About me

I am a Research Scientist at J. P. Morgan AI Research. My areas of interest include neuro-symbolic AI, integration of planning and acting, scheduling with uncertainty, and applications of AI in finance.

I have worked as a PostDoctoral Researcher in the Department of Computer Science, University of Maryland, College Park. 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 was '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.

Collaborators:  Prof. Dana Nau,  Dr. Mak Roberts, Dr. Malik Ghallab, Paolo TraversoDr. Myong Kang.


Selected Publications 
(For full list, please see this link)

[8] Sunandita Patra, Mark Cavolowsky, Onur Kulaksizoglu, Ruoxi Li, Laura Hiatt, Mark Roberts, Dana Nau. A Hierarchical Goal-Biased Curriculum for Training Reinforcement Learning. FLAIRS. 2022. [paper]

[7] Sunandita Patra, James Mason, Malik Ghallab, Paolo Traverso, Dana Nau.  Deliberative Acting, Online Planning and Learning with Hierarchical Operational Models. Artificial Intelligence (AIJ). 2021. [paper]

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

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

[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. [paper][poster]


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

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

[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. [paper]




[May 2021] Invited talk at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA JPL) [slides]

[Feb 2021] Paper presentation at IAAI 2020 [slides]

[Dec 2020] Invited talk at Naval Warfare Center [slides]

[Oct 2020] Paper presentation at ICAPS 2020 [video]

[Oct 2020] Summer School at ICAPS 2020 [video]



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