Lukas Kroc

Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853, USA
Cornell SealCornell University, Computer Science
[ Research | Teaching | CV]

I graduated from Cornell in August 2009 (my disseration title is Probabilitic Techniques for Constraint Satisfaction Problems), I spent a year as a post-doc at Los Alamos National Laboratory (in CCS-3 group working with Stephan Eidenbenz on agent simulation models), and as of January 2011 I am a Research Assistant Professor at Claremont Graduate University. I was awarded the 2010 Computing Innovation Fellowship and work with Allon Percus at CGU. My CV is available here.


My research interests lie in the field of Artificial Intelligence. Not because of the aim of recreating human level intelligence (which would be nice of course), but because I want to help develop techniques and systems capable of producing results in a highly complex and uncertain environment that are not necessarily the most optimal, but results that are delivered in a timely fashion and allow the system to be successful in the long run. That is, I think, the purpose of intelligent behavior.

At Cornell, I worked mostly with Bart Selman, my advisor, and Ashish Sabharwal. I also did research at Los Alamos National Laboratory with Misha Chertkov and Stephan Eidenbenz.

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My previous teaching experiences taught me that patience and empathy are the basic building blocks of the incredibly subtle skill and art called `good teaching'. Empathy to understand the needs, strengths and challenges of each individual student, and patience to keep searching for the right teaching approach. And all this must be done in a very dynamic environment, where the ability to listen and adapt quickly to circumstances is essential.