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Norm Ferns


My primary research has been in reinforcement learning, specifically in studying approximation, similarity, and explainability in Markov decision processes both in academic and industrial settings. More generally, I am interested in a variety of topics in mathematics and computer science, including artificial intelligence, machine learning, formal verification, and computational neuroscience.

My graduate studies were carried out at McGill University's Reasoning and Learning Lab under the supervision of Professor Prakash Panangaden and Professor Doina Precup. At PrakashFest in 2014, Professor Precup gave a very nice presentation typical of the work we did together.

More recently, I have been investigating applications of the reinforcement learning framework to team-based invasion sports at Sportlogiq. Here I am giving a broad overview of this work at the Montreal AI Symposium in 2017.

E-mail: norm [dot] ferns [at] normferns [dot] com

Selected Publications


I love spending time with my wife and kids - whether we're building Lego sets together or playing board games or solving puzzles or enjoying the adventures of Sharpe and Harper, it's just the best. I am also, in no particular order, interested in the follow: weight training and hiking, politics, digital trends, cult and horror films, and almost all things Spider-Man.

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