Roger Mailler

Assistant Professor
Computer Science Department
University of Tulsa
(918) 631-3140 (Office)
mailler at utulsa.edu

Biographical Information

I received my BS with Honors in Computer Science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1999.

In 1999, I entered the Ph.D. program at the University of Massachusetts working with Professor Victor Lesser.  During my time at UMASS, I developed techniques for real-time, distributed resource allocation in an adaptive distributed sensor network as part of the DARPA ANTS program.

This work led to the ideas in my dissertation which was entitled "A Mediation-Based Approach to Cooperative, Distributed Problem Solving." [PS] [PDF] In this work, I investigated a new class of distributed problem solving techniques that are based on dynamic, partial centralization. I created three new algorithms as part of this effort, two of which are considered best-in-class techniques for solving distributed constraint satisfaction and optimization problems. In May 2004, I received my Ph.D. in Computer Science.

After finishing my PhD, I did a one year post doc at Cornell University working in the Intelligent Information Systems Institute (IISI) with Professor Carla Gomes and Professor Bart Selman where I continued my research on techniques for solving distributed problems and began investigating techniques for real-time reasoning using a new form of Chess called AChess as part of the DARPA REAL program.

I joined SRI International in May 2005 where I continued to investigate techniques for solving distributed problems in both static and dynamic contexts as part of my larger interests in distributed and multi-agent systems.

In 2008, I left SRI and am now an Assistant professor and director of the Computational Neuroscience and Adaptive Systems (CNAS) Lab at the University of Tulsa.

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.

See the complete list...

Teaching

  • Teaching Assistant: Multi-Agent Systems - Spring 2002
  • Teaching Assistant: Introduction to Programming - Fall 1999
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: 01/29/07