I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Toronto Metropolitan University and a Faculty Affiliate at the Vector Institute. 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.
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August 2023 - Reward Machines paper won the 2023 IJCAI-JAIR Best Paper Prize
August 2023 - Paper on Learning Reward Machines published in AIJ
June 2023 - Named as a Faculty Affiliate at the Vector Institute
January 2023 - Teaching a first-year class on programming at Toronto Metropolitan University
September 2022 - I have been named as a distinguished PC Member for IJCAI-ECAI for being in the top 3% of reviewers
September 2022 - Teaching a grad class on Heuristic Search at Toronto Metropolitan University
September 2022 - Teaching a third year class on Artificial Intelligence at Toronto Metropolitan University
January 2022 - Teaching a first-year class at Toronto Metropolitan University
January 2022 - Teaching a grad class on Heuristic Search at Toronto Metropolitan 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 Toronto Metropolitan University University
February 2020 - Teaching a course on Reinforcement Learning for the Queen's Master of Management in AI Program.