- Knowledge representation
- Automated reasoning
- Automated plan generation
- Sequential decision making
Sheila McIlraith is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto. Prior to joining U of T in 2004, McIlraith spent six years as a Research Scientist at Stanford University, and one year at Xerox PARC. McIlraith is the author of over 100 scholarly publications in the area of knowledge representation and automated reasoning, and in particular automated plan generation and sequential decision making. She is currently serving as Past-President of KR Inc., the international scientific foundation concerned with fostering research and communication on knowledge representation and reasoning. McIlraith is a fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), associate editor of the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research (JAIR), serves on the editorial board of Artificial Intelligence Magazine, and is a past associate editor of the journal Artificial Intelligence (AIJ). She was recently program co-chair of the 32nd AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-18), and is past program co-chair of the 13th International Conference on Principles of Knowledge Representation and Reasoning (KR2012), and the International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC2004). McIlraith’s early work on Semantic Web Services has had notable impact. In 2011 she and her co-authors were honoured with the SWSA 10-year Award, recognizing the highest impact paper from the International Semantic Web Conference, 10 years prior. Her research has also made practical contributions to the development of next-generation NASA space systems and to emerging Web standards.
- Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI).
- Associate editor of the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research (JAIR).