July 2021: We won first place at the the international RoboCup 2021 competition in the 3D simulation league with our team UT Austin Villa for the 9th time in 10 years.
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: We won first place at the the international RoboCup 2019 competition in the 3D simulation league with our team UT Austin Villa for the 8th time in 9 years.
July 2019: I began a 3-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.
July 2018: Shih-Yun Lo, Shiqi Zhang, and I won the Best Robotics Track Paper award at AAMAS 2018.
November 2017: I was elected IEEE Fellow.
August 2017: This year Matthew Hausknecht, Piyush Khandelwal, Katie Genter, and Patrick MacAlpine each received a Ph.D. Jivko Sinapov was hired as a professor at Tufts, and Stefano Albrecht was hired as a professor at the University of Edinburgh. Congratulations to all these LARG alumni!
July 2017: We won first place at the the international RoboCup 2017 competition in the 3D simulation league and third place in the RoboCup@Home Domestic Standard Platform League with our team UT Austin Villa.
September 2016: I published "Artificial Intelligence and Life in 2030", the first Study Panel Report of the One Hundred Year Study on Artificial Intelligence. In February 2017 I delivered a lecture about it at an event hosted by the Prime Minister of Finland.
May 2016: I was very honored to receive the ACM/SIGAI Autonomous Agents Research Award.
September 2015: I co-founded Cogitai, Inc. with Mark Ring and Satinder Singh.
October 2014: I was inducted into the UT Austin Academy of Distinguished Teachers and thereby given the title "University Distinguished Teaching Professor".
July 2014: I was program co-chair of the Twenty-Seventh AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI).
January 2012: We officially launched the Gates Building Prediction Market. Sign up now to bid for raffle tickets and help predict the date that our new building will open.
December 2011: The university announced that I will be promoted to Full Professor, effective September 2012. AAAI named me a AAAI Fellow effective July 2012.
December 2011: Shivaram Kalyanakrishnan and Juhyun Lee both successfully defendeded their dissertations on "Learning Methods for Sequential Decision making with Imperfect Representations" and "Robust Color-based Vision for Mobile Robots" respectively.
October 2009: Kurt Dresner successfully defended his dissertation on " Autonomous Intersection Management." He was awarded the Bert Kay Dissertation Award by the CS department, the Outstanding Dissertation Award in Math/Engineering/Sciences by the University, and runner up for IFAAMAS Distinguished Dissertation Award. [Project Page]
July 2009: David Pardoe, Doran Chakraborty, and I won first Trading Agent Competition on Ad Auctions with our agent TacTex-2009.
July 2009: Todd Hester, Michael Quinlan and I, along with Mohan Sridharan from Texas Tech, made the semifinals of the Standard Platform League at RoboCup 2009 with our team TT-UT Austin Villa. [details and video highlights]
May 2009: Todd Hester, Michael Quinlan and I, along with Mohan Sridharan from Texas Tech, won the 2009 US Open RoboCup competition with our team TT-UT Austin Villa. [details and video highlights]
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