Michael L. Littman

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Michael L. Littman [1]

Michael Lederman Littman,
an American mathematician, computer scientist and professor of CS at Brown University, and before at Rutgers University and Duke University. He received his Ph.D. in 1996 at Brown University on Algorithms for Sequential Decision Making under advisor Leslie P. Kaelbling [2] . His research interests focus on stochastic games and reinforcement learning along with the related Markov Models for decision making, such as Markov Chain, Hidden Markov Model (HMM), Markov Decision Process (MDP), and Partially Observable Markov Decision Process (POMDP).

Crossword Solver

During his time at Duke University in the late 90s, Michael L. Littman worked on an automated crossword solver Proverb [3] [4], which won an Outstanding Paper Award in 1999 from AAAI [5] [6] and competed in the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament [7] [8].

See also

Markov Models

Michael Littman's explanatory grid on Markov Models [9] :

Do we have control
over the state transitons?
Are the states
completely observable?
YES Markov Chain MDP

Selected Publications


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