Dave hacking away on the UC Campus. ;)
Actually I'm posing for a photo for this
(Photo taken by Peter DaSilva for the New York Times)
This site is largely out-of-date and is undergoing revision. I just
moved the site from UCB and many of the links may not work yet.
Who I am--- Howdy!
Among other things, I'm
currently about to file my PhD at UC Berkeley in the Computer Science Division. My
advisor is Stuart
Russell, and my thesis is entitled "State Abstraction for
Programmable Reinforcement Learning Agents".
I've now taken a job at a fantastic company, Bodymedia , located in
Pittsburgh, PA. BodyMedia makes wearable body monitors and
easy-to-use software that collect, store, process, and represent
accurate body data such as energy expenditure (calories burned), level
of activity, sleep states, and other important physiologic data. I'm
heading up their Machine Learning and Data Mining group that's
responsible for analyzing the data that the body monitors produce.
The domain presents a variety of fascinating machine learning and data
mining challenges and the company has a significant chance to make an
impact, so I'm pretty excited to have joined the team.
In addition to my academic pursuits in grad school, from 1996 until
2002 I was involved part time in a very interesting company, Blue Pumpkin Software. Blue
Pumpkin was recently named one of the top 100 new companies of the
year. We do workforce management software for call centers. I mostly
mostly researched and designed algorithms for skill-based workforce
scheduling. I also occasionally do side consulting projects in
artificial intelligence (as part of Andre Consulting or Two Pivots
Design and Consulting).
In a not too past life, I worked with John
Koza and Forrest Bennett at Genetic Programming Inc. on
applying Genetic Programming to difficult problems. A book describing
this research, entitled Genetic Programming III: Darwinian
Invention and Problem Solving, published by Morgan Kauffman, is
now available. Go here for
Academically, I am interested in learning, artificial intelligence, and
cognitive science. I would like to take what we know about how people learn
and develop and use this to aid AI research. Recently, I've become very
interested in long-term learning and the idea of using previously learned
information to make later learning tasks easier. I'm working on a variety
of projects in several areas, including hierarchical learning of behaviors,
reinforcement learning, the theory of evolutionary computation, and the
artifical evolution of electronic circuits. Also, I'm interested in developmental
ai, robotics, and children's development of language, theories, and concepts.
I'd like to work to create AI systems that interact in the world with humans
more easily and 'intelligently' than current systems do.
It is perhaps easiest to see what I do academically by looking at some
of my research projects.
Hierarchical Behavior Learning
Complex Motor Learning
Automatically synthesizing teams for Robocup (coming soon)
Generalized Stochastic Beam Search (coming soon)
Genetic Programming and Automatic Analog Circuit Design (coming soon)
Grad School Course Projects
Computer Science 294-5: Statistical Machine Learning (Jordan)
Computer Science 294-4: Computational Learning Theory
Computer Science 281: Machine Learning
Computer Science 267: Parallel Algorithms and Programming
Computer Science 252: Computer Architecture:
Other links about me
A brief employment
Things I've done for love of
My quest for
a perfect ascii caricature of myself
My first project for CS267, Spring 1998 is here
A very old picture of the house I grew up in
(or at least one of them).
A page for my first car, a beloved Honda Civic
that eventually was given to charity.
Some pictures of me (coming soon)
Other, less academic interests
Bridge, Chess, and Go (I'm __David_Andre__ on Yahoo games, and dandre
All the incarnations of "THE GAME" (Links coming soon!)
Lighting Design and Theatre
487 Soda Hall
544 ICSI, 1947 Center Street, Berkeley, CA
Grad Student, UC Berkeley, CS Division,
Room 387, Soda Hall, #1776
Berkeley, CA 94720-1776
mail at davidandre.com
dandre at cs.berkeley.edu
dandre at blue-pumpkin.com
dandre at stanfordalumni.org
Home: (510)-665-9247 (510-ONLYAIR)
Rugs pages: (rl) (cml)
(planned papers) (
km's rugs page) (
excite . google
slashdot . cnn
49ers . cora
ucb people: ang . jforbes
pasula . nando
sjr . kevin
ucb cs seminars
non ucb collaborators:
Parr . Nir Friedman . Richard
Dearden . Astro Teller .
Information on Genetic
Terra-cots computer and
Where I work:
Soda Hall, (CS Building), Berkeley
On This Island
-- Great photos of the set designed by Lisa Clark and I.
of a tornado in a big city.
My dad's department
at ISU has some new web addresses: Click here or here to get to the same place.