Steve(n) James

Senior Lecturer, University of the Witwatersrand
I'm a senior lecturer and member of the RAIL Lab research group at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. 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 have been supervised by George Konidaris and Benjamin Rosman.

Latest News

Our paper, Dynamics Generalisation in Reinforcement Learning via Adaptive Context-Aware Policies, was presented at the 2023 Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS).

Our paper, Synthesizing Navigation Abstractions for Planning with Portable Manipulation Skills, was presented at the Conference on Robot Learning.

Our paper, Overlooked Implications of the Reconstruction Loss for VAE Disentanglement, was presented at the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence.

Our paper, Automatic Encoding and Repair of Reactive High-level Tasks with Learned Abstract Representations, was published in The International Journal of Robotics Research.

Our paper, Procedural Content Generation using Neuroevolution and Novelty Search for Diverse Video Game Levels, was accepted to the 2022 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference.