Publications

  1. [W6] Learning Parameterized Policies for Planning Annotated RL,
    Harsha Kokel, Junkyu Lee, Michael Katz, Shirin Sohrabi, In Planning and RL (PRL) Workshop at IJCAI 2023.
    paper
  2. [C9] Action Space Reduction for Planning Domains,
    Harsha Kokel, Junkyu Lee, Michael Katz, Kavitha Srinivas, Shirin Sohrabi, In IJCAI 2023.
    paper | blog | code | DOI| video | cite
    @inproceedings{KokelLKSS23,
       title={Action Space Reduction for Planning Domains},
       author={Kokel, Harsha and Lee, Junkyu and Katz, Michael and Srinivas, Kavitha and Sohrabi, Shirin},
       publisher={International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence Organization},
       pages = {5394--5401},
       year = {2023},
       month = {8},
       doi = {10.24963/ijcai.2023/599} booktitle = {Proceedings of the Thirty-Second International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, {IJCAI-23}},
       }

  3. 🔜 LakeBench: Benchmarks for Data Discovery over Data Lakes (Preprint),
    Kavitha Srinivas, Julian Dolby, Ibrahim Abdelaziz, Oktie Hassanzadeh, Harsha Kokel, Aamod Khatiwada, Tejaswini Pedapati, Subhajit Chaudhury, Horst Samulowitz, In ArXiv 2023.
    paper | code | video
  4. [J1] RePReL: A Unified Framework for Integrating Relational Planning and Reinforcement Learning for Effective Abstraction in Discrete and Continuous Domains,
    Harsha Kokel, Sriraam Natarajan, Balaraman Ravindran, Prasad Tadepalli, In Neural Computing and Applications 2022.
    paper | DOI | cite
    @article{KokelNRT22,
       author={Harsha Kokel and Sriraam Natarajan and Balaraman Ravindran and Prasad Tadepalli},
       journal={Neural Computing and Applications},
       title={RePReL: a unified framework for integrating relational planning and reinforcement learning for effective abstraction in discrete and continuous domains},
       year={2022},
       doi={https://doi.org/10.1007/s00521-022-08119-y},
       }

  5. [C8] LARA -- Human-guided collaborative problem solver: Effective integration of learning, reasoning and communication,
    Harsha Kokel, Mayukh Das, Rakibul Islam, Julia Bonn, Jon Cai, Soham Dan, Anjali Narayan-Chen, Prashant Jayannavar, Janardhan Rao Doppa, Julia Hockenmaier, Sriraam Natarajan, Martha Palmer, Dan Roth, In The Tenth Annual Conference on Advances in Cognitive Systems (ACS) 2022.
    paper | blog | supplemental | video | cite
    @article{KokeletalACS22,
       title={LARA -- Human-guided collaborative problem solver: Effective integration of learning, reasoning and communication},
       author={Harsha Kokel, Mayukh Das, Rakibul Islam, Julia Bonn, Jon Cai, Soham Dan, Anjali Narayan-Chen, Prashant Jayannavar, Janardhan Rao Doppa, Julia Hockenmaier, Sriraam Natarajan, Martha Palmer, Dan Roth},
       journal={The Tenth Annual Conference on Advances in Cognitive Systems (ACS)},
       year={2022},
       }

  6. [C7] ORIENT: Submodular Mutual Information Measures for Data Subset Selection under Distribution Shift,* equal contributions
    Athresh Karanam*, Krishnateja Killamsetty*, Harsha Kokel*, Rishabh K Iyer, In NeurIPS 2022.
    paper | code | supplemental | DOI | cite
    @inproceedings{KaranamKKI22,
       author = {Athresh Karanam and Krishnateja Killamsetty and Harsha Kokel and Rishabh K Iyer},
       title = {{ORIENT}: Submodular Mutual Information Measures for Data Subset Selection under Distribution Shift},
       year = {2022},
       booktitle = {NeurIPS},
       }

  7. [C6] Hybrid Deep RePReL: Integrating Relational Planning and Reinforcement Learning for Information Fusion,
    Harsha Kokel, Nikhilesh Prabhakar, Balaraman Ravindran, Eric Blasch, Prasad Tadepalli, Sriraam Natarajan, In IEEE 25th International Conference on Information Fusion (FUSION) 2022.
    paper | blog | slide | DOI| video | cite
    @inproceedings{KokelPRBTN22,
       title={Hybrid Deep RePReL: Integrating Relational Planning and Reinforcement Learning for Information Fusion},
       author={Harsha Kokel and Nikhilesh Prabhakar and Balaraman Ravindran and Eric Blasch and Prasad Tadepalli and Sriraam Natarajan},
       journal={IEEE 25th International Conference on Information Fusion (FUSION)},
       year={2022},
       doi={https://doi.org/10.23919/FUSION49751.2022.9841246},
       }

