Prof. Dr. Malte Helmert

Prof. Dr. Malte Helmert
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Spiegelgasse 1
CH - 4051 Basel, Switzerland
+41 61 207 05 48
+41 61 207 05 59

Research interest

My main research interest is in intelligent problem solving, with a focus on the area of automated planning. Automated planning is the problem of finding a course of action that allows an intelligent agent to proceed from whatever situation they find themselves in to a situation which satisfies their goals. Or, as an esteemed colleague put it much more succinctly: "Planning is the art and practice of thinking before acting." Apart from planning, I am also interested in all kinds of combinatorial search and optimization problems, including constraint satisfaction and classical NP-hard graph problems.

Short bio

I received a diploma in computer science (comparable to M.Sc.) from the University of Freiburg in March 2001. From April 2001 to May 2011, I was a member of the Research Group on the Foundations of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Freiburg, headed by Bernhard Nebel. In June 2011, I joined the University of Basel.

For more information, please consult my academic CV (PDF).




All of my papers are available online.