Bruno Castro da Silva

Ph.D. Candidate
Autonomous Learning Laboratory
Department of Computer Science
University of Massachusetts Amherst

140 Governors Drive
Amherst, MA 01003-9264 U.S.A.

bsilva at cs dot umass dot edu




I am a graduate student at the Autonomous Learning Laboratory working under the supervision of Andrew Barto.

I am interested in methods for automatically discovering reusable motor skills in robots. I have recently introduced techniques for solving entire distributions of optimal decision-making problems from very few samples. I am also interested in algorithms for efficiently exploring large state spaces.

In the Summer of 2014 I worked at Adobe Reseach, where I developed large-scale optimization techniques for the construction of high-performance features for digital marketing optimization.

In the past year I have been collaborating with Prof. Victor Lesser on the problem of designing organizationally adept agents and on coordinating learning through emergent distributed supervisory control.

In the Summer of 2011 I worked with Gianluca Baldassarre at the Laboratory of Computational Embodied Neuroscience, in the Istituto di Scienze e Tecnologie della Cognizione, in Rome, on the problem of learning motor skills in a humanoid robot.

In 2007 I completed my Masters Degree in Computer Science under the supervision of Prof. Ana Bazzan at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. During my MSc. I worked on algorithms for dealing with non-stationary environments in reinforcement learning problems. I completed my B.S. in Computer Science cum laude at that same university in 2004.

Here is my curriculum vitae.


Some publications

  1. da Silva, B.C.; Konidaris, G.; Barto, A.G.
    Active Learning of Parameterized Skills.
    Proceedings of the 31st International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML 2014). Beijing, China, 2014.

  2. da Silva, B.C.; Baldassarre, G.; Konidaris, G.; Barto, A.G.
    Learning Parameterized Motor Skills on a Humanoid Robot.   [video].
    Proceedings of the 2014 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2014). Hong Kong, China, 2014.

  3. da Silva, B.C.; Konidaris, G.; Barto, A.G.
    Learning Parameterized Skills.
    Proceedings of the 29th International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML 2012). Scotland, 2012.

  4. da Silva, B.C.; Barto, A.G.
    TD-Δπ: A Model-Free Algorithm for Efficient Exploration.
    Proceedings of the 26th Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI 2012). Canada, 2012.

  5. da Silva, B.C.; Barto, A.G.; Kurose, J.
    Designing Adaptive Sensing Policies for Meteorological Phenomena via Spectral Analysis of Radar Images.
    Technical Report UM-CS-2012-006, Department of Computer Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst. USA, 2012.

  6. Corkill, D.; Zhang, C.; da Silva, B.C.; Kim, Y.; Zhang, X.; Lesser, V.
    Biasing the Behavior of Organizationally Adept Agents.
    Proceedings of the 12th International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2013). USA, 2013.

  7. Bazzan, A.L.C.; Oliveira, D., da Silva, B.C.
    Learning in Groups of Traffic Lights.
    Journal of Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence. 2010.

  8. da Silva, B.C.; Basso, E.W.; Bazzan, A.L.C.; Engel, P.M.
    Dealing with Non-Stationary Environments using Context Detection.
    Proceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML 2006). USA, 2006.

  9. da Silva, B.C.; Basso, E.W.; Bazzan, A.L.C.; Engel, P.M.
    Improving Reinforcement Learning with Context Detection.
    Proceedings of the 5th International Joint Conference On Autonomous Agents And Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2006). Japan, 2006.

  10. da Silva, B.C.; Oliveira, D.; Basso, E.W., Bazzan, A.L.C.
    Adaptive Traffic Control with Reinforcement Learning.
    Proceedings of the 4th Workshop on Agents in Traffic and Transportation (ATT 2006). Japan, 2006.

  11. da Silva, B.C.; Bazzan, A.L.C.; Oliveira, D.; Lopes, F.; Andriotti, G.
    ITSUMO: an Intelligent Transportation System for Urban Mobility.
    Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer-Verlag, 2004.

  12. Almeida, L.; da Silva, B.C.; Bazzan, A.L.C.
    Towards a physiological model of emotions: first steps.
    Proceedings of the 2004 AAAI Spring Symposium Series. USA, 2004.