  8. [W5] Action Space Reduction for Planning Domains,
    Harsha Kokel, Junkyu Lee, Michael Katz, Shirin Sohrabi, Kavitha Srinivas, In Planning and RL (PRL) Workshop at ICAPS 2022.
    paper | slide | video
  9. [A2] Dynamic probabilistic logic models for effective task-specific abstractions in RL (Abstract),
    Harsha Kokel, Sriraam Natarajan, Balaraman Ravindran, Prasad Tadepalli, In 5th Multidisciplinary Conference on Reinforcement Learning and Decision Making (RLDM) 2022.
    paper | code | poster
  10. [A1] How to Reduce Action Space for Planning Domains? (Student Abstract),* oral presentation (20/111 accepted abstracts)
    Harsha Kokel, Junkyu Lee, Michael Katz, Shirin Sohrabi, Kavitha Srinivas, In AAAI 2022.
    paper | DOI| video | cite
    @article{KokelLKSS22,
       title={How to Reduce Action Space for Planning Domains? (Student Abstract)},
       author={Kokel, Harsha and Lee, Junkyu and Katz, Michael and Sohrabi, Shirin and Srinivas, Kavitha},
       journal={AAAI},
       pages={12989--12990},
       year={2022},
       url={https://ojs.aaai.org/index.php/AAAI/article/view/21631},
       }

  11. [W4] Deep RePReL-Combining Planning and Deep RL for acting in relational domains,
    Harsha Kokel, Arjun Manoharan, Sriraam Natarajan, Balaraman Ravindran, Prasad Tadepalli, In Deep RL Workshop at NeurIPS 2021.
    paper | code | supplemental | slide | video | cite
    @article{KokelMNBTDRL,
       title={Deep RePReL-Combining Planning and Deep RL for acting in relational domains},
       author={Kokel, Harsha and Manoharan, Arjun and Natarajan, Sriraam and Ravindran, Balaraman and Tadepalli, Prasad},
       journal={Deep {RL} Workshop at {NeurIPS}},
       year={2021},
       }

  12. [W3] Dynamic probabilistic logic models for effective abstractions in RL,
    Harsha Kokel, Arjun Manoharan, Sriraam Natarajan, Balaraman Ravindran, Prasad Tadepalli, In Statistical Relational AI (StarAI) Workshop at IJCLR 2021.
    paper | poster | cite
    @article{KokelMNBTSTARAI,
       title={Dynamic probabilistic logic models for effective abstractions in RL},
       author={Kokel, Harsha and Manoharan, Arjun and Natarajan, Sriraam and Ravindran, Balaraman and Tadepalli, Prasad},
       journal = {CoRR},
       volume = {abs/2110.08318},
       year={2021},
       }

  13. [C5] Human-guided Collaborative Problem Solving: A Natural Language based Framework,
    Harsha Kokel, Mayukh Das, Rakibul Islam, Julia Bonn, Jon Cai, Soham Dan, Anjali Narayan-Chen, Prashant Jayannavar, Janardhan Rao Doppa, Julia Hockenmaier, Sriraam Natarajan, Martha Palmer, Dan Roth, In ICAPS (demo track) 2021.
    paper | blog | video | cite
    @article{KokeletalDemo,
       title={Human-guided Collaborative Problem Solving: A Natural Language based Framework},
       author={Harsha Kokel, Mayukh Das, Rakibul Islam, Julia Bonn, Jon Cai, Soham Dan, Anjali Narayan-Chen, Prashant Jayannavar, Janardhan Rao Doppa, Julia Hockenmaier, Sriraam Natarajan, Martha Palmer, Dan Roth},
       journal={Thirty First International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling ({ICAPS}) Demo Track},
       year={2021},
       }

  14. [W2] RePReL: Integrating Relational Planning and Reinforcement Learning for Effective Abstraction (Extended Abstract),* contributed talk (11/25 accepted paper)
    Harsha Kokel, Arjun Manoharan, Sriraam Natarajan, Balaraman Ravindran, Prasad Tadepalli, In Planning and RL (PRL) Workshop at ICAPS 2021.
    paper | poster | video
  15. [C4] A Probabilistic Approach to Extract Qualitative Knowledge for Early Prediction of Gestational Diabetes,
    Athresh Karanam, Alexander L. Hayes, Harsha Kokel, David M. Haas, Predrag Radivojac, Sriraam Natarajan, In AIME 2021.
    paper | blog | DOI| video | cite
    @inproceedings{KaranamHKHRN21,
       author = {Athresh Karanam and Alexander L. Hayes and Harsha Kokel and David M. Haas and Predrag Radivojac and Sriraam Natarajan},
       title = {A Probabilistic Approach to Extract Qualitative Knowledge for Early Prediction of Gestational Diabetes},
       year = {2021},
       publisher = {Springer International Publishing},
       pages = {497--502},
       booktitle = {Artificial Intelligence in Medicine},
       isbn = {978-3-030-77211-6},
       DOI = {10.1007/978-3-030-77211-6_59},
       }

