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My name is Ran Taig, I’m a 3rd year PhD. Student in the field of automated building from Ben Gurion University in Israel.

My research focuses on utilizing compilation methods for probabilistic planning, As part of this research, I had a paper accepted for the AAAI’14 conference in Quebec. I was very happy to get accepted to SIGAI\AAAI doctoral consortium which took place before the main conference. As you may know, for an Israeli student, flying to participate a scientific event in the other side of the world is a very expensive task. SIGAI’s generous support made it possible for me and for that I’m very grateful. The possibility to participate an event in the size and importance of AAAI is nothing less than crucial for a student in my stage, The experience of presenting my paper in front of most important people in the community and the feedback from them is very valuable and helped me a lot in deciding how to complete my thesis.

The participation in the DC was a big extra value, first of all the event was unique and I had great fun exposing myself and get exposed to people in the same stage of research from all around the world. I take great benefits from this event, mainly the help for planning my professional future. I had the chance to get feedback and ask questions very experienced people form all stages of academic careers and by that, I gathered many meaningful information to build and understand what should be my next stages after the PhD,

I conclude with thanking SIGAI again for their support and with a very warm recommendation of this event to any future students.

Other experiences from students funded by SIGAI travel grants.