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Director, Artificial Intelligence Center
Sridhar Mahadevan, Ph.D., leads SRI's Artificial Intelligence Center (AIC), one of the world's major centers of research in artificial intelligence. Since its founding in 1966, SRI’s AIC has been pioneering and contributing to the development of computer capabilities for intelligent behavior in complex situations.
The AIC researches the computational principles underlying intelligence in humans and machines, and creates new technology in major areas of artificial intelligence.
Mahadevan's research interests span several subfields of artificial intelligence and computer science, including machine learning, multi-agent systems, planning, perception, and robotics.
Prior to joining SRI, Mahadevan was a full professor in the College of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. While there, he was also co-director of the Autonomous Learning Laboratory, where his research focused on dimensionality reduction and manifold learning, first-order optimization methods, reinforcement learning, transfer learning, discovery of representation, architectures for autonomous agents, biological models of learning and motor control, neuroscience, and robot learning.
Previously, Mahadevan was an Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Michigan State University, and he was an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of South Florida, Tampa. Earlier in his career, Mahadevan worked at the IBM T.J. Watson Laboratories in Hawthorne, NY.
Mahadevan is a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. As a noted researcher in artificial intelligence, he is a sought-after speaker on the topic, and is the author of numerous highly-cited publications.
Mahadevan holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Rutgers University, and M.Tech. in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, and a B.Engg. (Honors) in electronics and communication from Regional Engineering College, India.