Brief Bio

Froduald Kabanza is a full professor in the department of computer science at the Université de Sherbrooke.  His research concerns artificial intelligence (AI), decision support systems, planning and control, self-reconfigurable systems, autonomous systems, and coordination techniques in multi-agent systems. He has led various successful research projects on these topics. He is currently developing AI-based software to train medical students on clinical diagnosis, software to train astronauts on robot manipulation for the Canadian Space Agency, software to support the optimal prescription of antibiotics in hospitals, tools for implementing autonomous decision capabilities aboard spacecrafts, and tools for automated planning of space missions. He is co-author of the TLPLAN planning algorithm, which is an algorithm for making autonomous goal-driven decisions. This algorithm is highly referenced in the area of artificial intelligence and has inspired various developments.

Born in The Land of One Thousand Hills (Rwanda), he moved to Belgium (Europe), in October 1984, at the age of 19, with a scholarship to study computer science at the Université de Liège.

He completed a Bachelor degree in computer science (named Licence back then) in June 1988. From September 1988 to October 1992 he remained at the Université de Liège as a research assistant in artificial intelligence planning, while at the same time completing a PhD degree under the supervision of Pierre Wolper. His PhD thesis, entitled “Reactive planning of immediate actions” was defended in October 1992.

In November 1992 he moved to Canada, at the University of Waterloo (Ontario), on a postdoctoral position with Fahiem Bacchus (before he moved to the University of Toronto).

In August 1993, he moved to University of Sherbrooke (Québec), as assistant professor in the department of computer science. He became associate professor in 1998 and full professor in 2002. On leave from the University of Sherbrooke, he also spent a year and half at the University of Windsor, as associate professor in the department of computer science, between 2001 and 2002.

From 2005 to 2007, he was Vice-president of the Canadian Artificial Intelligence Association which, among other things, organizes the annual Canadian AI conference.

In 2006, Kabanza founded Menya Solutions, a Canadian company that offers software developments and services on intelligent decision support systems.