Kartik Talamadupula


Kartik Talamadupula


Senior Research Scientist and Research Manager


IBM Research Seattle, WA USA


Kartik Talamadupula is a senior research scientist & research science manager at IBM Research AI.

His research interests lie in the field of Automated Planning, within the wider umbrella of Artificial Intelligence (AI), and in examining the issues inherent in using decision-making technologies (automated planning and reasoning) as mediators in human-machine teams and automation technologies. He has also worked in the past on applications of reinforcement learning, using external knowledge for NLP tasks, conversation and dialog systemscrowdsourcing/human computation, AI for IoT, and information retrieval on social media (specifically Twitter).

He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science in Fall 2014 from Arizona State University (advised by Prof. Subbarao Kambhampati), where he worked on extending the frontiers of AI planning methods and technologies. His research focused on understanding, analyzing, and extending the role that automated planners can play as part of integrated AI systems that interact directly and cooperatively with humans. His work has been published at AAAI, ICLR, UAI, ACL, NAACL, EMNLP, ICAPS, HRI, IUI, IROS, IAAI, ACS, ICWSM, CIKM, WebScience, and HCOMP; and presented at various international workshops and systems demonstrations. He has been a recipient of the Science Foundation Arizona Fellowship and ASU's University Graduate Fellowship.

Prior to this, he graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelors degree in Computer Science from Arizona State University, and was recognized with the Distinguished Undergraduate Senior award, and a CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award Honorable Mention.

In 2021, Kartik was elected as a Senior Member of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI). Additionally, he is currently serving as the SIGAI Applied AI Officer; and was the Applications Program Co-Chair for the ICAPS 2021 Conference. He has also been an Area Chair of the annual AAAI conference on AI since 2021, and additionally serves as a Senior Program Committee (SPC) member for various international AI conferences.

Here is a link to Kartik's personal website. For the most up-to-date listing of recent publications, please check Kartik's Google Scholar page.

Most recently, Kartik has been spending a lot of his time on AI infusions to enable efficient and end-to-end business process and workflow composition for IBM Automation - both for IBM's Watson Orchestrate product, as well as for IBM App Connect (under IBM's Integration product portfolio). Previously, he worked on CLAI (Command Line AI) - an open-source AI/ML assistant for the command line interface.

Kartik currently manages the AI Composition Lab (AICL) in IBM Research's AI Platforms & Automation organization.



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