Daniel D. Corkill

Senior Research Scientist
324A CS Building
(413) 545-0675


Blackboard and multi-agent systems, collaborating software entities, dynamic-process management, energy and resource aware sensor networks, high-level information fusion.


Collaborating Software Systems -- Creating new forms of software-entity interaction and coordination by extending the collaboration mechanisms of blackboard and multi-agent systems.

Multi-Agent Organizations -- Integrating designed and emergent organizational coordination of multi-agent systems.

Power-Aware Sensor Networks -- Developing intelligent energy-conserving sensor agents that operate with their communication turned off most of the time.

Live-Representation Process Management -- Developing distributed process and resource-centric management and execution technology with continual downstream forecasting that supports human managerial oversight and control.


Dr. Corkill was founder and President of Blackboard Technology Group (BBTech), which specialized in commercial blackboard-system software (GBB) and collaboration-technology research. At BBTech, he helped develop GBB applications in many domains, including the Radarsat-I mission control system and a distributed decision-support system to assist human operators in assessing and managing problems in nearly-autonomous life support systems for long-term NASA space missions. GBB received Object Magazine's Editors Choice award in 1996. In 1998, BBTech merged with Knowledge Technologies International and, as Chief Scientist, Corkill directed research & development of advanced decision-support technology for managing highly dynamic automotive and aerospace design processes. Currently, he is Associate Director of the Multi-Agent Systems Laboratory.

Prior to forming BBTech, Corkill was Associate Research Professor in Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1983. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Nebraska Lincoln in 1975 and 1976.

Activities & Awards

Program Committees: AAMAS-04-AAMAS-09 (International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi Agent Systems); From Organizations to Organization Oriented Programming (OOOP), AAMAS-05; Modelling and Simulation of Multi-Agent Systems Workshop, AAMAS-04; International Workshop on Massively Multiagent Systems (Kyoto, Japan, 2004);Workshop Chair, Integrative Information Systems for Homeland Security, University of Massachusetts Amherst, September 2004. NASA Recognition of Excellence award for SBIR research, 1995.