November 2019:I was named Executive Director of Sony AI America.
August 2019: My student Josiah Hanna successfully his
dissertation on "Data Efficient Reinforcement Learning with Simulated and Off-Policy Data."
He will be an assistant professor position in the Computer Science department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison beginning in Fall 2021.
July 2019: I began a 2-year term as President of the
International RoboCup Federation.
April 2019: I was honored to be named a 2019 Minnie Stevens Piper Professor.
December 2018: I was elected AAAS Fellow.
the founder and director of the
Learning Agents Research Group (LARG)
The University of
Texas at Austin
, as well as associate department chair and
chair of Texas Robotics
I was a co-founder of Cogitai, Inc.
and am now Executive Director of Sony AI
My main research interest in AI is understanding how we can best
create complete intelligent agents. I consider adaptation,
interaction, and embodiment to be essential capabilities of such
agents. Thus, my research focuses mainly on machine learning,
multiagent systems, and robotics
. To me, the most exciting research
topics are those inspired by challenging real-world problems. I
believe that complete successful research includes both precise, novel
algorithms and fully implemented and rigorously evaluated
applications. My application domains have included robot soccer,
autonomous bidding agents, autonomous vehicles, and human-interactive agents.