Alan Fern

Alan Fern

Alan Fern

Collaborative Robotics and Intelligent Systems Institute
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

GRAF 326
Corvallis, OR 97331
United States

Ph.D., Computer Engineering, Purdue University, 2004
M.S., Computer Engineering, Purdue University, 2000
B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Maine, 1997
Research Expertise

Reinforcement learning, planning, humanoid robotics, agricultural ai


Alan Fern is a professor of computer science and Executive Director of A.I. Research for the College of Engineering at Oregon State University. He received his Ph.D. (2004) in computer engineering from Purdue University, and his B.S. (1997) in electrical engineering from the University of Maine. His research interests span a variety of topics in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics with a particular emphasis on building systems that can learn from experience. He co-directs the Dynamic Robotics Laboratory with Jonathan Hurst at Oregon State and is PI for a number of government funded projects including DARPA programs on Explainable Artificial Intelligence and Machine Common Sense. Most recently he is serving as the OSU lead PI for a new $20M AI Institute on Agricultural AI in collaboration with Washington State University.

2017 College of Engineering Research Collaboration Award
2013 AAAI Outstanding Paper Award
2011 OSU Promising Scholar Award
2011 OSU College of Engineering Research Collaboration Award
2011 IJCAI-JAIR Award for Best Paper in Previous Five Years, Runner-up
2011 Promising Scholar Award
2010 ICAPS Best Paper Runner-Up
2009 ICAPS Best Student Paper Awards
2008 OSU College of Engineering Engelbrecht Young Faculty Award
2006 NSF CAREER Award

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