Steve(n) James

PhD Candidate and Associate Lecturer, University of the Witwatersrand
I'm a PhD student at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, where I've spent my entire academic career. I'm also part of the RAIL Lab research group. My research interests revolve around artificial intelligence, and reinforcement learning in particular. I'm currently interested in developing agents capable of learning symbolic state representations that can be transferred between tasks. I count myself extremely fortunate to be supervised by George Konidaris and Benjamin Rosman.

Latest News

We are currently organising the Deep Learning IndabaX Conference to be held in Durban, April 2019.

Our paper, Will it Blend? Composing Value Functions in Reinforcement Learning, was accepted for oral presentation to the 2nd Lifelong Learning: A Reinforcement Learning Approach (LLARLA) Workshop at FAIM in Sweden.

Our paper, Learning to Plan with Portable Symbols, was accepted for oral presentation to the 2018 Workshop on Planning and Learning at FAIM in Sweden.

My extended abstract was accepted to the 2018 IJCAI Doctoral Consortium to be held in July in Sweden.

I was one of four people to be awarded a Google Africa PhD Fellowship in 2018, and the first in Machine Learning in Africa.

I was awarded the PV Tobias Educational Bursary for academically excellent candidates.

March 2017