I am a researcher at the Machine Intelligence and Perception group at Microsoft Research Cambridge. I am the research lead of Project Malmo, which uses the popular game Minecraft as an experimentation platform for developing intelligent technology. My long-term goal is to develop AI systems that learn to collaborate with people, to empower their users and help solve complex real-world problems.
Outside of Project Malmo, I work on online evaluation and interactive learning for information retrieval. This means that I try to understand how we can apply machine learning an artificial intelligence to develop more intelligent search and recommendation systems.
Before joining Microsoft Research, I completed my PhD in Computer Science as part of the ILPS group at the University of Amsterdam. I worked with Maarten de Rijke and Shimon Whiteson on smart search engines that learn directly from their users. My thesis on Fast and Reliable Online Learning to Rank in Information Retrieval can be downloaded from my personal homepage.