I am an Assistant Professor at Ryerson University. Previously I was an Applied Research Scientist at Element AI. I am interested in artificial intelligence, particularly in the areas of automated planning, heuristic search, knowledge representation, reinforcement learning, and game-playing agents. See the links to the left for a list of publications.
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You can also find me on LinkedIn.
January 2022 - Teaching a first-year class at Ryerson University
January 2022 - Teaching a grad class on Heuristic Search at Ryerson University
January 2022 - Paper on Reward Machines published in JAIR
August 2021 - Paper appearing at IJCAI on incorporating random exploration into bounded suboptimal search
January 2021 - Starting as an Assistant Professor at Ryerson University
February 2020 - Teaching a course on Reinforcement Learning for the Queen's Master of Management in AI Program.
December 2019 - Paper appearing at NeurIPS on learning and exploiting reward machines.
October 2019 - Presented the DeepStack paper to the AI Socratic Circles meetup.
August 2019 - Giving a talk at Amii on our project at Element AI, and work with colleagues at UofT.
August 2019 - Paper appearing at IJCAI on using formal languages for RL task specification.