While reinforcement learning has led to promising results in robotics, defining an informative reward function often remains challenging. In this talk, I will give an overview about different reward learning approaches and how they can be used for learning robotics policies in practice. In particular, I will present an efficient hierarchical reinforcement learning approach for learning how to grasp objects from preferences. Furthermore, I will show how inverse reinforcement learning can be used to learn flocking behavior of birds, which could potentially be used for apprenticeship learning of robot swarms.
Today is International Women’s Day. In celebration of this yearly event, we met with some of our female students to find out the projects they’re undertaking as part of their studies at the School of Computer Science, University of Lincoln UK.
After being recognised for its commitment to advancing women’s careers in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine), the University of Lincoln achieved a Bronze Award in 2014 as part of the Athena SWAN Charter.
In addition, the women in science, engineering and technology group (WiSE@Lincoln) was set up at the University in 2012 to coordinate and deliver sustained support, guidance, training and inspiration for the Lincoln women in science, engineering and technology. The WiSE group is headed up by the Eleanor Glanville Centre, an interdisciplinary centre for inclusion, diversity and equality at the University of Lincoln.
You can find out more about some of our female students’ research below!
International Women’s Day (March 8th) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. International Women’s Day (IWD) has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD run by the Suffragettes in 1911. IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group or organisation specific.
Mark Pastuszka, student at the School of Computer Science received his Master’s degree qualification and was also presented with a School Award, at the University of Lincoln’s Graduation in January 2018.
Mark originally joined the University of Lincoln, enrolling on the BSc Computer Science programme. After his successful graduation, he decided to continue his education with the University, studying the MSc Computer Science course. Both programmes are currently accredited by the British Computer Society.
As well as receiving his Master’s level qualification, Mark was also presented with Award for Most Significant Contribution to the School of Computer Science – a well deserved accolade, Mark undertook a dedicated role as Student Ambassador for the School, along with many other supporting roles throughout his time at Lincoln.
Delighted to have been singled out for success, Mark said, “Now I’ve finished my courses, I’ve recently started as a Software Developer at Impero Software in Nottingham.
I know it sounds a bit cliché but, honestly, the past four years at the University of Lincoln have been the best years of my life so far- Lincoln has helped make me who I am today. It was a life changing experience, I learnt so much, found a career path that I love, and made life long friends.”
A huge congratulations to Mark and we will enjoy keeping in touch with him as his career progresses!
Our Computer Science Undergraduate and MSc programmes are currently accredited by the British Computer Society, and the University of Lincoln is also affiliated with the Institution of Analysts and Programmers – find out more here.