Foundations of Artificial Intelligence (FAI) Group
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Prof. Dr. Jörg Hoffmann

Saarland University
Saarland Informatics Campus
Foundations of Artificial Intelligence Group
Building E1 1
66123 Saarbrücken, Germany

E-Mail:(last name) (at) cs (dot) uni-saarland (dot) de
Telephone: +49 (0) 681 302 71471 Fax: +49 (0) 681 302 57554
Location: Room 3.18; Consultation hour (Sprechstunde): Wednesdays, 9:30 -- 10:30.

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Google Scholar profile:


Own publications page (with PDF downloads):

Research Interests. I'm interested in a range of topics relating to problem solving, more specifically to the modeling and solution of combinatorial search problems. My main field of expertise is Automatic Planning, a sub-area of AI concerned with decision making problems (my planning lecture describes this in a little more detail). I am also conducting research in various related areas, including SAT/CP, model checking, semantic web services, business process management, markov decision processes, natural language sentence generation, and simulated network security penetration testing.

For a detailed summary of my current research lines, please see the FAI group's Research page.

Short CV. I received a diploma in computer science from the University of Freiburg in March 1999, and completed my PhD at the same University in July 2002, with a thesis that won the ECCAI Dissertation award 2002. I stayed on as a Postdoc until August 2004. From September 2004 until April 2006, I worked at Max Planck Institute for Computer Science Saarbruecken. In summer 2006 I was a Visiting Scientist at Cornell University, after which I worked at the University of Innsbruck where I obtained my Habilitation in CS. I joined SAP Research Karlsruhe in April 2008, and I joined INRIA Nancy as a Directeur de Recherche in October 2009. I became a Professor at Saarland University in April 2012, where I'm heading the Foundations of Artificial Intelligence Group.



Please see the FAI Teaching page.

Attention lecturers! The lecture slide sources for the AI and Planning courses are available on request. Just email me.


A central activity in my research area is the development of systems, whose empirical performance serves to evaluate the underlying ideas. Here 's a list of systems I've been involved in:

For more detailed information and source code downloads, please see the FAI group's Software page.

Scientific Organization.

Invited talks. Reviewing.

Co-authors (journal and conference papers).

  1. Corin Anderson
  2. Mihai Andrei
  3. Anupriya Ankolekar
  4. Carlos Areces
  5. Grigori Babitski
  6. Alistair Barros
  7. Michael Backes
  8. Gerd Behrmann
  9. Fabian Bendun
  10. Arne Berre
  11. Blai Bonet
  12. Matthias Born
  13. Olivier Buffet
  14. Facundo Bustos
  15. Simon Bergweiler
  16. Piergiorgio Bertoli
  17. Ronen Brafman
  18. Michael Brenner
  19. Dunbo Cai
  20. Luis Costa
  21. Jeanette Daum
  22. Vera Demberg
  23. Henning Dierks
  24. Yannis Dimopoulos
  25. Martin Dominguez
  26. Carmel Domshlak
  27. Klaus Draeger
  28. Patrick Dubbert
  29. Philippe Duchesne
  30. Stefan Edelkamp
  31. Roman Englert
  32. Nazim Fates
  33. Chris Fawcett
  34. Dieter Fensel
  35. Alan Fern
  36. Maximilian Fickert
  37. Bernd Finkbeiner
  38. Daniel Fitzner
  39. Maria Fox
  40. Hector Geffner
  41. Alfonso Gerevini
  42. Daniel Gnad
  43. Carla Gomes
  44. Guido Governatori
  45. Miha Grzar
  46. Patrik Haslum
  47. Malte Helmert
  48. Martin Hepp
  49. Holger Hermanns
  50. Stijn Heymans
  51. Holger Hoos
  52. David Howcroft
  53. Frank Hutter
  54. Matthäus Jany
  55. Tomasz Kaczmarek
  56. Michael Katz
  57. Henry Kautz
  58. Emil Keyder
  59. Peter Kissmann
  60. Dietrich Klakow
  61. Michaela Klauck
  62. Eva Klien
  63. Jana Koehler
  64. Alexander Koller
  65. Marek Kowalkiewicz
  66. Frank Michael Kraft
  67. Michal Krajnansky
  68. Robert Kuennemann
  69. Sebastian Kupferschmid
  70. Joel Langlois
  71. Kim G. Larsen
  72. Freddy Lecue
  73. Kevin Leyton-Brown
  74. Andreas Limyr
  75. Frederico Liporace
  76. Alberto Lluch Lafuente
  77. Derek Long
  78. Annapaola Marconi
  79. Ivan Markovic
  80. Ninja Marnau
  81. Patrick Maue
  82. Norman May
  83. Jan Mendling
  84. Martin Mueller
  85. Hootan Nakhost
  86. Bernhard Nebel
  87. Raz Nissim
  88. Joerg Nitzsche
  89. Hector Palacios
  90. Giancarlo Pellegrino
  91. Joshua Phillips
  92. Marco Pistore
  93. Andreas Podelski
  94. Valerie Poser
  95. Julie Porteous
  96. Thorsten Rauber
  97. Jussi Rintanen
  98. Frank Rittinger
  99. Andrey Rybalchenko
  100. Ashish Sabharwal
  101. Carlos Sarraute
  102. Daniel Schoen
  103. James Scicluna
  104. Laura Sebastia
  105. Bart Selman
  106. Ivan Serina
  107. Alexander Shleyfman
  108. Milivoj Simeonovski
  109. Adina Sirbu
  110. Jan-Georg Smaus
  111. Patrick Speicher
  112. Christoph Stasch
  113. Michael Stollberg
  114. Sven Schade
  115. Maximilian Schwenger
  116. Guy Shani
  117. Dorin Shmaryahu
  118. David Smith
  119. Marcel Steinmetz
  120. Nathalie Steinmetz
  121. Francois Tertre
  122. Sylvie Thiebaux
  123. Alvaro Torralba
  124. Sebastian Trueg
  125. Mauro Vallati
  126. Laurentiu Vasiliu
  127. Alexander Walkowski
  128. Ingo Weber
  129. Martin Wehrle
  130. Daniel Weld
  131. Raluca Zaharia
  132. Nicolas Zastavni
  133. Xuan Zhou

Uh yes, I also have hobbies. Here's the glorious web page of my (ex-)band The Inglorious Mustard Boys ...