  16. [C3] RePReL: Integrating Relational Planning and Reinforcement Learning for Effective Abstraction,
    Harsha Kokel, Arjun Manoharan, Sriraam Natarajan, Balaraman Ravindran, Prasad Tadepalli, In ICAPS 2021.
    paper | blog | code | supplemental | DOI| video | cite
    @article{KokelMNRT21,
       title={RePReL: Integrating Relational Planning and Reinforcement Learning for Effective Abstraction},
       author={Kokel, Harsha and Manoharan, Arjun and Natarajan, Sriraam and Balaraman, Ravindran and Tadepalli, Prasad},
       journal={Proceedings of the International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling},
       number={1},
       volume={31},
       year={2021},
       month={May},
       pages={533--541},
       url={https://ojs.aaai.org/index.php/ICAPS/article/view/16001},
       }

  17. [W1] Graph Sparsification via Meta-Learning,* contributed talk (4/22 accepted paper)
    Guihong Wan, Harsha Kokel, In Deep Learning for Graphs (DLG) Workshop at AAAI 2021.
    paper | slide | video | cite
    @article{WanK21,
       title={Graph Sparsification via Meta-Learning},
       author={Wan, Guihong and Kokel, Harsha},
       journal={Deep Learning for Graphs (DLG) Workshop at AAAI},
       year={2021}
       }

  18. [C2] A Unified Framework for Knowledge Intensive Gradient Boosting: Leveraging Human Experts for Noisy Sparse Domain,
    Harsha Kokel, Phillip Odom, Shuo Yang, Sriraam Natarajan, In AAAI 2020.
    paper | blog | code | supplemental | poster | slide | DOI | cite
    @article{KokelOYN20,
       author = {Harsha Kokel and Phillip Odom and Shuo Yang and Sriraam Natarajan},
       title = {A Unified Framework for Knowledge Intensive Gradient Boosting: Leveraging Human Experts for Noisy Sparse Domains},
       journal = {Proceedings of the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence}
       volume = {34},
       number = {04},
       pages = {4460--4468},
       year = {2020},
       month = {Apr.},
       DOI = {10.1609/aaai.v34i04.5873},
       url = {https://aaai.org/ojs/index.php/AAAI/article/view/5873},
       }

  19. [C1] Morpheme Extraction Task,
    Rashmi Sankepally, Komal Agarwal, Harsha Kokel, Prasenjit Majumder, In Forum for Information Retrieval Evaluation (FIRE) 2013.
    paper | DOI | cite
    @inproceedings{SankepallyKAM13,
       author = {Rashmi Sankepally and Harsha Kokel and Komal Agarwal and Prasenjit Majumder},
       title = {Morpheme Extraction Task at {FIRE} 2012-2013},
       booktitle = {Proceedings of the Forum on Information Retrieval Evaluation, {FIRE}},
       pages = {5:1--5:4},
       publisher = {{ACM}},
       year = {2013},
       url = {https://doi.org/10.1145/2701336.2701637},
       doi = {10.1145/2701336.2701637},
       }

Experience

Industry

  • Research Scientist, IBM Research, USA   [March 2023 - present]
  • Research Intern, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY, USA   [ Summer 2021, Summer 2022]
    Bridging the gap between Symbolic planning and Reinforcement Learning.
    Manager: Dr. Shirin Sohrabi
  • ML Intern, Turvo Inc., CA, USA   [ Summer 2018 ]
    Modeled a cost estimator that leverages the knowledge of the domain experts. Kokel et al. AAAI 2020 was motivated by the work at Turvo.
  • Senior Software Engineer, Amadeus Software Labs, Bangalore, India   [ 2016-17 ]
    Implemented efficient low fare search for Air Canada.
  • Associate Technology, Publicis Sapient, Bangalore, India   [ 2013-16 ]
    Provided content management solutions for enhanced digital presence.

