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GeekWire Reviews James MacGlashan And Michael Littman's Work With Training Virtual Agents Like Dogs

As use of robots becomes widespread, the day is quickly approaching when the average owner, faced with the task of training a robot, may possess little or no programming ability. A team of researchers, including Research Scientist James MacGlashan and Professor Michael Littman of Brown University's Department of Computer Science (Brown CS), have proposed ...

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"What we're finding is that any kind of computational challenge that is sufficiently well defined, we can build a machine that can do better. We can build machines that are optimized to that one task, and people are not optimized to one task,” says professor Michael Littman of Brown University’s Department of Computer ...

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Michael Littman Stars In A Television Commercial That Will Reach Millions Of Viewers Nationwide

“Ordinary people are being empowered,” says Professor Michael Littman of Brown University’s Department of Computer Science, “in a way that makes the experts unnecessary.” Coming from a thought leader whose research is helping create household gadgets that can be programmed in a user-friendly and natural way, it's not an unusual statement. 

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"My biggest concern at the moment," Brown CS Professor Michael Littman says, "is that we as a society find a way of valuing people not just for the work they do." He was recently featured alongside other colleagues in an MSN article on job automation, and his response steps outside the usual questions of processor ...

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Michael Littman Interviewed By Business Insider About Robot Myths

When robots develop feelings, they're probably going to be hurt when they read this article.

According to leading artificial intelligence experts, their field is widely misperceived by the general public, perhaps due to movie treatments where vengeful robots decide to turn on their human masters and conquer the planet. In an attempt to set ...

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Read More: The Growth Of CS At Brown

Since its founding in 1979, Brown University's Department of Computer Science has created a pioneering community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni. To read more about the development of the department over the years, click on these links:

Watch Video From Celebrate With Andy: 50 Years Of CS At Brown

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Ian Gonsher Featured In MAKE Magazine

Ian Gonsher, who currently co-teaches CSCI1951-C Designing Humanity Centered Robots with Michael Littman, has just been featured in MAKE magazine. Ian and Michael's course focuses on using iterative design to develop robots for solving tasks that help people, and it appears to have been at least a partial inspiration for the article. Using various ...

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 Michael Littman Named To DARPA ISAT Study Group

Brown University's Department of Computer Science is proud to announce that Professor Michael Littman has just been named to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Information Science and Technology (ISAT) study group for a three-year term.

The group brings 30 of the brightest scientists and engineers together to identify new areas of development ...

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Michael Littman Quoted By The Libertarian Republic On The Risks Of AI

Here's a provocative question: "What do actual AI researchers think of the risks of AI?"

Ramez Naam of The Libertarian Republic notes that Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking, and Bill Gates have all expressed recent concern about "killer AI" scenarios despite having a lack of AI expertise. Instead, he turns to Michael Littman of Brown ...

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Michael Littman Wins IFAAMAS Influential Paper Award
Professor Michael Littman of Brown University's Department of Computer Science has just won the International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (IFAAMAS)'s Influential Paper Award for work ("Markov games as a framework for multi-agent reinforcement learning") originally published at the Proceedings of the Eleventh International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML) in 1994 ...