About

I am an Assistant Professor in Computing Science at Simon Fraser University and director of the Autonomous Intelligence and Robotics (AIRob) lab.

My interests are mainly in artificial intelligence, robotics, and machine learning. Specifically, I am interested in topics on automated planning, multi-agent/robot systems, spatio-temporal and constraint reasoning, and applications of probabilistic methods and other topics related to graphs, combinatorial optimization, and algorithms.

Research Opportunities

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I am always looking for self-motivated students at all levels. See my research highlights here. If you are interested in working with me on AI, robotics, and multi-agent/robot systems, please mention my name in your application to the SFU CS graduate program. Applicants should also refer to the SFU CS graduate program page for more information on the admission requirements and application deadlines.

The SFU main campus is located on the Burnaby Mountain, 12 miles from downtown Vancouver.

Recent Service

Conference and Workshop Organization

Conference Program Committees

  • AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) 2021, 2020
  • International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) 2021 (SPC), 2020, 2019
  • International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS) 2021, 2020, 2019
  • International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS) 2021
  • International Conference of the Florida Artificial Intelligence Research Society (FLAIR) 2021
  • International Symposium on Multi-Robot and Multi-Agent Systems (MRS) 2021 (AC)
  • International Symposium on Combinatorial Search (SoCS) 2020

Journal Editing

Teaching

Education

  • 2014 to 2019, Ph.D. Computer Science, University of Southern California
  • 2012 to 2014, M.Sc. Computer Science, McGill University
  • 2010 to 2012, B.Sc. (First Class with Distinction) Computing Science, Simon Fraser University
  • 2008 to 2010, B.Eng. Computer Science and Technology, Zhejiang University

Miscellaneous

News

2021-02 Two papers accepted to ICAPS 2021!
2021-02 Talk at the AAAI New Faculty Highlights program!
2020-12 Advised Team An_Old_Driver won both Round 1 and Round 2 of the NeurIPS-20 Flatland Challenge (see our ICAPS paper for technical details)!
2020-01 Paper accepted to ICAPS 2020!
2020-01 Paper accepted to AAMAS 2020!
2019-12 Joined the School of Computing Science at Simon Fraser University as an Assistant Professor!
2019-11 Paper (joint work with Alibaba Cainiao) accepted to AAAI 2020!
2019-05 Paper accepted to IJCAI 2019!
2019-05 An introductory SoCS-19 paper on Multi-Agent Path Finding available here!
2019-03 Received a Technology Commercialization Award from the USC Stevens Center for Innovation!
2019-02 Paper accepted to ICAPS 2019!
2019-01 Two papers accepted to AAMAS 2019!


Recent Publications

@inproceedings{MaICAPS21,
 author = {Hang Ma},
 booktitle = {International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling},
 pages = {Accepted},
 title = {A Competitive Analysis of Online Multi-Agent Path Finding},
 year = {2021}
}

@inproceedings{LiICAPS21,
 author = {Jiaoyang Li and Zhe Chen and Yi Zheng and Shao-Hung Chan and Daniel Harabor and Peter J. Stuckey and Hang Ma and Sven Koenig},
 booktitle = {International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling},
 pages = {Accepted},
 title = {Scalable Rail Planning and Replanning: Winning the 2020 Flatland Challenge},
 year = {2021}
}

@inproceedings{LiICAPS20,
 author = {Jiaoyang Li and Graeme Gange and Daniel Harabor and Peter J. Stuckey and Hang Ma and Sven Koenig},
 booktitle = {International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling},
 pages = {193--201},
 title = {New Techniques for Pairwise Symmetry Breaking in Multi-Agent Path Finding},
 year = {2020}
}

@inproceedings{LiAAMAS20,
 author = {Jiaoyang Li and Kexuan Sun and Hang Ma and Ariel Felner and T. K. Satish Kumar and Sven Koenig},
 booktitle = {International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems},
 pages = {726--734},
 title = {Moving Agents in Formation in Congested Environments},
 year = {2020}
}

@inproceedings{KouAAAI20,
 author = {Ngai Meng Kou and Cheng Peng and Hang Ma and T. K. Satish Kumar and Sven Koenig},
 booktitle = {{AAAI} Conference on Artificial Intelligence},
 pages = {9925--9932},
 title = {Idle Time Optimization for Target Assignment and Path Finding in Sortation Centers},
 year = {2020}
}

@phdthesis{MaThesis20,
 author = {Hang Ma},
 school = {University of Southern California},
 title = {Target Assignment and Path Planning for Navigation Tasks with Teams of Agents},
 year = {2020}
}

Full list of publications