Dr. Ron Alford

Ron Alford
I am a researcher at MITRE investigating semi-autonomous operation for unmanned vehicles and the foundations of automated planning with procedural knowledge.  My CV contains more information (last updated 2016-04-12).

Research Interests

I am interested in automated planning and description logics, with a special focus on the problems and opportunities that arise from expressive formalisms such as Hierarchical Task Network Planning.

Publications

You can find a list of my publications here or on my Google Scholar page.  Most of my published software can be found on GitHub.

Education

I graduated with a PhD. in computer science from the University of Maryland, College Park. I previously graduated from Maryland with a B.S. in mathematics (2005) and computer science (2002).

Previous Employment

2014-2016

I was an ASEE Post-doctoral fellow at the U.S. Naval Research Lab, researching activity recognition, goal reasoning, and hierarchical planning.

2007-2014

I worked for Dana Nau at UMCP as a graduate research assistant. My research focused on automated planning, and in specific, search techniques for hierarchical planning.

Summer, 2007

I worked for Clark Parsia over the summer of 2007, helping out with Pellet and OWLSight. I extended Pellet's SWRL implementation and optimized rule execution.

2002-2007

After the first time I graduated from Maryland, I went to work for Jim Hendler at Mindswap as a faculty research assistant. While there, I helped maintain and extend several of the tools we used, including Pellet, SWOOP, and the RDF-backed homepage for the group.