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Héctor Muñoz-Avila


Computer Science & Engineering
Lehigh University
19 Memorial Drive West
Bethlehem, PA  18015-3084  USA
610 758 3797
(610) 758-4096

Packard Lab 252
by appointment

Dr. Muñoz-Avila is a professor of Computer Science and Engineering and of Cognitive Science at Lehigh University. He is co-director of the Institute for Data, Intelligent Systems, and Computation (I-DISC) Dr. Muñoz-Avila is recipient of a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award, two papers awards and held a Lehigh Class of 1961 Professorship. He has been chair for various international scientific meetings including the Sixth International Conference on Case-Based Reasoning (ICCBR-05) and the twenty-fifth Innovative Applications of AI Conference (IAAI-13). Dr. Muñoz-Avila served as a program director for Robust Intelligence at the National Science Foundation (NSF), where he managed the AI and ML portfolios and co-spearheaded efforts related to self-monitoring systems. He is/has been funded by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).

He holds a PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) in computer science from the Universität Kaiserslautern (Germany), an MS in computer science, a BS in Mathematics and a BS in computer Science from the Universidad de los Andes (Colombia).

Dr. Muñoz-Avila's research focuses on intelligent systems that can assist people solving complex problems. His current research focus on cognitive systems that introspectively reason about its own actions; systems capable of autonomously self-monitoring, self-diagnosing and self-repairing. He is also interested in advancing game AI with AI techniques. He has done extensive research on intelligent system capable of acquiring and adapting episodic knowledge (i.e., case-based reasoning), generalizing and abstracting this episodic knowledge into general domain knowledge (i.e., machine learning), using this knowledge to solve new problems (i.e., planning), adapting to changes in the environment (i.e., agents). He frequently works with researchers both in AI and in other areas including digital games, civil engineering, electrical engineering, cognitive psychology, education, and manufacturing.

link to CV (PDF format)


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