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Hector Geffner

I am a researcher at the Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats (ICREA) and a professor at the  Departament de Tecnologies de la Informació i les Comunicacions (DTIC),  Universitat Pompeu Fabra, in the Artificial Intelligence Group. I'm also a Wallenberg Guest Professor at Linköping University, Sweden.

My address is:

Hector Geffner
DTIC, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
C/Roc Boronat 138, Office 55.213
E-08018 Barcelona, Spain

+34 93 542 2563 (voice)
+34 93 542 2451  (fax)
firstname.lastname@upf.edu


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Hector Geffner got his Ph.D at  UCLA with a dissertation that was co-winner of the 1990 ACM Dissertation Award. He then worked as Staff Research Member at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in NY, USA and at the Universidad Simon Bolivar, in Caracas, Venezuela. Since 2001, he is a researcher at ICREA and a professor at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, and since 2019, a Wallenberg Guest Professor at Linköping University, Sweden. Hector is a former Associate Editor of Artificial Intelligence and the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research. He was also a member of the EurAI board, anjd is a  Fellow of AAAI and EurAI. He is the author of the book ``Default Reasoning: Causal and Conditional Theories'' , MIT Press, 1992, editor of "Heuristics, Probability, and Causality: a Tribute to Judea Pearl" along with R. Dechter and Joe Halpern, College Publications, 2010, and author  of "A Concise Introduction to Models and Methods for Automated Planning" with Blai Bonet, Morgan and Claypool, 2013. Hector is interested in computational models of reasoning, action, learning, and planning that are general and effective. He is also a concerned citizen (particularly concerned these days) and, aside from courses on logic and AI, he teaches a course on social and technological change at the UPF. He leads a project on representation learning for planning (RLeap), funded by an Advanced ERC grant.