Doctoral Mentoring Program

The AAMAS 2016 doctoral mentoring program is intended for Ph.D. students in advanced stages of their research. This program will provide an opportunity for students to interact closely with established researchers in their fields, to receive feedback on their work and to get advice on managing their careers. Specifically, the goals of the program are:

  • To match each student with an established researcher in the community (who will act as a mentor). The mentor will interact closely with the student, provide feedback on research, and help the student form new contacts.
  • To allow students an opportunity to present their work to a friendly audience of other students as well as mentors.
  • To provide students with new contacts and professional networking opportunities.

The doctoral mentoring program will consist of opportunities for interactions between mentors and their mentees prior to the conference, as well as a one day doctoral consortium (DC).

Doctoral Consortium Schedule

09:00-09:15am Welcome to the DC (Maria & Gita)

Student Presenters  (12 minute presentations, 3 minutes for questions)

Yoosef Abushark:  A Systematic Approach for Detecting Defects in Agent Designs
Zehong Hu:  A Novel Approach to Evaluate Robustness of Incentive Mechanism Against Bounded Rationality
Reuth Mirsky: Plan Recognition in Exploratory Domains
Trevor Santarra: Adapting Plans through Communication with Unknown Teammates
Roi Ceren: Learning to Act Optimally in Partially Observable Multiagent Settings

10:30-11:00am Coffee Break
11:00-12:30pm Student Presenters

Sanmit Narvekar: Curriculum Learning in Reinforcement Learning
Ariel Rosenfeld: Human-Multi-Robot Team Collaboration using Advising Agents
Alan Tsang: Strategic Voting and Social Networks
Tathagata Chakraborti: Planning for Symbiotic Action
Diana Gudu: MAS-based, Scalable Allocation of Resources in Large-scale, Dynamic Environments
Wen Song: An Auction-based Approach for Decentralized Multi-Project Scheduling

12:30-14:00pm Group Lunch
14:00-15:00pm Invited Speaker: Sandip Sen (University of Tulsa)
15:00-15:30pm Elevator Pitch Practice
15:30-16:00pm Coffee Break
16:00-17:15pm Panel on Career Experiences
Sam Barrett (Amazon Robotics)
Edith Elkind (Oxford),
Jeff Rosenschein (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
William Yeoh (New Mexico State University)


Submission Requirements

We encourage submissions from Ph.D. students at advanced stages of their research within the Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems field. Based on the submissions, the organizing committee will select a group of students that will be invited to participate in the program. Participants will be expected to take active part in all doctoral mentoring program activities.

Each submission should include a set of documents from the student and a recommendation letter from the advisor.

The submission package consists of:

  1. A two-page extended abstract of the student's thesis (in the AAMAS submission format)
  2. A personal statement (one page) in any single column format that includes:
    1. country and institute of study
    2. citizenship and gender
    3. area of study (provide 1-3 keywords)
    4. whether you have participated in the AAMAS DC before
    5. one or two names of suggested mentors
  3. A short (2-page) resume (CV)
  4. A recommendation letter from the advisor.

Student submissions should be done through EasyChair:

Advisor recommendation letters should be sent directly to

Important Dates

Feb 9, 2016: Submission package due
Mar 1, 2016: Acceptance notification
Mar 13, 2016: Camera-ready deadline
May 10, 2016: Doctoral Consortium

For questions, please contact the doctoral mentoring co-chairs:

Maria Gini
University of Minnesota

Gita Sukthankar
University of Central Florida