Introduction to Reinforcement Learning

What we’ll do

Reinforcement learning is on the bleeding edge of what we can do with AI.

Specifically, the combination of deep learning with reinforcement learning has led to AlphaGo beating a world champion in the strategy game Go, it has led to self-driving cars, and it has led to machines that can play video games at a superhuman level.

Reinforcement learning has been around since the 70s but none of this has been possible until now. We’ve seen that reinforcement learning is an entirely different kind of machine learning than supervised and unsupervised learning. Supervised and unsupervised machine learning algorithms are for analyzing and making predictions about data, whereas reinforcement learning is about training an agent to interact with an environment and maximize its reward. Unlike supervised and unsupervised learning algorithms, reinforcement learning agents have an impetus – they want to reach a goal.

In this session, we will have a guest speaker, Ravi, an expert in RL, to lead us explore this new wonderland of machine learning.


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