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October 24, 2016

NSF Supports Roberts’ Research on I-Learning

Dr. David Roberts, associate professor of computer science at NC State University, has been awarded $70,043 by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support his research proposal entitled “EAGER:  Formal Models of Trainer Feedback for I-Learning Theoretical Guarantees.”
The award will run from August 15, 2016 through July 31, 2017. 
Abstract – Machine learning from feedback is a well-studied problem. If robots and software systems can successfully adapt, they can remain useful in changing environments, in situations unanticipated at design time, and can take direction from human users. This proposal contributes a new algorithm, Income Learning (I-learning), that is designed to thrive in these scenarios. The emphasis of the work will be on theoretical and empirical analyses of how I-learning and existing temporal difference methods (that maximize the expected reward) differ in performance on a variety of tasks, and how I-learning is better able to take advantage of human teaching.
For more information on Dr. Roberts, click here.

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