Sarit Kraus (Ph.D. Computer Science, Hebrew University,
1989) is a Professor of Computer Science at Bar-Ilan
University. Her research is focused on intelligent agents
and multi-agent systems (including people and robots).
Kraus was awarded the IJCAI Computers and Thought Award and the IJCAI Research Excellence Award,
ACM SIGART Agents Research award, ACM Athena Lecturer, the EMET prize and was
twice the winner of the IFAAMAS influential paper award.
She is AAAI, ECCAI and ACM fellow and a recipient of the
advanced ERC grant. She is a member of The Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities.
My main research interest in Artificial Intelligence and
in particular Multi-agent systems. I focus on
understanding how we can best create intelligent agents
that can interact proficiently with people. We study both
cooperative and conflicting scenarios. I consider modeling
human behavior and predicting their decisions to be
necessary for facing these challenges, as well as the
development of formal models for the agent’s
decision-making. Thus, my research studies build on
methods and algorithms from Machine Learning, Decision
Theory and Game Theory, non-classical logic, optimization
under uncertainty and psychology.
My application domains have included physical security,
intelligent cars, human training, recommendation systems,
automated negotiations and mediation, virtual humans and
||Dept. of Computer Science
Bar-Ilan University Ramat Gan, 52900
||Building 109 Room 041 (next to Communication)
Photographed by: Avishag Sher-Yeshuv
The winner of the 2023 Award for Research Excellence is Sarit Kraus,
Professor of Computer Science, Bar-Ilan University, Israel. Professor Kraus is recognized
for her pioneering work of the study of interactions among self-interested agents,
creating the field of automated negotiation, and developing methods for
coalition formation and teamwork, both as formal models and real-world implementations.
[ IJCAI AWARDs ]
The huge recent interest in Diplomacy evoked in me excited memories of Diplomat, the automated
Diplomacy player that I developed in my PhD. Interestingly, Diplomat demonstrated many of the capabilities that Meta's Cicero
has (like breaking agreements when needed, expressing intents, estimating other players' behaviour). It played three games with humans and won
all of them. People negotiating with Diplomat weren't able to identify that they played with a computer system.
We ran it on a Vax machine and our team included 3 people.
[ pdf version. Diplomat's paper. ]
"Intelligent Agent Supporting Human-Multi-Robot Team
Collaboration" by Ariel Rosenfeld, Oleg Maksimov, Noa
Agmon and Sarit Kraus has been awarded the BEST
ROBOTICS VIDEO prize at the IJCAI 2015 video
- A new book:
S. Fatima S. Kraus and M. Wooldridge. Principles of
Automated Negotiation, Cambridge University Press,
- "Onn Shehory and Sarit Kraus. Methods for task
allocation via agent coalition formation. Artificial
vol. 101(1-2): 165-200, 1998"
is the winner of 2014 IFAAMAS influential paper award.