The MAVERICK Research Group

Overview

The MAVERICK research group conducts research at the absolute front of artificial intelligence and robotics. Broadly speaking, we are interested in how to build artificial social minds. This translates into specific interests and research projects combining AI planning, execution, and machine learning in areas such as multi-robot coordination and teamwork, robot swarms (including molecular robots (nanobot)), plan recognition, behavior recognition, and goal recognition. Sometimes, the research takes us further than anticipted, e.g., our work on the Rivendell meta-search engine for research papers, or modeling human social cognition.

We are interested in both mechanisms (algorithms that do one thing well), as well as in architectures (systems that integrate mechanisms, to do many things well).

How to Join MAVERICK?

We are always looking for great students (including undergraduates) and post-docs, and welcome visiting faculty from outside Israel. If you are interested in joinging our group, please set a meeting with Prof. Kaminka and send mail describing your interests (if you don’t hear back within two days, re-send and make him feel guilty 😄).

New student? doing research is time-consuming and takes consistent serious effort; it’s worth it because you’ll be answering questions whose answers are not known. To anyone. If this is what you are after, we want to talk.

Post-doc? Visitor? If you are a researcher looking to visit us for a short duration or even a year (e.g., on sabbatical), by all means feel free to contact directly in mail. We have a history of visiting scholars from the USA and Europe, and will be happy to host you.

Current Members

  • Dr. Chana Weitman is the best lab manager in the world
  • Mika Barkan (MSc) is working on predictive plan-execution monitoring for BDI agents.
  • Alon Zanbar (MSc) is working on software engineering in robotics.
  • Eden Hartman (MSc) is working on reinforcement-learning in rational swarms.
  • Elad Naor (MSc) is working on adversarial foraging (with Noa Agmon).
  • Nadav Yakar (MSc) is working on mirroring, tying plan recognition and goal recognition.
  • Teddy Lazebnik (PhD) is working on infrastructure for programming molecular robots (The Tolkien Project), including among other things the rivendell science search engine. Co-advised by Chana Weitman.