Academia

  • Research Assistant, Starling Lab, UT Dallas, TX, USA   [ Spring 2019 - Fall 2022 ]
  • Instructor, UT Dallas, TX, USA   [ Fall 2021 ]
    Designed and organized labs for an 8-Week course on Advanced Machine Learning for engineers from Vistra Corporation.
  • Teaching Assistant, UT Dallas, TX, USA   [ Fall 2018 ]
    CS6343: Artificial Intelligence (graduate level)
    CS4365: Artificial Intelligence (undergrad level)
  • Research Assistant, IR Lab, DA-IICT, Gandhinagar, India   [ 2012-13 ]
    Worked on Sandhan, a multilingual search engine for 8 Indian languages. Including cross-lingual search.
    Advisor: Prasenjit Majumder
  • Research Intern, Mobile Research Lab, NID, Gandhinagar, India   [ Summmer 2011 ]
    Developed a Point of Interest (POI) collector with Google maps for Android Smart Phones.
    Advisor: Jignesh Khakhar

Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Computer Science   [ Fall 2018 - Spring 2023 ]
    The University of Texas at Dallas, TX, USA
    Advisor: Prof. Sriraam Natarajan
    Thesis: Beyond Data: Efficient Knowledge-guided Learning for Sparse and Structured Domains
  • Master of Science (M.S.) Computer Science   [ Fall 2017 - Spring 2021 ]
    The University of Texas at Dallas, TX, USA
    Advisor: Prof. Sriraam Natarajan
  • Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.) Information and Communication Technology   [ May 2013 ]
    Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of ICT (DA-IICT), Gandhinagar, India
    Thesis Advisor: Prasenjit Majumder
    Thesis: Language identification for short text in transliterated space

Academic Service

  • Assistant Electronic Publishing Editors for JAIR 2020 - present.
  • PC Member for CODS-COMAD 2024.
  • PC Member for AAAI-24 Student Abstract and Poster Program.
  • Reviewing papers for AAAI 2024
  • PC Member for Gen Plan Workshop at NeurIPS 2023.
  • Reviewed papers for NeurIPS 2023.
  • PC Member for AAAI-23 (main track as well as AI for social good track).
  • Co-organized workshop on Bridging the Gap Between AI Planning and Reinforcement Learning (PRL) at IJCAI and ICAPS 2023.
  • PC Member for IJCAI Demo Track 2022.
  • Reviewed papers for ML Reproducibility Challenge 2021 Fall.
  • PC Member for Workshop on Graphs and more Complex structures for Learning and Reasoning (GCLR) at AAAI 2022.
  • Reviewed papers for I Can’t Believe It’s Not Better (ICBINB) Workshop at NeurIPS 2021.
  • Reviewer for Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery Journal.
  • Volunteered at ICAPS 2021.
  • Volunteered at AAAI 2021.
  • Reviewer for Big Data Journal.
  • Reviewed papers for AAAI 2021.
  • Student volunteer at ICDE 2020.
  • Reviewed papers for CODS-COMAD, 2020 and SDM, 2020.
  • Helped organize meeting of Forum for Information Retrieval Evaluation (FIRE), 2018, 2013.
  • Conducted a lab on Information Retrieval with Terrier, an open source search engine, in MSR & IRSI Pre-FIRE workshop 2013 at Microsoft Research India.

Talks

  • Networking talk, Integrated Planning and Reinforcement Learning at Almaden Women’s Interest and Networking Group (AWING) at IBM, Jun 7, 2023.
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  • Invited talk, Integrated Planning and Reinforcement Learning for Compositional Domains at AI Seminar at OSU, May 26, 2023.
    slide | video
  • Invited talk, Dynamic probabilistic logic models for effective task-specific abstractions in RL at Robotics Lab at the Brown University, Sep 16, 2022.
    slide | video
  • Presented paper, Hybrid Deep RePReL: Integrating Relational Planning and Reinforcement Learning for Information Fusion at IEEE 25th International Conference on Information Fusion (FUSION), Link√∂ping, Sweden, Jul 5, 2022.
    slide | video
  • Invited talk, RePReL: Integrating Relational Planning and Reinforcement Learning for Effective Abstractions at Eleventh RBCDSAI Workshop on Recent progress in Data Science and AI, IIT Madras, India, Nov 17, 2021.
    slide | video
  • Ph.D. mixer talk, Human Allied Artificial Intelligence at UT Dallas, USA, Sep 10, 2021.
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  • Invited talk, A Unified Framework for Knowledge Intensive Gradient Boosting: Leveraging Human Experts for Noisy Sparse Domain at AAIR Lab Spring Meeting, ASU, USA, Jan 22, 2021.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Our team won Hackathon at Amadeus in November 2016
  • Certified Lead Developer for Adobe Experience Manager (AEM) 6.0 and 5.6
  • Star Employee of Sapient Bangalore, awarded in 2015 for the work on Loblaws project in the United Content Workz vertical
  • Nominated and Recognised at Sapient for exhibiting the Core Value of Client-Focused Delivery
  • Ranked among top 15% performer of the 2013 batch at Sapient and rewarded accordingly
  • Student Representative in Disciplinary action Committee (2012-2013)
  • Deputy convener of Cultural Committee (2012-2013)
  • Elected as Deputy Convener of the Cultural Committee in 2012-13 at DAIICT
  • Elected as the first student representative in the Disciplinary Action Committee at DAIICT for academic year 2012-13

My Github Contribution

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