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Thursday, April 12 • 2:45pm - 3:15pm
In Man's Image: Autonomy through Imitation Learning Almost Full

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When we dream about artificial intelligence, I conjecture that most of us do not imagine random forests being applied to business intelligence. The dream is artificial general intelligence (AGI)! A physical agent that can emulate the human mind. Unfortunately, the current belief is that AGI will not be seen until the mid-century (assuming the Earth and our economies are still functioning at that time.) So what can we do now? We can keep working to build AIs capable of autonomy in smaller tasks (such as sorting blocks or driving a car). Autonomous systems are a natural stepping stone to achieving AGI. If we cannot create systems that are capable of successfully performing our trivial tasks, how can we build an intelligence comparable to the human intellect? In that same vein, why don't we teach autonomy by our own example? What is more obvious than to teach an agent independence than by imitating the experts (i.e. us)?

This talk provides an introduction to imitation learning, a training technique that utilizes expert demonstrations to teach AI agents how to perform particular tasks. It begins with a brief explanation of reinforcement learning and its relationship to imitation learning for autonomous agents.  Then, there will be a discussion on popular imitation learning techniques and algorithms (such as behavioral cloning, DAgger, and one-shot imitation learning) and their benefits and tradeoffs. Using CARLA, a high-fidelity, open-source simulator for autonomous vehicle research, this presentation will provide examples of how well the different techniques actually work in practice. Lastly, it will wrap up with a discussion about why imitation learning does not solve the problem of autonomy, and what still needs to be done.

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Bryce Freshcorn

Senior AI Engineer, The MITRE Corp.
Bryce Freshcorn is an artificial intelligence engineer at the MITRE Corp. His current research interests are focused on computer vision applications for end-to-end modeling in autonomous systems and healthcare diagnostics. His other passion (born from his experiences in the defense... Read More →

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Capital One

Capital One is a diversified bank that offers a broad array of financial products and service to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. 
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S&P Global

S&P Global Inc. (prior to April 2016 McGraw Hill Financial, Inc., and prior to 2013 McGraw Hill Companies) is an American publicly traded corporation headquartered in New York City. Its primary areas of business are financial information and analytics. It is the parent company of... Read More →

Thursday April 12, 2018 2:45pm - 3:15pm EDT
Violet Crown - Theater 3