Pascal Bercher

Senior Lecturer

Biography#

If you want to learn more about me, my personal website presents my entire academic CV.

  • Jan. 2022-today: (tenure-track) Senior Lecturer (US/Europe-equivalent: Associate Professor) at the ANU.
  • Nov. 2019-Dec. 2021: (tenure-track) Lecturer (US/Europe-equivalent: Assistant Professor) at the ANU.
  • Oct. 2016-Oct. 2019: Project coordinator (over the entire runtime) of the technology transfer project “Do it yourself, but not alone: Companion-Technology for Home Improvement”, which was a collaboration between two Institutes of Ulm University and the Corporate Research Sector of Robert Bosch GmbH.
  • July 2009-Dec. 2017: Dr. rer. nat. at the Institute of Artificial Intelligence of Ulm University, Germany. My supervisor was Prof. Dr. Susanne Biundo-Stephan.
  • Oct. 2003-June 2009: Studies of Computer Science (Diploma, which is roughly Bachelor + Master in one degree) at the University of Freiburg, Germany.

Research#

My research area is Artificial Intelligence (AI) Planning, also often referred to as Automated Planning. More specifically, I’m an expert for the following planning areas:

  • Hierarchical Task Network (HTN) planning and
  • Partial Order Causal Link (POCL) planning.

The first is a hierarchical approach to planning that bases upon problem decomposition refining an abstract problem until it’s “primitive” and thus solved. (I also created a website for this discipline.) The second is concerned with reasoning about partially ordered sets of actions.

Technology-wise, I’m interested in:

  • Computational Complexity Analysis
  • Algorithm and Heuristic Design
  • Providing Modeling Assistance

Teaching, Project, and PhD Supervision#

This is just an excerpt of my teaching activities. For a complete list, visit my personal webpage (teaching).

  • I’m the regular convenor of Logic (COMP2620/6262 and PHIL2080) since 2021.
  • In S2 2022, I’ll also convene Foundations of Computing (COMP1600/6260). Tutor applications for this course are now open! Please apply!.
  • I supervise several research projects each semester. You find a list of topics and several further information on my personal webpage (projects).
  • If you are looking for a PhD, please check out my personal webpage (prospective PhD students).

Service Roles#

I take multiple service roles at the ANU:

  • I’m a first Aider and mental first aider
  • I’m a member of CECS’s Work, Health, and Safety (WHS) committee
  • I’m an incident investigator
  • I’m a member of the SoCo PhD scholarship committee

For a more detailed list, visit my personal webpage (service).

Publications#

I publish quite a bit, please find all my publications (with bibtex and PDFs) on my personal webpage (publications).

You can also find me on google scholar and DBLP.

Honours & Awards#

I list the most important/prestigious ones below. For a complete list visit my personal webpage (awards).

  • ICAPS Outstanding Senior Program Committee (SPC) Member Award 2022
  • Best Undergraduate Student Paper Award at ICAPS 2021 and 2022 (second of two authors)
  • AAAI Outstanding Program Committee (PC) Member Award in 2019 and 2021
  • ICAPS 2019 Best Dissertation Award
  • Best Student Paper Award at ICAPS 2018 (second of four authors)
  • Best Paper Award at ICTAI 2018 (third of four authors)

Note that ICAPS is the premier conference for Planning and Scheduling, and ranked A* by CORE. Likewise, AAAI is one of two top-tier conferences for AI in general, and also ranked A* by CORE. ICTAI is ranked B and a large platform for AI research as well.

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