Shimon Whiteson

About Me

I am an associate professor, ERC Starting Grant recipient, and VIDI laureate at the Informatics Institute at the University of Amsterdam.  I lead the Autonomous Agents section of the Intelligent Autonomous Systems group.  My research focuses on single- and multi-agent decision-theoretic planning and learning, including reinforcement learning, multi-agent planning, and stochastic optimization.


Current research efforts include multi-objective multi-agent planning, planning in decentralized partially observable Markov decision processes, and reinforcement learning for information retrieval. I am also the project leader and scientific coordinator for the TERESA Project. To find out more about my research, check out my research page or see my publication list.



News

April 2015: Our paper Bayesian Ranker Comparison Based on Historical User Interactions was accepted for publication in SIGIR-2015.


April 2015: Our paper Point-Based Planning for Multi-Objective POMDPs was accepted for publication in IJCAI-2015.


April 2015: The new website for the TERESA Project on semi-autonomous telepresence robots is now live.


February 2015: Our article Computing Convex Coverage Sets for Faster Multi-Objective Coordination was accepted for publication in the Journal of AI Research.


February 2015: Maarten de Rijke and I are hiring a PhD student for a project on machine learning for information retrieval in collaboration with Filip Radlinski at Microsoft Research Cambridge.  See the job ad for more details.


January 2015: Diederik Roijers and I will present a tutorial on Multi-Objective Decision-Making at IJCAI-15.


December 2014: I have been awarded an ERC Starting Grant by the European Research Council for a project entitled Coevolutionary Policy Search.


November 2014: Together with other members of the TERESA project, I am organizing a workshop at ICRA-2015 on Machine Learning for Social Robotics.


November 2014: Our paper Exploiting Submodular Value Functions for Faster Dynamic Sensor Selection was accepted for publication in AAAI-2015.


October 2014: Our paper MergeRUCB: A Method for Large-Scale Online Ranker Evaluation was accepted for publication in WSDM-2015.


September 2014: I am on sabbatical at UC-Irvine from 1 September 2014 - 31 May 2015.


September 2014: I have been promoted to associate professor (universitair hoofddocent).


August 2014: Our paper Multileaved Comparisons for Fast Online Evaluation was accepted for publication in CIKM-2014.


May 2014: I have been awarded a VIDI grant (personal grant for mid-career researchers) by the NWO (Dutch national science foundation) for a project entitled Coevolutionary Policy Search.