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Pedro A. Ortega

Postdoc
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
School of Arts and Sciences
University of Pennsylvania

About

I am a postdoc at the University of Pennsylvania. I got my PhD in Engineering from the University of Cambridge and my BSc/Diploma in Computer Engineering from the University of Chile. My background is mainly in Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science, and I study cybernetics.

This is Ludwig Boltzmann (no joke). Thanks Jordi!

Research Interests

I am a cyberneticist interested in the mathematical foundations of intelligent behaviour. I study the links between various topics such as Bayesian probability theory, information theory, stochastic control, theoretical economics, causality, statistical mechanics, ergodic theory and complexity theory. Other areas of interest are computational neuroscience, psychology and epistemology. Also, I'm a huge fan of minimalistic algorithms.

Free Energy Functional (it's also meant to be a puzzling pic)

Most of my work centers on information-theoretic and statistical mechanical approaches to learning and control, leading to contributions in bounded rationality models and recasting adaptive control as a causal inference problem. I have also worked on causal induction, and on game- and decision-theoretic models in computational neuroscience.

To get a sense of my work, please refer to:

News (on Twitter)

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Memory-efficient backpropagation through time https://t.co/lxFClO5OAT
About 23 hours, 53 mins ago by: Pedro A. Ortega (@AdaptiveAgents)

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Safe and efficient off-policy reinforcement learning https://t.co/DlW7ONhiPl
About 1 day, 5 hours ago by: Pedro A. Ortega (@AdaptiveAgents)

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Drifting Gaussian processes with varying neighborhood sizes for online model learning https://t.co/vX3FvH08Nn
About 1 day, 23 hours ago by: Pedro A. Ortega (@AdaptiveAgents)

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Spreadsheet Probabilistic Programming https://t.co/y3df6zd5xL
About 2 days, 5 hours ago by: Pedro A. Ortega (@AdaptiveAgents)

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Learning to learn by gradient descent by gradient descent https://t.co/dZjMMYju5j
About 2 days, 23 hours ago by: Pedro A. Ortega (@AdaptiveAgents)

Contact

Pedro A. Ortega
School of Arts and Sciences
University of Pennsylvania
Off. 304-C
3401 B&C, Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6241

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