Chosen by an esteemed panel of Brown University faculty, Professor Michael Littman of Brown CS has just been given Brown's Distinguished Research Achievement Award. Now in its fourth year, the Research Achievement Award program is supported by the Office of the President and the Provost to nurture and recognize the extraordinary research contributions of faculty. Michael is the first Brown CS recipient of the award, which comes with a one-time $5,000 research stipend.
Littman earned his doctorate from Brown CS in 1996 and has been a member of the faculty since 2012. Currently co-directing Brown's Humanity-Centered Robotics Initiative, he works mainly in reinforcement learning, but has done research in machine learning, game theory, computer networking, partially observable Markov decision process solving, computer solving of analogy problems, and other areas.
Michael has earned multiple awards for teaching and research and has served on the editorial boards for The Journal of Machine Learning Research and The Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research. He served as General Chair of the International Conference on Machine Learning and Program Chair of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) Conference in 2013. He's also an AAAI Fellow and was Co-Chair of the recent Reinforcement Learning and Decision Making Conference, held last year in Montreal. Mostly recently, he was named an ACM Fellow and an AAAS Leshner Fellow.
More information about the Research Achievement Awards and the other winners is available here.
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