12 Aug 2021
Tim Rudner one of 4 winners of the Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship (Europe)
Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. has announced that Tim Rudner is one of 4 winners of the 12th edition of the Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship (QIF) Europe program. QIF is an annual program that focuses on recognising, rewarding, and mentoring the most innovative engineering PhD students across Europe, India, and the United States.
The Europe program rewards excellent young researchers in the fields of artificial intelligence and cybersecurity with individual prizes of $40,000, dedicated mentors from the Qualcomm Technologies team as well as the opportunity to present their work in person to an audience of technical leaders at the company’s HQ in San Diego.
Tim has been selected for his proposal: ‘A Fully Probabilistic Theory of Autonomous Decision Making’. Tim’s proposal is about developing a fully probabilistic framework for reinforcement learning to provide reliable and mathematically rigorous uncertainty quantification. In contrast to previous approaches, he proposes to treat both the learning process as well as the model components, such an agent’s policy, probabilistically. The approach will combine advances in probabilistic inference and modelling with probabilistic reinforcement learning. This will enable autonomous vehicles and machines to 'know what they know' as well as what they don’t know, and therefore to operate more safely and reliably.
Tim’s Twitter handle is @timrudner, and his website is https://timrudner.com