Intelligent Agents Lab

Creating Social Systems


The Intelligent Agents Lab is dedicated to investigating social models within RAP systems (Robots, Agents, and People), with a particular emphasis on studying the behavior of people within games and simulation environments where people and agents can interact on an "equal footing". In these social-computational systems where autonomous agents must interact with larger groups of people, it is insufficient to model and infer the activity of one person; we must be able to understand larger social structures such as teams, groups, and crowds. To study these problems, my students and I conduct basic research on agent-based modeling, machine learning, and search; we aim to improve on the state of the art methods used in:
  • agents for games and simulations
  • human motion analysis and path prediction
  • social simulations of groups and teams
  • human-robot interaction
Check out this talk on Data-driven Social Informatics for a good synopsis of our work.


Dr. Gita Sukthankar received her Ph.D. in 2007 from the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon, an M.S. in Robotics, and an A.B. in psychology from Princeton University. From 2000-2003, she worked as a researcher at Compaq Research/HP Labs (CRL) in the handheld computing group. In 2009, Dr. Sukthankar was selected for an Air Force Young Investigator award, the DARPA Computer Science Study Panel, and an NSF CAREER award. She is a UCF Charles N. Millican faculty fellow, the 2011 CECS Distinguished Researcher (asst professor), and a 2015 recipient of UCF's Reach for the Stars research award. Her dissertation research proposed the first framework for dynamic multi-agent plan recognition (MAPR), extending on work from her AAMAS 2005 best student paper on cost minimization methods for human behavior recognition. She is the lead editor of Plan, Activity, and Intent Recognition: Theory and Practice and Social Interactions in Virtual Worlds.


Dr. Gita Sukthankar
University of Central Florida
Department of EECS
4000 Central Florida Blvd
Orlando, FL, 32816-2362
Tel: 407-823-4305
Google Voice: 407-536-8425
Dept Fax: 407-823-2762
Email: gitars at