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Tambe tapped as fellow by computing association

by Mega Hazle

Milind Tambe, professor of computer science and industrial and systems engineering at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, has been selected as a fellow by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) for his contributions to theory and practice of multiagent systems, teamwork and security games.

Tambe was previously awarded the ACM Autonomous Agents Research Award in 2005.

“We recognize these scientists and engineers, creators and builders, theorists and practitioners who are making a difference in our lives,” said ACM President Vinton Cerf.

“They’re enabling us to listen, learn, calculate and communicate in ways that underscore the benefits of the digital age,” he added. “Their advances have led to opportunities for improved health care, enhanced security, expanded interactions and enriched lifestyles.”

This year, ACM recognized 50 of its members as fellows for their contributions to computing that are driving innovations across multiple domains and disciplines. The organization’s most prestigious member grade recognizes the top 1 percent of members for their outstanding accomplishments in computing and information technology and/or outstanding service to ACM and the larger computing community.

Candidates for fellowships must have five years of continuous professional membership.

“At USC Viterbi Computer Science, we are very proud of Milind for his work in the broad area of autonomous agents,” said Gaurav Sukhatme, professor and chair of computer science at USC Viterbi. “His insights into agent design have led to systems with impact on diverse fields.”

Milind Tambe

Milind Tambe is one of 50 ACM members selected for his contributions to computing.

Tambe is director of USC Viterbi’s Teamcore Research Group on Agents and Multiagent Systems, which focuses on research that aims to solve real-world problems of security, sustainability and safety.

He is also a researcher at the USC National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events, where his team developed a security games framework and algorithms based on game theory to optimize the use of limited security resources.

“I thank the ACM for this wonderful honor,” Tambe said. “I am, as always, very grateful to my research team for their terrific teamwork.”

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