Andrew Kimmel


I am a PhD student working with Dr. Kostas Bekris at Rutgers University. I am currently funded through a project involving UGVs for TARDEC with an Army subcontractor, Intelligent Automation Incorporated.

My research primarily deals with multi-agent systems. I am interested in developing methods for solving multi-agent path planning problems in crowded scenes using only minimal information (i.e. no communication, no centralization).

One of the more recent problems I have investigated deals with resolving conflicts between agents in a decentralized manner. A potential solution to this specific problem is a method which incorporates notions of game theory (minmax regret analysis to be exact) into a decentralized obstacle avoidance and replanning framework, with the objective of more efficiently guiding agents to their goals. You can find out more about this topic at this page here.

I am also one of the primary developers for the PRACSYS software, our common platform for doing physically-based simulations of autonomous agents, especially for multiple robots.


I am from Reno, Nevada, where I graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) in Spring 2012 with a Master of Science in Computer Science. During my master's, I worked at UNR's robotic laboratory, and investigated methods for coordinating teams of agents in a decentralized fashion. You can find more information about this topic on the page that deals with Decentralized Motion Coordination and Team Coherence. I also received my Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from UNR, with minors in Physics and Mathematics.


    • WiELD-CAVE: Wireless ergonomic lightweight device for use in the CAVE. Joshua Hegie, Andrew Kimmel, Kelvin Parian, and Sergiu M. Dascalu, Frederick C. Harris, Jr.Journal of Computational Methods in Science and Engineering, 2010, 177-186.
    • Transient Characteristics of Two-Phase LNG Expanders;
      Finley, C.D., Kimmel A. et al.; AIChE Spring National Meeting 2007
    • Effect of Quadratic Fluid Damping in Two-Phase Liquefied Natural Gas; Kimmel, A.; AIChE Spring National Meeting 2007
    • Pressure Induced Non-Linear Oscillations in Two-Phase LNG Pipe Flow; Kimmel, A.; AIChE Spring National Meeting 2006

Teaching Experience


    • Joseph Jaeger, Summer 2013, Senior
    • Poorva Sampat, Summer 2014, Freshman
    • Meera Murti, Summer 2014, Freshman
    • Billy Grant, Summer 2014, Freshman
    • Robert Gross, 2014-Onwards, Sophomore

    Teaching Assistant

    • Rutgers: CS 112 - Data Structures (two semesters)
    • UNR: CS 365 - Math of Computer Science
    • UNR: CS 282 - Simulation Physics
    • UNR: CS 105 - Intro to Computing
    • UNR :CS 135 - Computer Science I


  • College of Science Dean's List (x2)
  • College of Engineering Dean's List (x3)
  • Millennium Scholarship 2004- 2009
  • Silver State Scholarship from 2004-2007
  • Member of Tau Beta Pi the Engineering Honors Society
  • NSF Scholarship to attend AAMAS 2012

Contact Info

Department of Computer Science
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
110 Frelinghuysen Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854-8019, USA

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Office: CBIM A