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John Collins

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Ph.D., Computer Science, University of Minnesota, 2002.

MS Computer Science, University of Minnesota, 1985.

BS, Electrical Engineering, Iowa State University, 1969.

Assistant Professor Collins teaches undergrad and graduate courses in Computer Science. He also directed and taught in the Master of Science in Software Engineering (MSSE) program, part of the University of Minnesota's Software Engineering Center.
My research interests are centered around the economic behavior and decision-making in autonomous, rational agents. I was the Game Master for the 2005 and 2006 Supply-Chain Trading Agent Competitions. I co-lead the MinneTAC research group, which has participated in the Supply-Chain games from their inception in 2003.
  • Autonomous agents for electronic commerce, focusing on automated negotiation, economic decision processes, and distributed scheduling problems.
  • Scheduling and resource allocation problems, especially those involving real-time incremental-improvement search, anytime search, stochastic search, search performance analysis.
  • Constraint processing, modeling and simulation of organizations and processes.