UTCS: The 2007 Visions of Computing Lecture Series ACES 2.302 Monday November 5 2007 4:30 p.m.

Contact Name: 
Jenna Whitney
Date: 
Nov 5, 2007 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Type of Talk: UTCS 2007 Visions of Computing Lect

ure Series

Speaker Name: Dr. Peter Stone Associate Professor and <

br>Dr. Fred Chang Research Professor

Speaker Affiliation: Departme

nt of Computer Sciences

Date/Time: Monday November 5 2007 4:30 p

.m.

Location: ACES 2.302

Host: UTCS

Talk Title: The
2007 Visions of Computing Lecture Series

Talk Abstract:
Learning
and Multiagent Reasoning for Autonomous Agents
Dr. Peter Stone

O

ne goal of Artificial Intelligence is to enable the creation of robust ful

ly
autonomous agents that can coexist with us in the real world. Such a

gents
will need to be able to learn both in order to correct and circu

mvent their
inevitable imperfections and to keep up with a dynamically

changing world.
They will also need to be able to interact with one anot

her whether they share
common goals they pursue independent goals or

their goals are in direct
conflict. This talk will present current resea

rch directions in machine learning
multiagent reasoning and robotics

and will advocate their unification within
concrete application domains.
Ideally new theoretical results in each separate
area will inform pra

ctical implementations while innovations from concrete
multiagent applic

ations will drive new theoretical pursuits and together
these synergis

tic research approaches will lead us towards the goal of fully
autonomou

s agents.

Perspectives on Cybersecurity
Dr. Fred Chang

Bot

nets identity theft malware data breaches rootkits -- the list goes on.

These are items that have unfortunately become all too common in ever

yday
conversation. The landscape for cybersecurity has changed dramatic

ally over
the past few years. This brief talk will provide a current as

sessment of the
state of cybersecurity and will discuss some key challe

nges ahead for
cybersecurity researchers.

Speaker Bio:
Dr

. Peter Stone is an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow and Associate Professor

in the Department of Computer Sciences at the University of Texas at Au

stin.
He received his Ph.D in Computer Science in 1998 from Carnegie Mel

lon
University. From 1999 to 2002 he was a Senior Technical Staff Membe

r in the
Artificial Intelligence Principles Research Department at AT&T

Labs -
Research. Peter''s research interests include machine learning

multiagent
systems robotics and e-commerce. In 2003 he won a CAREER

award from
the National Science Foundation for his research on learning

agents in
dynamic collaborative and adversarial multiagent environment

s. In 2004 he
was named an ONR Young Investigator for his research on

machine learning
on physical robots. Most recently he was awarded the
prestigious IJCAI 2007
Computers and Thought award.

Dr. Fred Cha

ng currently holds the position of Research Professor in the
Department

of Computer Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. He is
the for

mer Director of Research at the National Security Agency. Previously
he
was with SBC Communications where he held a variety of executive
posit

ions including President - Technology Strategy SBC Communications;
Pr

esident & CEO SBC Technology Resources Inc.; and Vice President
Netw

ork Engineering and Planning SBC Advanced Solutions Inc. He began
his

professional career at Bell Laboratories.

Dr. Chang has been awarde

d the National Security Agency Director’s
Distinguished Service Me

dal. He is a member of the Computer Science and
Telecommunications Board
of the National Academies and is the past
Chairman of the Board of the

Austin Technology Council. He received his B.A.
degree from the Universi

ty of California San Diego and his M.A. and Ph.D.
degrees from the Univ

ersity of Oregon. He has also completed the Program
for Senior Executive

s at the Sloan School of Management at the
Massachusetts Institute of Te

chnology.