Andrew Barto is Professor Emeritus of Computer Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, having retired in 2012. He was Chair of the UMass Department of Computer Science from 2007 to 2011. He received his B.S. with distinction in mathematics from the University of Michigan in 1970, and his Ph.D. in Computer Science in 1975, also from the University of Michigan. He joined the Computer Science Department of the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1977 as a Postdoctoral Research Associate, became an Associate Professor in 1982, and has been a Full Professor since 1991. He is Co-Director of the Autonomous Learning Laboratory and an Associate Member of the Neuroscience and Behavior Program of the University of Massachusetts. His research centers on learning in natural and artificial systems, and he has studied machine learning algorithms since 1977, contributing to the development of the computational theory and practice of reinforcement learning. His current research centers on what psychologists call intrinsically motivated behavior, meaning behavior that is done for its own sake rather than as a step toward solving a specific problem. Recent work is aimed at allowing artificial agents to construct and extend hierarchies of reusable skills that form the building blocks for open-ended learning. He currently serves as an associate editor of Neural Computation, as a member of the Advisory Board of the Journal of Machine Learning Research, as a member of the editorial boards Adaptive Behavior, Frontiers in Decision Neuroscience, and Theoretical Computer Science-C: Natural Computing. Professor Barto is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Fellow and Senior Member of the IEEE, and a member of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence and the Society for Neuroscience. He received the 2004 IEEE Neural Network Society Pioneer Award for contributions to the field of reinforcement learning. He has published over one hundred papers or chapters in journals, books, and conference and workshop proceedings. He is co-author with Richard Sutton of the book "Reinforcement Learning: An Introduction," MIT Press 1998, and co-editor with Jennie Si, Warren Powell, and Don Wunch II of the "Handbook of Learning and Approximate Dynamic Programming," Wiley-IEEE Press, 2004.
Tuesday June 25, 2013