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  1. Autonomous soaring – AI on the fly

    The past few years have seen tremendous progress in reinforcement learning (RL). From complex games to robotic object manipulation, RL has qualitatively advanced the state of the art. However, modern RL techniques require a lot for success: a largely deterministic stationary environment, an accurate resettable…
    May 7, 2019 by Andrey Kolobov
  2. Minimizing gaps in information access on social networks while maximizing the spread

    Lots of important information, including job openings and other kinds of advertising, are often transmitted by word-of-mouth in online settings. For example, social networks like LinkedIn are increasingly used as a way of spreading information about job opportunities, which can greatly affect people’s career development.…
    May 6, 2019 by Benjamin Fish
  3. Getting efficient with “What-happens-if …”

    Causal inference studies the relationship between causes and effects. For example, one kind of question that causal inference can answer is the “What-happens-if …” question. What happens if I take a specific medication? What happens if I raise the price of a product? What happens…
    February 1, 2019 by Adith Swaminathan and Emre Kiciman