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| Kevin Tierney

Talk by Meinolf Sellmann on Friday, May 27th, 2016

Talk by Meinolf Sellmann on Friday, May 27th, 2016

14:00 Uhr, Room Q5.245

"Intelligent Decisions"
Meinolf Sellmann, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center


At its best intelligence creates aesthetic and beauty, yet from a utilitarian perspective intelligence primarily serves the purpose of making better decisions. Today's prescriptive decision support systems are most effective when applied to specific recurring operational problems. Recent advances in AI technology have revived the vision of commercially viable cooperative strategic decision support systems. These cognitive systems integrate information retrieval, knowledge representation, interactive modelling, as well as social and self-learning capabilities with logic reasoning and probabilistic decision making under uncertainty. I provide a snapshot of the current technology status by show-casing several projects that ultimately aim at intelligent human-in-the-loop decision making.

Meinolf Sellmann is senior manager for cognitive data curation at IBM Watson Research. He received his doctorate degree from Paderborn University from where he went on to Cornell University as postdoctoral associate and Brown University as assistant professor. Dr. Sellmann has published over 70 articles in international conferences and journals with central contributions in symmetry breaking, global constraints, the integration of mathematical and constraint programming, search, autonomous algorithm configuration, and algorithm portfolios. He serves/d as PC chair of LION 2016 and CPAIOR 2013, conference chair of CP 2007, and associate editor of the Informs Journal on Computing. He received an NSF Early Career Award in 2007, IBM Outstanding Technical Innovation Awards in 2013 and 2014, and an IBM Business Accomplishment in 2015. Based on their meta-algorithmic research, for five years in a row Dr. Sellmann and his team won at international SAT and MaxSAT solver competitions, among others for the overall most efficient parallel SAT Solver in 2013, and thirteen first places at the 2013-2015 MaxSAT Evaluations.


Jun.-Prof. Dr. Kevin Tierney

University of Paderborn: Faculty of Business Administration and Economics Department 3: Business Information Systems

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