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Benjamin Rosman

Associate Professor of Machine Learning and Robotics, University of the Witwatersrand

Benjamin Rosman is an Associate Professor in the School of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics at the University of the Witwatersrand, where he runs the Robotics, Autonomous Intelligence and Learning (RAIL) Laboratory and is the Director of the National E-Science Postgraduate Teaching and Training Platform (NEPTTP). He received his Ph.D. in Informatics from the University of Edinburgh in 2014, and previously obtained his M.Sc. in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Edinburgh. He also has a B.Sc. (Hons) in Computer Science and a B.Sc. (Hons) in Applied Mathematics, both from the University of the Witwatersrand. His research interests focus primarily on reinforcement learning and decision making in autonomous systems, in particular how learning can be accelerated through abstracting and generalizing knowledge gained from solving related problems. He additionally works in the area of skill and behavior learning and transfer for robots. He currently serves as the Chair of the IEEE South African joint chapter of Control Systems, and Robotics and Automation. He is a founder and organizer of the Deep Learning Indaba. He was a 2017 recipient of a Google Faculty Research Award in machine learning, and in 2018 he was accredited as a Faculty Member for Singularity University, South Africa.

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