Wheeler Ruml

Picture of Wheeler Ruml and a robot, taken October 2012 Greetings!

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of New Hampshire. Before joining UNH in 2007, I managed the Embedded Reasoning Area and was a member of the research staff at the Palo Alto Research Center (formerly Xerox PARC). I received my PhD from Harvard University in 2002. A full CV is here. A picture of me when not under attack by a robot is here.


Research Interests

My main research is in artificial intelligence, although I also have interests in robotics, operations research, information visualization, and cognitive science. Very broadly, my goal is to understand how to build autonomous systems - for example, how a robot should decide what to do next. I'm also interested in decision support systems and in natural examples of cognition, such as humans. My current focus is on methods for heuristic search and planning, especially in robotics. In particular, I am interested in solving problems quickly (rational time-bounded decision-making) and in how on-line learning can inform optimization algorithms. I also enjoy experimental algorithmics.

Almost all of my papers are available on-line, along with overview talks. Please help yourself!

I'm always happy to collaborate with people inside and outside of UNH on topics involving my research interests. Just send me email to set up a time to talk. If you are at UNH, you might want to check out the UNH AI Group wiki and join the group.

If you are considering applying to UNH for graduate school or an internship, please consult my information for prospective students.


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The Twenty-fourth International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS-14) will be held in Portsmouth, NH!

Ethan Burns and Jordan Thayer have written a nice scriptable plotting program. I think it's much better than gnuplot!

Jordan has some nice visualizations of heuristic search, suitable for classroom use.

The International Symposium on Combinatorial Search (SoCS) provides a forum for research on combinatorial search and heuristic optimization. While AI is heavily represented, work from robotics, CP, OR, and algorithms is very welcome.

The Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research serves the public interest by disseminating rigorously peer-reviewed science freely to all. To learn more about open access, here is one place to start.


Current Teaching

Spring 2015: CS 730/730W/830 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

Fall 2014: CS 758/858 Algorithms
CS 980 Planning for Robots

Spring 2014: (sabbatical leave)

Fall 2013: (sabbatical leave)

Spring 2013: CS 730/730W/830 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
CS 980 Robot Algorithms

Fall 2012: CS 758/858 Algorithms

If you're looking for an informal way to learn about AI, feel free to drop in at the UNH AI Group meetings.


Contact Information

Email is definitely the best way to reach me: myfourletterlastname at cs.unh.edu

Phone: +1-603-862-2683 (Note that I don't check voicemail as often as email)
Fax: +1-603-862-3493 (shared, so please use a cover page and let me know that you sent something)

Skype or Google+ Hangouts are also an option, but please confirm with me first as I'm not always signed in.

Postal mail, express mail, couriers:
UNH Computer Science
Kingsbury Hall
33 Academic Way
Durham, NH 03824-2619 USA

UNH CS on Google Maps.

If you're on campus, my office is Kingsbury N215D. My official office hours for Fall 2014 have not been set yet, but feel free to email me to set up a meeting time.

If you're not on campus but wish you were, the UNH Alumni Association operates a controllable webcam. UNH facilities runs another webcam (usually pointed at their most recent construction project) and here's a third over in the Space Science Center. There are several in nearby Portsmouth.


Personal

My last name is pronounced `RUM-uhl' (rhymes with `pummel').

Here is a list of things I would recommend.

Some photographs I've taken are posted here.

I used to have a personal web page, but it's basically defunct now.

If you're looking for a harpsichord or early piano, you might contact my father-in-law, David Sutherland.

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