Prof. Pulkit Agrawal

Steven G (1968) and Renee Finn Career Development Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Primary DLC

Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

MIT Room: 32-386D

Recent Work

  • Video

    Pulkit Agrawal - 2019 RD Conference

    November 20, 2019Conference Video Duration: 38:24

    Continually Evolving Machines: Learning by Experimenting

    An open question in artificial intelligence is how to endow agents with common sense knowledge that humans naturally seem to possess. A prominent theory in child development posits that human infants gradually acquire such knowledge through the process of experimentation. According to this theory, even the seemingly frivolous play of infants is a mechanism for them to conduct experiments to learn about their environment. Inspired by this view of biological sensorimotor learning, I will present my work on building artificial agents that use the paradigm of experimentation to explore and condense their experience into models that enable them to solve new problems. I will discuss the effectiveness of my approach and open issues using case studies of a robot learning to push objects, manipulate ropes, finding its way in office environments and an agent learning to play video games merely based on the incentive of conducting experiments.

    2019 MIT Research and Development Conference