Håkan Younes: Brief Biography

Håkan Younes is a Staff Software Engineer at Google, Inc. Before joining Google, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University. His research focused on methods for analyzing and controlling the effects of uncertainty in system design and decision making. He has developed algorithms for probabilistic model checking and established the generalized semi-Markov decision process as a framework for decision-theoretic planning under temporal uncertainty. He earned distinction as Best Newcomer at the 2002 International Planning Competition with his heuristic partial-order/temporal planner VHPOP, and his PhD thesis earned him the first ICAPS Outstanding Dissertation Award in 2007. Dr. Younes received an M.S. (1998) in Computer Science and Technology from the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden, and an M.S. (2002) and a PhD (2004) in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University.