Alan Fern

Associate Professor
School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Oregon State University

Office Location: 2071 Kelley Engineering Center
(541) 737-9202 (office)(I never check phone messages, send an email instead)
(541) 737-1300 (fax)
Postal Address: Kelley Engineering Center, Corvallis, OR 97330-5501, U.S.A.

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B.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Maine, 1997

M.S. Computer Engineering, Purdue University, 2000

Ph.D. Computer Engineering, Purdue University, 2004 (advised by Robert Givan)



My primary research interests are in the field of artificial intelligence, where I focus on the sub-areas of machine learning and automated planning. I am particularly interested in the intersection of these two areas where we develop algorithms that learn to plan more effectively based on past experiences.

A sample of some of my current and recent research projects include: Also see my Publications

I co-organized the first learning track for the 2008 6th International Planning Competition that is held in conjunctions with the International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling. See the competition web-site for details.

Current Graduate Students

Former Students


·         ICAPS 2010 Monte-Carlo Planning Tutorial (PDF, PPT)