Keith S. Decker


Research Interests

Distributed problem solving , multi-agent systems, real-time problem solving , computational organization design,  parallel and distributed planning and scheduling, distributed information gathering and retrieval, bioinformatics.


University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts. September 1987 -- May 1995.
Doctor of Philosophy: Computer Science.
PhD Thesis: Environment Centered Analysis & Design of Coordination Mechanisms
Advisor: Dr. Victor R. Lesser
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York. September 1984 -- June 1987.
Master of Science: Computer Science
Master's Thesis: DESCANT: A distributed expert system control architecture for non-independant tasks
Advisor: Dr. Piero P. Bonissone
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA. September 1980 -- June 1984.
Bachelor of Science: Applied Math / Computer Science


Associate Professor, Department of Computer and Information Sciences, University of Delaware. June 2002 --- present.
Consultant, NewVectors, LLC. [ONR STIFLE] December 2006 — March 2009.
Consultant, Active Computing, Inc. [DARPA Coordinators] September 2006 — September 2008.
Consultant, CACI Dynamic Systems, Inc. [DARPA Coordinators] January 2005 — August 2006.
Research Fellow, Intelligent Agents and Multimedia, Department of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton, UK. September 2002 — June 2003.
Co-Director, Delaware Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network Bioinformatics Core. September 2001 --- August 2004.
Research Scientist, Quantum Leap Innovations, August 1999 --- present.
Assistant Professor, Department of Computer and Information Sciences, University of Delaware. September 1996 --- June 2002.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The Robotics Institute, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University. August 1995 --- August 1996.
Senior Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Computer Science, University of Massachusetts. March 1995 --- August 1995.
Research Assistant, Department of Computer Science, University of Massachusetts. September 1987 --- March 1995.
Computer Scientist, General Electric Corporate Research and Development, Schenectady, New York. June 1984 --- September 1987.
Computer Programmer, Carnegie-Mellon University Computer Science Department, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. October 1982 -- May 1984.
Computer Science Co-op, IBM Communication Products Division, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. May 1983 --- August 1983.
Computer Science Co-op, Harris Computer Systems Division, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. May 1982 --- August 1982.


DARPA Information Processing Technology Office. Special Recognition award “For foundational research in generalized coordination technologies. Your superior research efforts and vision fostered the development of a new paradigm which enables loosely coupled distributed autonomous systems to work effectively together. This paradigm is an important technical discriminator for the Department of Defense and for the United States.” May 2006.


US 7,512,558 B1 Automated Method and System for Facilitating Market Transactions. J Elad, A. Johnson, R. Aulews, D. Chester, D. Cleaver, K. Decker, D. Paules, T. Pelaia. Mar 2009.
US 7,092,928 B1 Intelligent Portal Engine. J Elad, A. Johnson, D. Cleaver, D. Chester, K. Decker, T. Roper, I. Phillips. Aug 2006.

 Highly Refereed Conference Papers

Book Chapters

Journal Articles

Invited Talks & Articles

Selected Reports and Presentations

Professional Activities

Editorial board, Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems, Kluwer Academic Publishers.
Editorial board, The Knowledge Engineering Review, Cambridge University Press.
Editorial board, International Journal of Agent-Oriented Software Engineering, Inderscience Publishers.
Program Co-Chair, 8th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (AAMAS-09). [651 submissions, 132 full papers accepted]
Treasurer, 7th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (AAMAS- 08).
Workshop Program co-Chair, AAAI, Boston, 2006.
Workshop Programme Chair, First International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems, Bologna, 2002
Co-editor, IEEE Internet Computing, Special Issue "Agents on the Net", March/April 2000.
Workshop Programme Chair, International Conference on Autonomous Agents, Barcelona, 2000
Publicity Chair, Second International Conference on Autonomous Agents, Minneapolis, 1998
Co-chair, Workshop on Bioinformatics and Multi-Agent Systems, AAMAS-02, Bologna 2002.
Senior Program Committee, Intl. Joint Conf. on Autonomous Agents & Multi-Agent Systems [AAMAS] 2005, 2006
Organizing Committee, ECAI Workshop on Coordination in Emergent Agent Societies, 2004, 2006.
Organizing Committee, AAAI Spring Symposium on Semantic Web Services, 2003.
Organizing Committee, AAMAS-03 Workshop on Representations and Approaches for Time-Critical Decentralized Resource Allocation
Organizing Committee, AAMAS-02 Workshop Toward an Application Science: MAS Problem Spaces and their Implications to Achieving Globally Coherent Behavior
Organizing Committee, Agents-2000 Wksp on Infrastructure for Scalable Multi-Agent Systems
Organizing Committee, ECAI-2000 Wksp on Modeling Artificial Societies & Hybrid Organizations, 2000
Organizing Committee, AAAI Fall Symposium on Distributed Continual Planning, 1998
Program Committee, IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedicine [BIBM], 2009, 2010
Program Committee, AAAI 96, 97, 2006, 2008
Program Committee, Intl. Joint Conf. on Autonomous Agents & Multi-Agent Systems [AAMAS] 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2010
Program Committee, Agent Oriented Software Engineering 2006, 2007. Program Committee, Engineering Societies in the Agents World 2002, 2003, 2007.
Program Committee, First International Conference on Coordination and Control in Massively Multi-Agent Systems 2007
Program Committee, Fall AAAI Symposium Regarding the Intelligence in Distributed Intelligent Systems, 2007
Program Committee, ESAW Workshop (Engineering Societies in the Agents’ World) 2007 Program Committee, Intl. Semantic Web Conference [ISWC] 2005.
Program Committee, Intl. Workshop on Coordinating Agents’ Plans and Schedules (CAPS) 2007.
Program Committee, 17th SBIA (Brazilian Symposium on Artificial Intelligence) 2004
Program Committee, International Conference on Multi-Agent Systems[ICMAS], 96, 98, 00
Program Committee, Intl. Workshop on Agent Theories, Architectures, and Languages [ATAL], 97–01
Program Committee, International Workshop on Cooperative Information Agents [CIA], 98, 01 Program Committee, Australian DAI Workshop 95, 96, 97 Program Committee, AI Planning Systems (AIPS) 00 Program Committee, Multi-Agent Based Simulation (MABS) 2000
Program Committee, First ECAI Workshop on New Trends in Real-Time Artificial Intelligence (NTeRTAIn) 2006.
Program Committee, Workshop on Agents in Computer Games, 3rd International Conference on Computers and Games (CG’02).
Reviewer, IJCAI 95, 97, 99, 2003, 2005
Reviewer, ECAI 2000, 2010
Reviewer, Artificial Intelligence
Reviewer, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics
Reviewer, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering
Reviewer, IEEE Expert Reviewer, National Science Foundation
Reviewer, Annals of Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence
Reviewer, International Journal of Intelligent Systems
Reviewer, International Journal of Intelligent & Cooperative Information Systems
Reviewer, Computational and Mathematical Organization Theory
Reviewer, International Journal of Intelligent Systems in Accounting, Finance, and Management Reviewer, Journal of Management Information Systems
Reviewer, The Computer Journal Reviewer, ACM/Baltzer Journal on Special Topics in Mobile Networking and Applications (MONET)
Reviewer, In Silico Biology
Reviewer, ASME Design for Manufacturing Conference 98
Reviewer, AAAI Doctoral Consortium 99
Reviewer, AAAI Workshops 2000
Co-chair, Fifth AAAI Workshop on Blackboard Systems, Anahiem, CA 1991

Last Update: 1/18/10