Modi Wins Meritorious Service Award

June 6, 2003

Six-Year ISI Veteran Honored for AI Grads Work

Pragnesh Jay Modi, who came to ISI six years ago from Carnegie-Mellon Institute was a recipient in June, 2003, of an ISI Meritorious Service Award.

The honor, said ISI Executive Director Herbert Schorr, was for Modi's work with the AI grads, the group of Computer Science Graduate Research Assistants working in the Intelligent Systems Division.

"Jay planned outings for AI-Grads, created a group web page and e-mail list, coordinated group activities at division retreats, set up research reading groups, and wrote articles about AI-Grads for the division newsletter," Schorr said.

"Jay engaged in these activities on his own time, because he wanted to give ISD graduate students a voice and also bring ISD closer together. He succeeded. As a result of his efforts ISD is a more hospitable place for students, they are better represented in division affairs, and are better informed about activities in ISD and in ISI in general."

Modi received his B.S. with University Honors in Computer Science and Mathematics in 1997 from Carnegie-Mellon University. Since 1998, he has been a research assistant at the University of Southern California's Information Sciences Institute, working on multiagent systems.

Modi successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation, "Distributed Constraint Optimization in Multiagent Systems" June 16, and has returned to Pittsburgh for post doc work at CMU.

"He will be missed," said Schorr.