I am interested in a broad range of topics under the umbrella of Artificial Intelligence spanning Combinatorial Search and Optimization, Knowledge Representation and Probabilistic Inference. I have a passion for integrating techniques from other research areas such as Machine Learning. This has enabled me not only to develop truly novel approaches producing state of the art results, but also to engage in exciting cross-disciplinary collaborations; I am eager to continue along these lines. Moreover, several technlogies have already been transferred to industrial project and products (e.g., Microsoft Solver Foundation).