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Josiah Hanna

jphanna [at] cs.wisc.edu
Computer Sciences Department
University of Wisconsin -- Madison

I am an assistant professor in the Computer Sciences Department at the University of Wisconsin -- Madison. Previously, I was a research associate in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh working with Stefano Albrecht. Before that, I completed my PhD in the Learning Agents Research Group in the Computer Science Department at the University of Texas at Austin where I worked with Peter Stone.

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 to develop AI systems that can quickly master a new task with a small number of attempts at the task.