Prof. Jan Peters

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    Max-Planck Institute, Germany & University of Southern California, USC

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    Jan Peters is a full professor at Technische Universität Darmstadt, heading the Intelligent Autonomous Systems Group in the Department of Computer Science. Before this, he was a senior research scientist and head of the Robot Learning Lab (RoLL) at Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics (2007-2010) and Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (2010-2011) in Tuebingen, Germany. Currently, he still heads the RoLL lab as an adjunct senior research scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (2011-now). Jan Peters has received many awards, most notably, he has received the Dick Volz Best 2007 US PhD Thesis Runner Up Award, the 2012 Robotics: Science & Systems - Early Career Spotlight, the 2013 IEEE Robotics & Automation Society's Early Career Award, and the 2013 INNS Young Investigator Award.

    He holds a Ph.D. in computer science from University of Southern California (USC). He also holds four M.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering (Munich University of Technology), in informatics (Hagen University), in computer science (USC) and in Mechanical Engineering (USC). Peters has been a visiting Researcher at the Department of Robotics at the German Aerospace Research Center (DLR) in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, at Siemens Advanced Engineering (SAE) in Singapore, at the National University of Singapore (NUS), and at the Department of Humanoid Robotics and Computational Neuroscience at the Advanced Telecommunication Research (ATR) Center in Kyoto,Japan.

    Jan Peters has been awarded different scholarships during his studies: University of Southern California Presidential Fellowship and Siemens Student Scholarship to name but a few.

    His research interests include robotics, nonlinear control, machine learning, reinforcement learning, and motor skill learning.

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    Policy gradient methods. Scholarpedia, 5(11):3698. (2010).

    (Author profile by Madalina Erascu)

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