Milind Tambe is Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science and Director of Center for Research in Computation and Society at Harvard University; concurrently, he is also Principal Scientist and Director “AI for Social Good” at Google Research. He is recipient of the IJCAI (International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence) John McCarthy Award, AAAI (Association for Advancement of Artificial Intelligence) Feigenbaum Prize, AAAI Robert S. Engelmore Memorial Lecture Award, AAMAS ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) Autonomous Agents Research Award, INFORMS ( Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences) Wagner prize for excellence in Operations Research practice and Rist Prize from MORS (Military Operations Research Society). He is a fellow of AAAI and ACM. For his work on AI and public safety, he has received Columbus Fellowship Foundation Homeland security award and commendations and certificates of appreciation from the US Coast Guard, the Federal Air Marshals Service and airport police at the city of Los Angeles.
Prof. Tambe’s other prior awards include the Okawa foundation award, RoboCup Scientific challenge award and the IBM faculty award. Additionally, Prof. Tambe’s papers have received either best paper or best paper finalist recognition 30 times at conferences such as AAAI, AAMAS, IJCAI, and others; this includes his 1997 paper “Towards flexible teamwork” in the Journal of AI Research that won the AAMAS influential paper award (an award given out 10 years after publication of a paper).
Prior to Harvard, Prof. Tambe was the Helen N and Emmett H Jones Professor in Engineering at the University of Southern California (USC), where he co-founded the Center for AI in Society (CAIS), one of the first centers in the country focused on AI for social impact. At USC, he was awarded the USC associates award for creativity in research, “the highest honors the university faculty can bestow on its members for distinguished intellectual and artistic achievements”, and the inaugural USC Viterbi School of Engineering Use-inspired research award.
Prof. Tambe completed his PhD from the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to that, he completed his undergraduate education at BITS, Pilani, India, where he was awarded Distinguished Alumnus Award.