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Welcome to the personal and professional website of Nicholas ( Nick ) Mattei.

I am currently a senior researcher working with Prof. Toby Walsh in the Decision Sciences group at Data61, formerly known as the Optimisation Group at NICTA, a unit of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).  I am also an adjunct lecturer in the School of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) and member of the Algorithms Group at the University of New South Wales in beautiful Sydney, Australia.  Please have a look around the website or see my CV for more info.

Previously, I was a Ph.D student at the University of Kentucky (UK) working with Prof. Judy Goldsmith on AI and Complexity Theory.

In the way olden days I worked for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Ames Research Center designing embedded hardware and software flight systems for nano-satellites.

In another life I drove trucks full of carnival prizes all over central Kentucky and Indiana … you don’t know fun till you’ve delivered several hundred pounds of stuffed animals to shooting booths at remote county fairs.

I can be reached at: Nicholas.<last-name>@nicta.com.au OR ns<last-lame>@gmail.com. Remember to substitute between the angle brackets!

Some photos from living upside down (turn monitor over for full effect).

Recent News

I am currently on the Senior Program Committee for IJCAI 2016 and on the Program Committee for COMSOC 2016, CP 2016, and ECAI 2016.

I am currently co-organizing the 10th Workshop on Advances in Preference Handling (MPREF) @ IJCAI 2016.

Check out www.PrefLib.org for lots of great preference data and PrefLib-Tools on GitHub for more data wrangling tools.  We also have had a great time with our Exploring Beyond the Worst Case in Computational Social Choice (EXPLORE) series held at AAMAS in 20142015, and (soon) 2016.

  • May 2016: Judy Goldsmith and Emanuelle Burton will be hosting a panel about our work using Science Fiction to teach AI Ethics during the Academic Track at the 74th Annual WorldCon — the world’s largest SF convention and where they give out the Hugo’s!
  • February 2016: NASA Ames Research Center awarded a Patent Activity Prize to A Low Burden Star Tracker!
  • November 2015: I have two papers accepted at AAAI 2016!  Check out the Publications page for more details.  Thanks to all my wonderful co-authors!
  • September 2015: I am now a Senior Researcher at NICTA/Data 61.
  • Jan. 2015: I had three papers accepted at AAMAS 2015! Thanks to my many wonderful co-authors. Please see the Publications page for more details.