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Alan S. Carlin

Alan S. Carlin

Senior Research Engineer
Lead, Advanced Learning Management

Alan’s interests focus on problems of multi-agent planning and artificial intelligence. These include problems of decision making under uncertainty, communication between members of a team, meta-reasoning among team members, and multi-agent anytime algorithms. His publications include works on Decentralized Partially Observable Markov Decision Processes (Dec-POMDP); knowledge representation in classical plans; and communication under uncertainty. He has also designed, built, wrote, and tested hardware and software systems for infrared (IR) and radio frequency (RF) sensors, for use in flight tests.

Alan received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts, an M.S. in Computer Science from Tufts University, and a dual B.A. in Computer Science and Psychology from Cornell University. As part of his M.S., he also completed the MIT Lincoln Scholar’s Program, sponsored by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Alexander, A., Saffell, T. N., Alaverdi, O., Carlin, A. S., Chang, A., Durkee, K., Galster, S. M., Geiselmen, E., Latorella, K., Wickens, C. D., & Schurr, N. (in press). ALARMS: Alerting and reasoning management system. NASA.

Carlin, A. and Dean, C.  (2015). Automated Extraction of POMDP training model from data. Poster to be presented at FLAIRS conference, Special Track on Intelligent Learning Technologies

Bruni, S., Chang, A., Carlin, A., Swanson, L., & Pratt, S. (2012). Designing an adaptive flight deck display for trajectory-based operations in NextGen. Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE), San Francisco, California.

Saffell, T. N., Alexander, A. L, Carlin, A., Chang, A. C., & Schurr, N. (2011). An integrated alerting and notification system utilizing stages of automation and uncertainty Visualization. Proceedings of the International Symposium of Aviation Psychology, Dayton, OH: Wright State University.

Schurr, N., Saffell, T. N., Carlin, A., Chang, A., & Alexander, A. (2011). ALerting and Reasoning Management System (ALARMS). Poster presented at the NASA Aviation Technical Information Meeting, St. Louis, MO: NASA.

Carlin, A., Alexander, A. L., & Schurr, N. (2010). Modeling pilot state in next generation aircraft alert systems. Presented at the MODSIM World 2010 Conference & Expo.

Carlin, A., Ayers, J., Rousseau, J., & Schurr, N. (2010). Agent-based coordination of human-multirobot teams in complex environments. Proceedings of Nineth International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, Toronto, Canada.

Carlin, A., Schurr, N., and Marecki, J. (2010).  ALARMS:  Alerting and Reasoning Management System for Next Generation Aircraft Hazards.  Proceedings of the 26th Conference on Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence (UAI 2010).  P. Grünwald and P. Spirtes (Editors).  AUAI Press.

Grande, D. E., Freeman, J., Carlin, A., Weil, W., Sorber, T.,& Black, T. (2010). Modeling the structure and adaptation of dynamic organizations. Poster presented at the INFORMS Annual Meeting, 7-10 November, 2010, Austin, TX.

Becker, R., Carlin, A., Lesser, V., & Zilberstein, S. (2009). Analyzing myopic approaches for multi-agent communication. Computational Intelligence, 25.

Freeman, J., Stacy, W., MacMillan, J., Carlin, A., & Levchuk, G. (2009). Capturing and building adaptive expertise in virtual worlds. Proceedings of Human Computer Interaction International 2009. San Diego, CA, 19-24 July 2009.

Amato, C., Carlin, A., & Zilberstein, S. (2007). Bounded dynamic programming for decentralized POMDPs. Proceedings of the Workshop on Multi-Agent Sequential Decision Making in Uncertain Domains. Held in conjunction with the Fifth International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems, Honolulu, Hawai’i.

Carlin, A., Schmolze, J. G., & Babaian, T. (2005). Graphplan based conformant planning with limited quantification. Research on Computing Science, 16, 65-75.

Carlin, A., & Zilberstein, S. (2008) POMDP and DEC-POMDP point-based observation aggregation. AAAI Workshop on Advancements in POMDP Solvers, Chicago, Illinois.

Carlin, A., & Zilberstein, S. (2009). Myopic and non-myopic communication under partial observability. 2009 IEEE Conference on Intelligent Agent Technology, Milan, Italy.

Carlin, A., & Zilberstein, S. (2008). Observation compression in DEC-POMDP policy trees. Proceedings of the Workshop on Multi-Agent Sequential Decision Making in Uncertain Domains (MSDM). Held in conjunction with the Fifth International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems, Estoril, Portugal. Winner: Best Paper Award MSDM 2008 Workshop.

Carlin, A., & Zilberstein , S. (2008). Value-based observation compression for DEC-POMDPs. Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Autonomous Systems and Multiagent Systems, Estoril, Portugal.

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