Cornelius Weber

Cornelius Weber received the Diploma degree in physics, from the University of Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany, and the Ph.D. degree in computer science with the Technische Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany, in 2000.He is a Laboratory Manager with the Knowledge Technology Group, University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany. He was a Post-Doctoral Fellow of Brain and Cognitive Sciences with the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, USA. From 2002 to 2005, he was a Research Scientist of Hybrid Intelligent Systems with the University of Sunderland, Sunderland, U.K. He was a Junior Fellow with the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, until 2010. His current research interests include computational neuroscience with a focus on vision, unsupervised learning, and reinforcement learning.

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Brains rule the world, and brain-like computation is increasingly used in computers and electronic devices. Brain-like computation is about processing and interpreting data or directly putting forward and performing actions. Learning is a very important aspect. This book is on reinforcement learning which involves performing actions to achieve a goal. The first 11 chapters of this book describe and extend the scope of reinforcement learning. The remaining 11 chapters show that there is already wide usage in numerous fields. Reinforcement learning can tackle control tasks that are too complex for traditional, hand-designed, non-learning controllers. As learning computers can deal with technical complexities, the tasks of human operators remain to specify goals on increasingly higher levels. This book shows that reinforcement learning is a very dynamic area in terms of theory and applications and it shall stimulate and encourage new research in this field.

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