I direct the Intelligent Agents Lab at UCF. My research is in the area of activity and plan recognition; my Ph.D. thesis was on multi-agent plan recognition and focused on the problem of recognizing tactical team plans from spatio-temporal traces of military teams in urban settings. I am lead editor of a book (Plan, Activity, and Intent Recognition: Theory and Practice) on this topic. My work on activity recognition has focused primarily on the following domains:

My area of expertise is AI and machine learning, primarily in the context of multi-agent and multi-robot systems. For a synopsis of my group's work, please check out my talk on Data-driven Social Informatics. To find out about me and other women STEM faculty at UCF, check out this interview. I was also interviewed for an overview on AI by the Florida High Tech magazine.

Graduate research applicants to my group should have prior experience in one of the following areas: multi-agent systems, machine learning, probabilistic graphical models, social media analysis, games/simulations, or robotics.

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I joined the faculty of computer science at University of Central Florida, Orlando in fall 2007. I received my Ph.D. from the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon, an M.S. in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon, and an A.B. in psychology from Princeton University. Between my masters and Ph.D., I worked as a researcher at Compaq Research/HP Labs (CRL) in the handheld computing group. Outside of work, I practice martial arts and have a shodan (1st degree black belt) in Shotokan Karate. I also have an advanced PADI diver certification and have recently completed my 200th dive. My husband (and diving buddy), Dr. Rahul Sukthankar, is a researcher in computer vision at Google Research.


Dr. Gita Sukthankar
University of Central Florida
Department of EECS (CS)
Mail: 4000 Central Florida Blvd
Orlando, FL, 32816-2362
Physical: 4328 Scorpius St.
Orlando, FL, 32816-2362
Tel: 407-823-4305
Dept Fax: 407-823-5835
Email: gitars at