Christian Muise (MSc 2009, PhD 2014) was recently honoured at the 2015 International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS) with the ICAPS Best Dissertation Award 2015, for his doctoral dissertation "Exploiting Relevance to Improve Robustness and Flexibility in Plan Generation and Execution".
The citation noted that the main contributions of the dissertation represented "significant improvements to the state of the art. In addition to being loaded with technical contributions, the thesis was a most pleasurable reading experience, with a writing style that is simultaneously rigorous and easy to follow. There is strong evidence that this work will have significant and broad impact on the planning research community",
ICAPS is the premier international organization for artificial intelligence (AI) automated planning and scheduling, providing oversight to the annual conference by the same name. Christian’s PhD was co-supervised by Professor Sheila McIlraith and Professor Chris Beck (MIE).