TILOS Seminar: How Large Models of Language and Vision Help Agents to Learn to Behave

Roy Fox, Assistant Professor and Director of the Intelligent Dynamics Lab at UC Irvine

Abstract: If learning from data is valuable, can learning from big data be very valuable? So far, it has been so in vision and language, for which foundation models can be trained on web-scale data to support a plethora of downstream tasks; not so much in control, for which scalable learning remains elusive. Can information encoded in vision and language models guide reinforcement learning of control policies? In this talk, I will discuss several ways for foundation models to help agents to learn to behave. Language models can provide better context for decision-making: we will see how they can succinctly describe the world state to focus the agent on relevant features; and how they can form generalizable skills that identify key subgoals. Vision and vision–language models can help the agent to model the world: we will see how they can block visual distractions to keep state representations task-relevant; and how they can hypothesize about abstract world models that guide exploration and planning.

Roy Fox is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Irvine. His research interests include theory and applications of control learning: reinforcement learning (RL), control theory, information theory, and robotics. His current research focuses on structured and model-based RL, language for RL and RL for language, and optimization in deep control learning of virtual and physical agents.

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Mar 20 2024


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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Mar 20 2024
  • Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

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