the founder and director of the
Learning Agents Research Group (LARG) within the
Intelligence Laboratory in the
Computer Science at
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 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