Ian Gemp

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Ian Gemp
CS 266 (ALL)
Department of Computer Science
University of Massachusetts
140 Governor’s Drive
Amherst MA 01003
imgemp at cs dot umass . edu

I am a PhD candidate in the School of Computer Science at UMass Amherst where I work with Sridhar Mahadevan as part of the Autonomous Learning Laboratory (ALL) on topics concerning , , , , and .

Selecting the "best" option.
Consider the case where "best" means lowest altitude - find the longitude and latitude of the location with lowest altitude on a contour map.
A point of balance between competing forces.
This encompasses topics such as predator-prey models in biological systems, supply and demand in microeconomics, and even optimization (think about the force of gravity pulling a ball to the point of lowest altitude in a region).
Learning a strategy to maximize a reward.
Imagine teaching a dog a trick or task by feeding it a treat each time it succeeds. Eventually, the dog learns what it needs to do to earn the treat. This area of machine learning draws inspiration from both biology and psychology.
Multiple agents and their environment.
This includes any situation where multiple humans, robots, etc are engaged in a scenario, whether it be competitive, cooperative, or neither so long as their actions affect each other either directly or through the shared environment. It's nearly impossible to think of a situation in real life where this is not the case. As an example, consider two people competing in a game of rock-paper-scissors.
Reducing the number of dimensions.
Dimensionality refers to the number of dimensions, features, attributes, etc (think columns on an excel sheet), so dimensionality reduction just means reducing the number of columns such that you still have enough information on the spreadsheet to complete your task but hopefully much faster now that there's less data to process.


MS, PhD (CS)
Univ of Massachusetts
... Amherst MA
2016, 2018*

Northwestern Univ
... Evanston IL

Northwestern Univ
... Evanston IL

High School
... Houston TX


UMass Amherst
Amherst MA
... Research Assistant
2013 - current

Adobe Research
San Jose CA
Data Science Intern
Summer+Fall 2016

Capgemini SA&I
Chicago IL
... Consultant

Northwestern Univ
Evanston IL
... Research Assistant

UT Medical Center
Houston TX


Research Assistant
Summer 2008/2009