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Nau, Dana

3241 A.V. Williams Building

Research Interests 

Artificial intelligence; computer integrated design and manufacturing; planning; search



 Dana Nau is a Professor at the University of Maryland, in the Department of Computer Science and the Institute for Systems Research. He received a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from Missouri S&T (then University of Missouri-Rolla) in 1974, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Duke University in 1979.

Dr. Nau does research in artificial intelligence, especially in the areas of automated planning and game theory. He has more than 300 refereed technical publications, has chaired ICAPS and several other conferences, and has been on the editorial boards of JAIR, ACM TIST, and several other journals. Some of his accomplishments include—

Dr. Nau is an AAAI Fellow and an ACM Fellow

Honors and Awards 

American Association for Artificial Intelligence, 1996
Association for Computing Machinery, "for contributions to automated search and planning," 2013

Young Faculty awards
NSF PYI, 1984

Other awards
Winner, Baron Barclay World Bridge Computer Challenge, 1997

Related News 

Oct. 4 event features Michele Gelfand, research colleague of Dana Nau
Gelfand will talk with Thomas Friedman about her book on tight and loose cultures. September 7, 2018

Five recipients of ISR Graduate Student Travel Award announced
Eight graduate students have received funding through the award since 2017. August 24, 2018

Dana Nau to be inducted into Duke alumni society
Nau is being recognized for his distinguished career. June 29, 2018

Nau, Gelfand, Goldstein part of MURI developing the potential of mean-field game theory
The AFOSR initiative funds researchers from Maryland, UCLA, the University of Houston, and Princeton. April 20, 2018

William Regli named sixth director of ISR
Regli, an ISR alumnus, will begin his appointment in January 2018. July 7, 2017

Nau and colleagues publish new AI Planning book
Automated Planning and Acting introduces complex computational techniques for planning and performing actions. September 29, 2016

Moving matters: Ethnocentric behavior decreases when societal mobility rises
New study suggests that a society’s level of mobility influences whether its members treat outsiders as individuals December 9, 2015

Alum Amnon Lotem wins EATCS/ACM SIGACT Gödel Prize
Prizewinning paper introduced the “threshold algorithm” used in applications and systems that gather multi-sourced information. May 4, 2014

ICAPS best paper award for Dana Nau, Vikas Shivashankar and colleagues
"Optimal Planning with Global Numerical State Constraints" won the best student paper award. April 15, 2014

Crime and punishment: interdisciplinary researchers explain ‘third party’ evolution
Nau, Gelfand, Roos and Carr use powerful mathematical models to explain social behavior. December 17, 2013

Dana Nau named ACM Fellow
Professor is honored "for contributions to automated search and planning." December 10, 2013

Dana Nau's impact celebrated with birthday symposium
Nau honored for contributions to automated planning, diagnostic inference, adversarial and game theoretic reasoning, and automated manufacturing. May 9, 2012

Alum Kiran Hebbar promoted at Valhalla Partners
Earned M.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1996. April 8, 2011

Alum Amnon Lotem promoted to Chief Technology Officer at Skybox Security
Lotem earned his Ph.D. in 2000; was advised by Dana Nau. October 13, 2010

Work of Erol, Nau, Hendler earns honorable mention for ICAPS Influential Paper Award
The 1994 paper was pioneering work in hierarchical task-network (HTN) planning systems. August 25, 2009

Dana Nau will be keynote speaker at KI-2009
The 33rd Annual Conference on Artificial Intelligence is the annual German conference on AI. August 24, 2009

Alumnus Qiang Yang named IEEE Fellow
Former student of Dana Nau honored for work in intelligent planning, learning and data mining. November 13, 2008

'RFF' wins 2008 International Planning Competition
Former ISR visitor Florent Teichteil-Königsbuch was among the developers. September 13, 2008

Nau invited speaker at ProMas 2008
ISR professor spoke on autonomous agent planning. June 19, 2008

Dana Nau interviewed about Texas Hold'em computer program
Professor helped develop award-winning program that plays contract bridge. July 24, 2007

Automated Kriegspiel Chess Player (ISR IP)
This IP is available to license. June 22, 2007

Nau, Subrahmanian are principal investigators for $3.4 million MURI
"Cognitive Architecture for Reasoning about Adversaries" team also includes ISR's Michael Fu March 14, 2006

Dana Nau one of three authors of Automated Planning
June 2004—Book offers a comprehensive, up-to-date resource on both the theory and practice of automated planning. June 16, 2004

Dana Nau is PI for 'Pushing the Boundaries of AI Planning'
June 2004—Research in the $140,000 NSF will develop planner-generalization techniques. June 2, 2004

DARPA awards Nau contract for AcT program
Research will develop an easy-to-use planning tool for Special Operations Forces March 23, 2000