Jay Modi Memorial Award

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Pragnesh Jay Modi (1975-2007) joined the Computer Science Department at Drexel University as an Assistant Professor in 2005 upon completing his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California and a post doctoral research position at Carnegie Mellon University. Professor Modi was an outstanding teacher and a rising star in the Artificial Intelligence (AI) community. He was selected as one of the top ten young AI researchers by the IEEE Intelligent Systems Advisory Board and received the prestigious NSF CAREER award. His dissertation, “Distributed Constraint Optimization for Multiagent Systems,” made several fundamental contributions to the field and is widely cited in the multiagent community. In recognition of his impact, the The International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems has named its outstanding student paper after him.

In the relatively short time Jay spent at Drexel, he was instrumental in building the Ph.D. program and the prestige of the department, college and Drexel university. In addition to his technical accomplishments, Jay was a valuable member of the Computer Science Department, the College of Engineering, Drexel University and his research community. He was a great friend and will be missed.

The Jay Modi Award is presented annually to a Computer Science Ph.D. student in recognition of academic excellence and the potential to become a leader in the field. The Jay Modi Award winner will be announced as part of the annual Jay Modi Memorial Lecture.

Award Winners

Jay Modi Lecturers

Those wishing to make a contribution to the Jay Modi Memorial Fund may do so by contacting Tuyet Sithiphavong by email at or by phone at 215-895-6385.

Questions should be directed to (215) 895-2669.