Sridhar Mahadevan



College of Information and Computer Science

AAAI Fellow

Co-Director, Autonomous Learning Laboratory

Editorial Board, Journal of Machine Learning Research

Research Interests

Artificial Intelligence

Imagination Science

Machine Learning

Representation Discovery

Variational Inequalities



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UMass Administrative Assistant: Susan Overstreet


I am on leave from UMass, and in the San Francisco Bay Area.

I am currently developing a new framework for AI called imagination science, which studies the uniquely human capacity to ``mentally transcend time, place, and circumstance". I have recently given talks on the new framework at Google Brain (Mountain View), Stanford Computer Science Department, Adobe Research (San Jose), and IBM Almaden Research. I will be presenting a four hour tutorial on imagination machines at the 2018 IJCAI-ECAI conferences in Stockholm, Sweden, in July 2018.

Sridhar Mahadevan, Imagination Machines: A New Challenge for Artificial Intelligence, AAAI Conference, 2018 (received the Blue Sky Paper Award by the Computing Community Consortium).

I also co-direct the Autonomous Learning Laboratory (with Philip Thomas. My past research is summarized in the talks below.