Raz Nissim



Ph.D. Student
AI Planning and Decision Making research group
Department of Computer Science
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
**(Currently spending the summer at Yahoo! Labs - Haifa)**

Office: Alon Building (37), Room 214
Office Hours: Thu. 10-12
Email:
My CV (updated April 2013)
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Teaching:

  • Spring 2013 - Data Structures for Computer Science (@BGU)
  • Spring 2012 - Data Structures for Information Systems (@BGU) and for Computer Science (@Achva College)
  • Fall 2011 - Computer Programming for Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Spring 2011 - Data Structures for Information Systems (@BGU) and for Computer Science (@Achva College)
  • Fall 2010 - Computer Programming for Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Spring 2010 - Data Structures for Information Systems
  • Fall 2009 - Introduction to AI Planning
  • Spring 2009 - Introduction to AI Planning
  • Fall 2008 - Automata and Formal Languages

    Research Interests:

  • AI Planning and Decision Making, Multi-Agent Planning - advisor Prof. Ronen I. Brafman
  • Heuristic Planning - working with Dr. Habil. Joerg Hoffmann at INRIA - Nancy, France

    Publications:

  • Malte Helmert, Patrik Haslum, Joerg Hoffmann, Raz Nissim
          Merge and Shrink Abstraction: A Method for Generating Lower Bounds in Factored State Spaces
          Accepted to the Journal of the ACM., 2013
         
  • Raz Nissim, Ronen I. Brafman
          Cost-Optimal Planning by Self-Interested Agents
          27th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), 2013
         
  • Raz Nissim, Udi Apsel, Ronen I. Brafman
          Tunneling and Decomposition-Based State Reduction for Optimal Planning(Presentation)
          20th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI), 2012
         
  • Raz Nissim, Ronen I. Brafman
          Multi-Agent A* for Parallel and Distributed Systems(Presentation)
          11th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS), 2012
          Full version in Heuristics for Domain-Independant Planning workshop (ICAPS), 2012
         
  • Raz Nissim, Joerg Hoffmann, Malte Helmert
          Computing Perfect Heuristics in Polynomial Time: On Bisimulation and Merge-and-Shrink Abstraction in Optimal Planning
          22nd International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) , 2011
          Heuristics for Domain-Independant Planning workshop (ICAPS), 2011
         
  • Raz Nissim, Ronen I. Brafman, Carmel Domshlak
          A General, Fully Distributed Multi-Agent Planning Algorithm
          9th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS), 2010
         
  • Software and Ongoing Projects:

  • The Merge & Shrink Planner (joint work with Joerg Hoffmann and Malte Helmert)
         Short paper describing the planner, to be published in the 2011 International Planning Competition booklet.
         This planner has been implemented on top of the Fast Downward system and was the runner up of the
         optimal track of the 2011 International Planning Competition.
         The planner is also incorporated in the winner of the IPC - Fast Downward Stone Soup.
         For more information please check out the Fast Downward website or contact me.