Ruo Yu (David) Tao
Computer Science Ph.D. Student @ Brown
Email: ruo_yu_tao "at" brown "dot" edu
I'm a PhD student researching reinforcement learning in the Intelligent Robot Lab at Brown University advised by George Konidaris. My current research interests and work are centered on agent-state and representation learning in partially observable environments for reinforcement learning. I also think eligibility traces are super neat.
Previous to this, I was a Computing Science M.Sc. (Thesis) student at the University of Alberta, co-advised by Adam White and Marlos C. Machado in the RLAI lab. Even further in my distant past, I was a First-class Honours and Dean's Honour List student studying Computer Science at McGill University. I was previously a research intern at both Mila and Microsoft Research.
If you're interested in collaborating on something, shoot me an email!
Novelty Search in Representational Space for Sample Efficient Exploration
Oral presentation, NeurIPS 2020
Towards Solving Text-based Games by Producing Adaptive Action Spaces
Oral presentation, WordPlay workshop NeurIPS 2018
TextWorld: A Learning Environment for Text-based Games
Computer Games Workshop IJCAI 2018
Ph.D. Student, 2022 - Current
Advisor: George Konidaris
Hons. B.Sc., 2016 - 2020
Undergraduate research advisor: Joelle Pineau.
First-Class Honors, Deans List.
National University of Singapore (NUS)
Over the summer/during the pandemic lockdown I was working on a research project advised by Lee Wee Sun on neural-based memory for RL and SLAM as a research assistant.
Mila (Quebec AI Institute)
At Mila, I was working on a research project in exploration in a model-based reinforcement learning setting starting in my final year of my undergraduate degree at McGill. The project is mentored by Vincent François-Lavet and advised by Joelle Pineau. Our paper on this was accepted to NeurIPS 2020 for an oral presentation. Check out our paper above!
Microsoft Research Montreal
During my time at Microsoft Research, I worked on reinforcement learning and natural language problems. I was advised by Marc-Alexandre Côté on projects including:
Adaptive text action spaces: see the above paper!
TextWorld: a reinforcement learning framework for agents to learn text-based games. Also see above!
Miscellaneous things about me
I have a cooking blog you should check out!
In a past life (and technically still), I was a lieutenant in the Singapore Armed Forces and a Combat Engineer by vocation. This has helped a lot when I need to come up with interesting facts about myself. My go-tos are: I'm certified to disarm IEDs and I have a tank license.
I spent my childhood and teenage years in Beijing - I would still call it home for me!
I make a really good matcha latte.
I love to climb!
I made my sister's website.