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.
I am on the job market.
I research the foundations of Machine Learning and Cybernetics. I study the links between various topics such as Bayesian probability theory, information theory, stochastic control, 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 (see Dijkstra's quote further down).
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:
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|2015, Jul 23-25||CogSci @ Pasadena|
|2015, Aug 20||MIT @ Boston|
|2015, Aug 25-26||NSF-WS Learning, Perception & Control @ Washington DC|
|2015, Sep 1-3||EU-WS Info. & Decision Making @ London|
|2015, Sep 4||NCSML @ Warwick|
|2015, Sep 7||CBL @ Cambridge|
|2015, Sep 8||Gatsby @ London|
|2015, Sep 9||Microsoft Research @ Cambridge|
|2015, Sep 10||MLRG @ Oxford|
|2015, Sep 11||Deepmind @ London|
|2015, Sep 12-19||Tuebingen, Heidelberg & Zürich|
|2015, Dec 7-12||NIPS @ Montreal|
|Learning Dynamics in Economic Games http://t.co/0mBUdet3VE |
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|Practical probabilistic programming with monads http://t.co/03sB172Cfj |
About 5 days, 14 hours ago by: Pedro A. Ortega (@AdaptiveAgents)
|Musical Meter Modulates the Allocation of Attention across Time http://t.co/vUdBZYlNfL |
About 5 days, 20 hours ago by: Pedro A. Ortega (@AdaptiveAgents)
|On Nash Equilibrium and Evolutionarily Stable States That Are Not Characterised by the Folk Theorem http://t.co/yI79VwtAoC |
About 6 days, 20 hours ago by: Pedro A. Ortega (@AdaptiveAgents)
|Unbounded Bayesian Optimization via Regularization http://t.co/huy2ivYiby |
About 1 week ago by: Pedro A. Ortega (@AdaptiveAgents)
Pedro A. Ortega
Department of Engineering
University of Pennsylvania
Off. 209, Moore Building
200 S. 33rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Email: ope [AT] seas.upenn.edu
“Man is the measure of all things: of things which are, that they are, and of things which are not, that they are not” —Protagoras
“Simplicity is a great virtue but it requires hard work to achieve it and education to appreciate it. And to make matters worse: complexity sells better.” —Dijkstra (1984) On the nature of Computing Science (EWD896)
“It seems that perfection is attained not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing more to remove.” —Antoine de Saint Exupéry (1939) Terre des Hommes