Welcome

Welcome to the website of THINC lab housed in the Computer Science department of the University of Georgia. The THINC lab was founded and is directed by Prof. Prashant Doshi since July 2010. It is a leading research laboratory in the department. Research in the lab is conducted in multiple areas including artificial intelligence, semantic Web and services-oriented computing.
Prashant Doshi
Dr. Prashant Doshi

Director, THINC Lab

About Us

THINC lab is located in the Boyd Graduate Studies Research Center in the southern part of the UGA campus. Currently, more than 10 graduate students including doctoral and masters students are conducting research in the lab. Research conducted in the lab has been funded by grants from the Air Force and Army Research Offices, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health and the industry.

Research Spotlight

We present a new framework, OntoNLQA, for querying RDF data annotated using ontologies that allows posing questions in natural language. It introduces a novel approach for discovering the sophisticated semantic associations that may exist between the important entities of a question, in order to build an intuitive query and retrieve precise answers. We apply this framework to the context of parasite immunology data, leading to a system called AskCuebee that allows parasitologists to pose genomic, proteomic and pathway questions in natural language related to the parasite, Trypanosoma cruzi.[Learn more..]

Recent Publications

[2014] ChanMin Kim, Prashant Doshi, Chi N. Thai, Dongho Kim, J. Yuan, and Roger B. Hill, A Portal Designed to Learn about Educational Robotics, Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, member abstract, 2014. [poster]

[2014] Uthayasankar Thayasivam and Prashant Doshi, Speeding Up Iterative Ontology Alignment using Block-Coordinate Descent, Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research (JAIR), Vol. 50:805-845, 2014. [article]

[2014] Ekhlas Sonu and Prashant Doshi, Scalable Solutions of Interactive POMDPs using Generalized and Bounded Policy Iteration, in Journal of AAMAS, 2014. [article]

[2014] Kenneth Bogart and Prashant Doshi, Multi-Robot Inverse Reinforcement Learning under Occlusion with Interactions, in AAMAS 2014. [paper]

[2014] Muthukumaran Chandrasekaran, Prashant Doshi, Yifeng Zeng and Yingke Chen, Team Behavior in Interactive Dynamic Influence Diagrams with Applications to Ad Hoc Teams (Extended Abstract), in AAMAS 2014. [paper]

[2014] Xia Qu and Prashant Doshi, Behavioral Modeling of Sequential Bargaining Games: Fairness and Limited Backward Induction, in ISAIM 2014. [paper]

[2014] Prashant Doshi, Xia Qu and Adam Goodie, Decision-Theoretic Planning in Multiagent Settings with Application to Behavioral Modeling, in Sukthankar, et al. (Eds.), Plan, Activity, and Intent Recognition, Elsevier, 2014, ISBN 978-0-12-398532-3. [chapter]

[2013] Tejas Chaudhary, Uthayasanker Thayasivam and Prashant Doshi, Canonical Forms and Similarity of Complex Concepts for Improved Ontology Alignment, in IEEE/ACM/WIC Web Intelligence (WI) 2013 [paper]

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[7/28/14] Doshi is on the Expert's Panel in the first MIPC workshop at AAAI 2014.

[7/19/14] Doshi and Qiu visited Prof. Makoto Yokoo at Kyushu University and Prof. Michihiro Kandori at Tokyo University in a week long collaborative research visit.

CUNY and Google Visit

[6/19/14] Prof. Doshi gave a hosted talk on using influence diagrams for decision making in multiagent settings at the CUNY graduate center and visited Google NYC.

[6/6/14] Prof. Doshi is a Co-PI on a grant awarded through UGA's inaugural Interdisicplinary Proposal Development Grant Program. Only six teams out of about 50 were funded. Prof. Doshi's project headed by Prof. ChanMin Kim in the College of Education will focu on RoboSTEM: a collection of open educational resources to help elementary school teachers teach STEM subjects through robotics and design-based learning.

[5/15/14] Yingke Chen PhD AAU joins the THINC lab as a postdoctoral research associate and will supervise projects on multiagent systems.

[4/4/14] Prof. Munindar Singh of NC State visits the THINC lab on 04/04 and delivers a keynote talk at CS Research Day.

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