Dylan Robert Ashley

Dylan Robert Ashley
Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence | IDSIA

Master of Science
PhD student studying reinforcement learning with Jürgen Schmidhuber.

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Introduction
Most of my research focuses on various topics related to a particular branch of Artificial Intelligence called Reinforcement Learning, though I’m interested in Machine Learning more broadly.

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We present AlphaChute: a state-of-the-art algorithm that achieves superhuman performance in the ancient game of Chutes and Ladders. We prove that our algorithm converges to the Nash equilibrium in constant time, and therefore is -- to the best of our knowledge -- the first such formal solution to this game. Surprisingly, despite all this, our imple...
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Catastrophic forgetting remains a severe hindrance to the broad application of artificial neural networks (ANNs), however, it continues to be a poorly understood phenomenon. Despite the extensive amount of work on catastrophic forgetting, we argue that it is still unclear how exactly the phenomenon should be quantified, and, moreover, to what degre...
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Transfer in Reinforcement Learning (RL) refers to the idea of applying knowledge gained from previous tasks to solving related tasks. Learning a universal value function (Schaul et al., 2015), which generalizes over goals and states, has previously been shown to be useful for transfer. However, successor features are believed to be more suitable th...
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Artificial life (A-life) simulations present a natural way to study interesting phenomena emerging in a population of evolving agents. In this paper, we investigate whether allowing A-life agents to select mates can extend the lifetime of a population. In our approach, each agent evaluates potential mates via a preference function. The role of this...
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This paper investigates estimating the variance of a temporal-difference learning agent's update target. Most reinforcement learning methods use an estimate of the value function, which captures how good it is for the agent to be in a particular state and is mathematically expressed as the expected sum of discounted future rewards (called the retur...
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This paper investigates estimating the variance of a temporal-difference learning agent's update target. Most reinforcement learning methods use an estimate of the value function, which captures how good it is for the agent to be in a particular state and is mathematically expressed as the expected sum of discounted future rewards (called the retur...

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