School of Computer Science

Brief Biography

Daniel D. Corkill

Dan Corkill is a Senior Research Scientist in Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is a member of the Knowledge Discovery Laboratory. Corkill's research focus is combining software systems and individuals into effective collaborating processes and organizations. He has extensive research and commercial experience in blackboard systems, distributed AI and multi-agent systems, AI control and integration architectures, high-level information fusion, agent-based sensor networks, and organizational design and coordination. His Ph.D. dissertation was the first research to explore the use of organizational self-design and coordination in multi-agent systems.

Corkill was founder and President of Blackboard Technology Group, which specialized in commercial blackboard-system software (GBB) and collaboration-technology research. At Blackboard Technology Group, he helped develop GBB applications in many domains, including the Radarsat-I mission control system (operating continuously since November 1995) and a decision-support system to assist human operators in assessing and managing problems in life support systems for long-term NASA space missions. GBB received Object Magazine's Editors Choice award in 1996. In 1998, Blackboard Technology Group merged with Knowledge Technologies International and, as Chief Scientist, Corkill directed research & development of advanced decision-support technology for managing highly dynamic automotive and aerospace design processes.

He directs the GBBopen Project (, which is providing high-performance, blackboard-system and collaborating-agent technology as open source.

Prior to forming Blackboard Technology Group, Corkill was Associate Research Professor in Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1983. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Nebraska Lincoln in 1975 and 1976.

Last updated: May 13, 2015