Microsoft Research Summit 2021
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Research talk: Maia Chess: A human-like neural network chess engine

Even when machine learning surpasses human ability in a domain, there are many reasons why AI systems that capture human-like behavior would be desirable. For example, humans may want to learn and collaborate, or humans may need to interact with independent AI agents. A first step in aligning AI agents’ behavior to that of humans is creating agents that better understand human behavior. University of Toronto PhD student Reid McIlroy-Young will present his work, done in collaboration with Microsoft Research, building neural chess engines that can predict human behavior at different skill levels. Furthermore, these engines can be calibrated to target the decisions of specific players via fine-tuning. He will first discuss the value of studying the intersection of human and AI, and the results. He will also discuss where reinforcement learning was outperformed by a classification approach and conclude with a look at the benefits of having research that can be understood by a wide audience.

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Reinforcement Learning
Reid McIlroy-Young
University of Toronto

Reinforcement Learning