"Seek the wisdom that will untie your knot.
Seek the path that demands your whole being."-Rumi

About me

 I am a PostDoctoral Researcher in the Department of Computer Science, University of Maryland, College Park. My research area is AI planning and acting. I am working with Prof. Dana Nau,  Dr. Mak Roberts, Dr. Malik Ghallab, Paolo Traverso, and Dr. Myong Kang. I defended my PhD in Summer 2020. My PhD advisor was Prof. Dana Nau. Prior to this, I did my undergraduate studies at Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and worked as a Software Engineer at Microsoft.

My Ph.D. thesis topic is 'Acting, planning and learning with hierarchical operational models' [link]. It addresses the challenges faced by hierarchically organized actors (that do continual online planning and acting) in dynamic environments. We have developed integrated algorithms that incorporate all three: acting, planning, and learning using a unified representation of hierarchical operational models.


Here is a link to my résumé.


Selected Publications 

(For full list, see this link)

[7] Ruoxi Li, Sunandita Patra, Dana Nau. Decentralized Refinement Planning and Acting. Accepted for publication at ICAPS-21.

[6] Sunandita Patra, Alex Velazquez, Myong Kang, Dana Nau.  Using Online Planning and Acting to Recover from Cyberattacks on Software-defined Networks. IAAI-21.

[5] Sunandita Patra, James Mason, Malik Ghallab, Paolo Traverso, Dana Nau.  Deliberative Acting, Online Planning and Learning with Hierarchical Operational Models. Accepted in Artificial Intelligence Journal [ArXiv link]

[4] Sunandita Patra, James Mason, Amit Kumar, Malik Ghallab, Dana Nau, Paolo Traverso.  Integrating Acting, Planning, and Learning in Hierarchical Operational Models. ICAPS 2020. Best Student Paper Honorable Mention Award. [link]

[3] Sunandita Patra, Malik Ghallab, Dana Nau, Paolo Traverso. Acting and Planning Using Operational Models. AAAI 2019. [link]

[2] Sunandita Patra, Malik Ghallab, Dana Nau and Paolo Traverso. APE: An Acting and Planning Engine. Journal of Advances in Cognitive Systems, 2018. [link]

[1] Sunandita Patra, Satya Gautam Vadlamudi, and Partha Pratim Chakrabarti. Anytime contract search. SGAI International Conference on Innovative Techniques and Applications of Artificial Intelligence  2013. [link]





Get in Touch


[3] Invited talk at Naval Warfare Center (December 3, 2020) [slides]

[2] Paper presentation at ICAPS 2020 [video]

[1] Summer School at ICAPS 2020 [video]



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