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  • CS Colloquium: Erdem Bıyık (Stanford University) - Learning Preferences for Interactive Autonomy

    Mon, Mar 21, 2022 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

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    Speaker: Erdem Bıyık , Stanford University

    Talk Title: Learning Preferences for Interactive Autonomy

    Series: CS Colloquium

    Abstract: In human-robot interaction or more generally multi-agent systems, we often have decentralized agents that need to perform a task together. In such settings, it is crucial to have the ability to anticipate the actions of other agents. Without this ability, the agents are often doomed to perform very poorly. Humans are usually good at this, and it is mostly because we can have good estimates of what other agents are trying to do. We want to give such an ability to robots through reward learning and partner modeling. In this talk, I am going to talk about active learning approaches to this problem and how we can leverage preference data to learn objectives. I am going to show how preferences can help reward learning in the settings where demonstration data may fail, and how partner-modeling enables decentralized agents to cooperate efficiently.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium

    Biography: Erdem Bıyık is a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Electrical Engineering department at Stanford. He has received his B.Sc. degree from Bilkent University, Turkey, in 2017; and M.Sc. degree from Stanford University in 2019. He is interested in enabling robots to actively learn from various forms of human feedback and designing altruistic robot policies to improve the efficiency of multi-agent systems both in cooperative and competitive settings. He also worked at Google as a research intern in 2021 where he adapted his active robot learning algorithms to recommender systems.

    Host: Heather Culbertson

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 105

    Audiences: By invitation only.

    Contact: Assistant to CS chair

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