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February 2022: Along with colleagues at Sony AI, I published a paper that appeared on the cover of Nature on Outracing Champion Gran Turismo Drivers with Deep Reinforcement Learning.

September 2021: The One Hundred Year Study on Artificial Intelligence (AI100), of which I'm chair of the Standing Committee, published "Gathering Strength, Gathering Storms:", the second AI100 Study Panel Report.

January 2021: I became an ACM Fellow.

May 2020: My 2008 article with Kurt Dresner introducing "A multiagent approach to autonomous intersection management" was awarded the IFAAMAS influential paper award.

July 2019: I began a 3-year term as President of the International RoboCup Federation.

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I am the founder and director of the Learning Agents Research Group (LARG) within the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory in the Department of Computer Science at The University of Texas at Austin, as well as associate department chair and Director of Texas Robotics.

I was a co-founder of Cogitai, Inc. and am now Executive Director of Sony AI America.

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.

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