Sylvie Thiébaux

40.jpg (6438 bytes) Professor
Artificial Intelligence Group
College of Engineering & Computer Science
The Australian National University

Telephone: (+61) 2 6125 8678
Address: Hanna Neumann Building, 145 Science Road, ANU, Canberra ACT 2600

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My educational background includes a Diplôme d'Ingénieur from
National Institute of Applied Sciences in 1991, a M.Sc. from Florida Tech in 1992, and a Ph.D. from University of Rennes in 1995, all in Computer Science.

I have held appointments with INRIA and CSIRO. Since 2001, I have been with the Australian National University, and from 2003 to 2018, I was a contributor to National ICT Australia (wich became Data61 in 2016). In 2008, I was on long service leave and on sabbatical at LAAS-CNRS. In 2009-2011, I was NICTA's Canberra Laboratory director (150 staff and PhD students).

I am a AAAI Fellow and Co-Editor in Chief of the Artificial Intelligence journal.

Research Interests

I am a member of ANU's Planning and Optimisation Group which is part of of the Artificial Intelligence Area. My interests within AI include planning, scheduling, model-based diagnosis, search, and reasoning under uncertainty. My current research focuses on developing planning, scheduling, and diagnosis techniques that can handle larger and more complex problems featuring uncertainty, mixed discrete-continuous dynamics, and coordination among multiple entities. I am investigating applications of these techniques to future energy systems.

Recent Awards

Research Projects

Australian Research Council: ANU and NICTA: Other:

Professional Activities

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Prospective Students:

If you are contemplating doing your summer scholarship project, honours project, Masters project, or a PhD in Artificial Intelligence, please contact me, before applying via the usual channels.

The projects I am offering are described here.

Competitive PhD scholarships are available either directly via ANU or via NICTA, but in both cases, students will be enrolled at and will receive a degree from the ANU and need to apply via the ANU application system. For information about graduate programs and links to application forms, click here. For more information about PhD scholarships, click here.

The slides of a presentation, focused on NICTA activities, which I gave to prospective honours and PhD students in 2010, can be found here.

Current Students:

I am also Panel Chair for Ahmad Attarha, Ksenija Bestuzheva, Yi Huang, Shamin Kinathil and an Advisor for Mohammad Abdulaziz, Jing Cui, Franc Ivankovic, and Terrence Mak.

Past Students:


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