shashank shekhar         Shashank Shekhar (शशांक शेखर)
        Postdoctoral Scholar (Multi-Agent Planning, Decision Making under Uncertainty, and Robotics)
        The Department of Computer Science
        Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
        Beer-Sheva, Israel - 8410501
        Email: shashankshekhar2010 [at] gmail [dot] com
        Phone: (M) +972 58 630 4278
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As our world possesses an intrinsic distribution, it would be unrealistic to envision future applications based on a centralized system (which comprises a single decision-maker) with access to all information being employed for global decision-making. Hence, my long-term research goal is to develop technology that will allow us to build intelligent systems to cope with the natural distribution present in the world.

Brief Bio

I am currently a (short-term) postdoctoral fellow in The Department of Computer Science, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel, working with Professor Ronen I. Brafman (AAAI Fellow). I am broadly interested in artificial intelligence, automated planning, decision making under uncertainty, heuristic search, reinforcement learning, robotics, optimization, and their real-world applications. Apart from that, I am also interested in expanding my expertise in multi-agent planning/pathfinding problems under temporal and spatial uncertainty and their applications. Currently, I am working in multi-agent planning and decision making with partial observability under uncertainty.

Previously, I submitted my Ph.D. thesis in The Department of Computer Science, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel. I was extremely fortunate to be advised by Professor Ronen I. Brafman. The focus of my Ph.D. thesis was on devising plausible frameworks and algorithms for solving collaborative multi-agent planning problems with interacting actions.

Prior to that, I received my M.S. (by research) in artificial intelligence planning and learning from the Computer Science and Engineering department, Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras), India. I received my Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.) (with distinction) in 2011 from Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, New Delhi.



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  • [2011 - 2012] - System Engineer-I, Infosys Limited, Mangalore, India (Java, C# developer).
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