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David E. Wilkins
Senior Computer Scientist, Artificial Intelligence Center
David Wilkins, Ph.D., has been principal investigator on numerous projects in planning, execution monitoring, and multiagent problem solving. He was elected a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) in 1998.
Wilkins has extensive project management experience and was proposal manager or technical volume manager on several large proposals including SRI's winning bids on DARPA's Autonomous Robotic Manipulation, Machine Reading, and Bootstrapped Learning programs; and on IARPA's BEST and FUSE programs.
He was the author of SIPE, and recorded a seven-minute video giving a historical overview of the SIPE HTN planning system.
He developed a planning and decision aid for Army small unit operations for the DARPA SUO Program, and he was responsible for planning and decision aid design for the FCS C4ISR architecture in FCS Phase 1.
Wilkins has published numerous journal articles, and his 1988 book, Practical Planning: Extending the Classical AI Planning Paradigm, helped define the planning field and hierarchical planning techniques. He was the principal scientist for the final integrated demonstration for the DARPA/Rome Laboratory Planning Initiative (ARPI).
Wilkins has been with SRI's Artificial Intelligence Center since he received his Ph.D. in 1979 from Stanford University in 1979, where his adviser was John McCarthy, Ph.D.. He has served on AAAI, IJCAI, and ICAPS program committees and was a visiting scholar at Stanford University and the University of Melbourne. He was instrumental in establishing the Australian Artificial Intelligence Institute.