and Lesser, Victor. A Cooperative Mediation-Based Protocol for Dynamic, Distributed Resource Allocation. In IEEE Transaction on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Part C, Special Issue on Game-theoretic Analysis and Stochastic Simulation of Negotiation Agents. Feb 2006.

Mailler, Roger. Comparing Two Approaches to Dynamic, Distributed Constraint Satisfaction. In Proceedings of Fourth International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and MultiAgent Systems (AAMAS 2005), pp. 1049-1056. July, 2005.

Mailler, Roger; and Lesser, Victor. Solving Distributed Constraint Optimization Problems Using Cooperative Mediation. In Proceedings of Third International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and MultiAgent Systems (AAMAS 2004), pp. 438-445. July, 2004.

Mailler,Roger; and Lesser,Victor. Using Cooperative Mediation to Solve Distributed Constraint Satisfaction Problems. In Proceedings of Third International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and MultiAgent Systems (AAMAS 2004), pp. 446-453. July, 2004.

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  • CS 2003 - Fundamentals of Algorithm and Computer Applications
  • CS 4863/BIO 4383 - Computational Neuroscience
  • CS 5863/BIO 5383 - Advanced Computational Neuroscience
  • CS 3023 - Introduction to Game Programming
  • CS 5863 - Advanced Game Programming
  • CS 4863/6863 - Video Processing and Analysis
See my Teaching Statement.

Americas Agents School

I co-chaired the Fifth Americas School on Agents and Multiagent Systems (ASAMAS 06). Check out the web site.

Last revised: 08/19/2014