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Carla Gomes

Professor

Areas of Interest

Combinatorial problems, with an emphasis on planning and scheduling problems, combining techniques from Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, and Operations Research

Biography

Carla Gomes is a Professor of Computer Science at Cornell University, with joint appointments in the Dept. of Computer Science, Dept. of Information Science, and the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management. Gomes obtained a Ph.D. in computer science in the area of artificial intelligence and operations research from the University of Edinburgh. She also holds an M.Sc. in applied mathematics from the University of Lisbon. Her research has covered several areas in artificial intelligence and computer science, including the integration of constraint reasoning, operations research, and machine learning techniques for solving scale constraint reasoning and optimization problems, complete randomized search methods, and algorithm portfolios, planning and scheduling, and multi agent systems. Gomes’s central research themes  are the integration of concepts from constraint and logical reasoning, mathematical programming, and machine learning, for large scale combinatorial problems; the study of the impact of structure on problem hardness; and the use of randomization techniques to improve the performance of exact (complete) search methods. More recently, Gomes has become deeply immersed in research in the new field of Computational Sustainability.  Gomes is the Lead PI of an NSF Expeditions in Computing award on Computational Sustainability and the director of the newly established Institute for Computational Sustainability at Cornell University. Gomes is a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence.

Publications

Please see Carla Gomes's home page for a complete list of publications. Below is a list of recent works.  

  • Playing Games against Nature: Optimal Policies for Renewable Resource Allocation.  Stefano Ermon, Jon Conrad, Carla Gomes, and Bart Selman. UAI2010. Proceedings of the 16th Conference on Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence, 2010. PDF
  • Bayesian Classification of Flight Calls with a novel Dynamic Time Warping Kernel.  Theo Damoulas, Sam Henry, Andrew Farnsworth, Michael Lanzone and Carla Gomes.   9th International Conference on Machine Learning and Applications, Washington, ICMLA 2010. 2010.
  • Maximizing Spread of Cascades Using Network Design.  Daniel Sheldon, Bistra Dilkina, Adam Elmachtoub, Ryan Finseth, Ashish Sabharwal, Jon Conrad, Carla Gomes, David Shmoys, Will Allen, Ole Amundsen, William Vaughan.  UAI2010. Proceedings of the 16th Conference on Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence, 2010. PDF
  • Solving Connected Subgraph Problems in Wildlife Conservation.   Bistra Dilkina and Carla Gomes.  CPAIOR2010. Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on on Integration of AI and OR Techniques in Constraint Programming for Combinatorial Optimization Problems, ,Bologna, Italy, 2010. PDF
  • An Empirical Study of Optimization for Maximizing Diffusion in Networks .  Kiyan Ahmadizadeh, Bistra Dilkina, Carla P. Gomes, Ashish Sabharwal . CP2010. Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Principles and Practice of Constraint Programming, ,St. Andrews, Scotland, 2010. PDF
  • Incorporating Economic and Ecological Information into the Optimal Design of Wildlife Corridors.   Jon Conrad, Carla Gomes, Willem van Hoeve, Ashish Sabharwal, and Jordan Suter. Computing and Information Science Technical Reports,URI:http://hdl.handle.net/1813/17053. Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 2010. http://hdl.handle.net/1813/17053
  • Connection in Networks: Hardness of Feasibility versus Optimality.  Jon Conrad, Carla Gomes, Willem van Hoeve, Ashish Sabharwal, and Jordan Suter. CPAIOR07. Proc. of the 4th International Conference on Integration of AI and OR Techniques in Constraint Programming for Combinatorial Optimization Problems. Brussels, Belgium, May 2007. PDF
  • Spatially-Balanced Complete Block Designs for Field Experiments  Harold van Es, Carla Gomes, Meinolf Sellmann, and Cindy van Es.  Geoderma Journal,Vol. 140 (2007) 346--352. PDF