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Matthew Klenk (
Senior Member of the Research Staff
Embedded Reasoning Area
Palo Alto Research Center
Palo Alto, CA

Research Interests

To increase the capabilities of artificial intelligence (AI) systems, it is necessary to think broadly about tasks requiring intelligent behavior. In my research, I design intelligent agents capable of carrying out human tasks (e.g., conceptual design, team behavior, learning to solve intelligence test questions). When people perform these tasks, they draw on considerable knowledge and experiences. Consequently, my research explores possible forms of this knowledge, how it can be learned, and how it can be applied in new situations. The results of this research have applications in training simulations by creating more realistic participants, transportation, autonomous systems, and design tools.

While beyond the capabilities of current AI systems, intelligent behavior across a range of tasks would not just increase the autonomy of existing systems, but would also enable human users to treat AI systems as collaborators drawing on shared experiences in a wide array of tasks, instead of merely as tools.

Toward this vision, my research focuses on the following areas:

[Curriculum Vitae]


Other Publications

  1. Klenk, M. (June 22nd, 2009) My Computer, My Collaborator. The AI Report on Available at


B.A. Computer Science, Emory University, May 2003
M.S. Computer Science, Northwestern University, December 2006
Ph.D. Computer Science, Northwestern University, June 2009