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Sergey Levine joins UW CSE faculty

slWe’re delighted to announce that Sergey Levine, who works at the intersection of robotics, machine learning, graphics, and animation, will join the UW CSE faculty.

Sergey pioneered the recent trend in using deep learning to create neural network controllers for animated characters and robots. His learning techniques enable robots to solve control tasks that have been elusive using traditional approaches. This past week he won the Best Robotic Manipulation Paper Award at ICRA, the IEEE flagship robotics conference, for his work on learning controllers for complex manipulation tasks.

Sergey received his Ph.D. in 2014 from Stanford University and joins CSE following a postdoc with Pieter Abbeel at UC Berkeley.

Welcome, Sergey!

(We had previously announced the recruiting this year of Ras Bodik, Sham Kakade, and Dan Ports. More news to follow!)