Ph.D. (Computer Science, National University of Singapore, 2020)
M.Tech. (Information Technology, International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore, India, 2012)
B.E. (Computer Science & Engineering, BMS College of Engineering, India, 2007)
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Research Areas

  • Artificial Intelligence

Research Interests

  • Knowledge Transfer & Reinforcement Learning
  • AI Planning
  • Green Computing


Akshay Narayan is a lecturer at the School of Computing in NUS. He received his Ph.D. degree from NUS in 2020 and M.Tech from IIIT-Bangalore in 2012. Akshay teaches senior undergraduate/graduate level AI Planning and Decision Making and introductory Software Engineering modules at SoC. Akshay is broadly interested in AI planning, sequential decision making, and its applications. His current research is on transfer learning in reinforcement learning. Previously he has worked in the area of cloud computing. Some of his past projects include smart metering and chargeback as applied to cloud systems, incorporating power awareness in cloud metering, workload analysis for virtual machine sizing and location in private clouds, and QoS monitoring and response in cloud systems.

Current Projects

Selected Publications

  • Narayan, Akshay, and Tze Yun Leong. "Effects of Task Similarity on Policy Transfer with Selective Exploration in Reinforcement Learning." Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and MultiAgent Systems. 2019.

  • Narayan, Akshay, Zhuoru Li, and Tze-Yun Leong. "SEAPoT-RL: selective exploration algorithm for policy transfer in RL." Proceedings of the Thirty-First AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence. 2017.

  • Narayan, Akshay, Parvathy S. Pillai, Abhinandan S. Prasad, and Shrisha Rao. "Resource procurement, allocation, metering, and pricing in cloud computing." In Research Advances in Cloud Computing, pp. 141-186. Springer, Singapore, 2017.

  • Narayan, Akshay, and Shrisha Rao. "Power-aware cloud metering." IEEE Transactions on Services Computing 7, no. 3 (2014): 440-451.

  • Hershey, Paul C., Shrisha Rao, Charles B. Silio, and Akshay Narayan. "System of systems for quality-of-service observation and response in cloud computing environments." IEEE Systems Journal 9, no. 1 (2014): 212-222.

Awards & Honours

Teaching (2020/2021)

  • CS4246: AI Planning and Decision Making
  • PI2113T: Preparation for CS2113T
  • PI4246: Preparation for CS4246
  • CS5446: AI Planning and Decision Making
  • CS2113T: Software Engineering & Object-Oriented Programming
  • CS2113: Software Engineering & Object-Oriented Programming
  • PI5446: Preparation for CS5446