I am an assistant professor in the Computer Sciences Department at the University of Wisconsin -- Madison. I study a branch of machine learning called reinforcement learning (RL). Reinforcement learning allows autonomous agents to learn to complete sequential decision making tasks given only a reward signal and interaction with their environment. The goal of my research is to develop and apply reinforcement learning algorithms that are effective with a limited amount of task interaction time. My long-term research goal is developing AI systems that can quickly master new tasks with a small number of attempts at the task.