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

Saarland University
Foundations of Artificial Intelligence Group
Campus E1 1
66123 Saarbruecken, Germany

Consultation hour (Sprechstunde) Tuesdays, 14:00--15:00.
Location: Room 3.18

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Research Interests. I'm interested in a range of topics involving issues such as hard search problems, practical problem distributions, data structures and efficient implementation, modeling, and validation. 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 have furthermore been doing research in various related areas, including SAT/CP, model checking, semantic web services, business process management, markov decision processes, and simulated network security penetration testing.

Short CV. I received a diploma in computer science from University 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 2016 I was a Visiting Scientist at Cornell University, after which I worked at the University of Innsbruck until April 2008 (submitting/obtaining my Habilitation in March 2008/April 2009). I subsequently worked at SAP Research Karlsruhe, and 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.



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:


Attention lecturers! All lecture slide sources are available on request. Just email me.


Selected Activities.


Ah yes, I also have hobbies. Here's the glorious web page of my band The Inglorious Mustard Boys ...