Sridhar Mahadevan



School of  Computer Science

Graduate Program Director

Co-Director, Autonomous Learning Laboratory

Action Editor, Journal of Machine Learning Research

Research Interests

Artificial Intelligence

Machine Learning

Markov Decision Processes

Reinforcement Learning

Representation Discovery


Spring 2013: Optimization for Computer Science


mahadeva AT

140 Governor’s Drive

Department of Computer Science

University of Massachusetts

Amherst MA 01003



My research has spanned many areas of artificial intelligence and machine learning in the past 20 years. A core interest in the past few years is on algorithms for learning low-dimensional representations of high-dimensional data. My recent work has focused on investigating representation discovery in a variety of settings, including decision-theoretic planning and reinforcement learning, transfer learning, natural language processing, and robotics. I am also investigating scalable online convex optimization methods, such as mirror descent, and their application to reinforcement learning and representation discovery.

I serve as the Graduate Program Director for the Department of Computer Science. Inquiries regarding the graduate program should go to Leeanne Leclerc, Graduate Program Manager,