Department of Computing Science
University of Alberta
Canada T6G 2E8
Office: 311 Athabasca Hall
Email: szepesva AT cs DOT ualberta DOT ca
Phone: (780) 492-8581
Fax: (780) 492-6393
Who am I?
Faculty at the Department of Computing Science,
one of the 10 PIs
at AICML (the Alberta Innovates Centre for Machine Learning)
member of Reinforcement Learning and Artificial Intelligence
- (coming in October 2015) With Sandra, I am the local organizer of ALT/ DS 2015, which will be held in Banff. Come join us for some fun time!
- (September 2015) Four papers accepted at NIPS, yay!
- (August 2015) I gave a tutorial on reinforcement learning, at the Machine Learning Summer School in Kyoto, Japan. The lecture slides are here:
- (July 2015) I gave a keynote at EWRL on "Lazy Posterior Sampling for Parametric Nonlinear Control". slides
- (July 2015) I gave an invited talk on "Online learning and prediction on a budget" at the ICML 2015 Workshop on Resource-Efficient Machine Learning. slides
- (July 2015) I gave a talk on our IJCAI'15 paper, "Fast Cross-Validation for Incremental Learning" at Deepmind. slides
- (June-July 2015) I gave some talks at the Online learning summer school, Copenhagen. This was a lot of fun! Topics included Linear Bandits, Linear UCB, Generalized Linear Bandits, Combinatorial Bandits, Partial Monitoring, Thompson sampling for MDPs.
- (June 2015) I gave an invited talk (slides) on "How to Explore to Maximize Future Return" at AI 2015 Despite the crazy timing (the conference dates totally coincided with the NIPS deadline!) I was happy to come as Yaoliang also showed up to get his award as the author of the best PhD thesis in AI in 2015 in Canada! Congrats Yaoliang, well done!!
- (March 2015) I gave a 3-part tutorial on "Online learning" at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) of Madras at the Workshop on Advances in Reinforcement Learning.
- (March 2015) I gave a talk on "Exploiting Symmetries to Construct Efficient MCMC Algorithms" at Waterloo. slides
- (January 2015) Distinguished lecture at UBC on "Learning to Make Better Decisions: Challenges for the 21st Century". slides
- Prospective grad students who are interested in joining the Statistical Machine Learning degree specialization program, which is a joint program between our department and the MathStat department should look here. Further info here.
- Here is some advice for present and future grad students.
- Responding to an "emergency situation", back in 2008 I have spent a few hours by searching on the IEEE website to collect recent references on applications of RL. Here are the results which are now linked to the page on Successes of RL. See also Satinder's similarly titled page here.