Shimon Whiteson

About Me

I am an assistant professor 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. To find out more about my research, check out my research page or see my publication list.


April 2014: I am hiring a postdoc to work on reinforcement learning for telepresence robotics as part of the  TERESA project.  For more details, see the job ad.

April 2014: Our paper Relative Upper Confidence Bound for the K-Armed Dueling Bandit Problem was accepted for publication in ICML-2014.

January 2014: CVZ Magazine, the magazine of the College voor Zorgverzekeringen, a Dutch healthcare agency, featured an interview with me (pp. 8-11; in Dutch) about TERESA, the EU-FP7 robotics project I am coordinating.

December 2013: Our paper Bounded Approximations for Linear Multi-Objective Planning under Uncertainty was accepted for publication in ICAPS-2014.

December 2013: Our paper Linear Support for Multi-Objective Coordination Graphs was accepted for publication in AAMAS-2014.

November 2013: Our paper Using Confidence Bounds for Efficient On-Line Ranker Evaluation was accepted for publication in WSDM-2014.

November 2013: On Saturday 23 November Het Parool (Amsterdam newspaper) featured an interview with me (in Dutch) about TERESA, the EU-FP7 robotics project I am coordinating.  The article also appeared on-line on Folia’s website.

September 2013:  Together with five other European partners, I have been awarded an EU grant (FP7-STREP) called TERESA to develop socially intelligent semi-autonomous telepresence robots. I will be coordinating the project starting in December.

July 2013: Our article A Survey of Multi-Objective Sequential Decision-Making was accepted for publication in the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research.