Welcome to MaineSAIL, the Maine Software Agents and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. The laboratory, part of the School of Computing and Information Science, is the center of research in general artificial intelligence and multiagent systems at the University of Maine.

Broadly, the research in MaineSAIL falls into several AI focus areas: intelligent control of real-world agents; context-sensitive reasoning; and the organization and reorganization of multiagent systems. Our domain for projects in these areas tends o be controlling autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) and multi-AUV systems. In addition, other work in our lab focuses on computer science education, literate programming, and computational ecology. For information about all MaineSAIL projects, see our projects page.

The lab, founded in 1989 at the University of New Hampshire (as the Cooperative Distributed Problem Solving Research Group), was created in large part to involve students in research. This continues to be a strong focus of the lab now. In addition to graduate students, the lab provides research experience for undergraduates doing senior or honors projects, Work Merit experience, independent study projects, and, when funding permits, paid work as research assistants. If you are a student and would like to get involved with the lab, see the description of student research opportunities on our projects page.