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Pedro A. Ortega

Research Scientist
Google DeepMind

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


I am a Research Scientist in the AI Safety Group at DeepMind. My research focuses on the formal principles of intelligent systems covering aspects such as learning, planning and decision making in both machines and biological organisms. My approach lies at the intersection between machine learning, computational neuroscience, theoretical economics, and physics.

Research Interests

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:

I was part of the former Tuebingen group on Sensorimotor Learning and Decision Making, where some of the now widespread ideas on Thompson sampling, causality, and thermodynamic methods for reinforcement learning have originated. Check out its members' sites:

Travel Schedule

Date Where Title
Jan 6-8, 2017 Pacific Grove, California Beneficial AI 2017
Jan 25, 2017 FHI, Oxford -
Mar 3, 2017 FHI, Oxford -
Mar 17-26, 2017 Philadelphia -
May 12, 2017 Columbia University, New York Talk at Information Processing and Behavioral Variability

News (on Twitter)

Timeline of @AdaptiveAgents

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Perspective: Energy Landscapes for Machine Learning
About 15 hours, 15 mins ago by: Pedro A. Ortega (@AdaptiveAgents)

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RT @NandoDF: Watch The Evolution Of Bacteria In This Crazy Time Lapse Video - cool video with diverse branching tre…
About 20 hours, 50 mins ago by: Pedro A. Ortega (@AdaptiveAgents)

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Independence clustering (without a matrix)
About 21 hours, 15 mins ago by: Pedro A. Ortega (@AdaptiveAgents)

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RT @maosbot: I'm thrilled at the opportunity to work with the excellent people at the @LeverhulmeCFI!
About 1 day, 11 hours ago by: Pedro A. Ortega (@AdaptiveAgents)

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RT @nalkalchbrenner: NIPS RNN Symposium recordings are now uploaded @rupspace It was a fun Q&A
About 4 days, 5 hours ago by: Pedro A. Ortega (@AdaptiveAgents)


Pedro A. Ortega
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DeepMind 6th Floor
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London N1C 4AG

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