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Peter  Stone

Peter Stone

Head of Sony AI America, Leading AI Scientist, Robotics Soccer Pioneer & Co-Founder of Cogitai, Inc.


Peter Stone is the founder and director of the Learning Agents Research Group (LARG) within the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory in the Department of Computer Science at The University of Texas at Austin, as well as associate department chair and chair of the University's Robotics Portfolio Program. He is also an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, Guggenheim Fellow, AAAI Fellow, Fulbright Scholar, and President, COO, and co-founder of Cogitai, Inc. Recently, Stone became the head of Sony AI America. Read More >

Stone co-authored the papers that first proposed the robot soccer challenges around which Robocup was founded. He is a Vice President of the International RoboCup Federation and was a co-chair of RoboCup-2001 at IJCAI-01. Peter Stone was a Program Co-Chair of AAMAS 2006, was General Co-Chair of AAMAS 2011, and was a Program Co-Chair of AAAI-14. He has developed teams of robot soccer agents that have won RoboCup championships in the simulation (1998, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017), in the standard platform (2012) and in the small-wheeled robot (1997, 1998) leagues. He has also developed agents that have won auction trading agents competitions (2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013.)

His main research interest in AI is understanding how we can best create complete intelligent agents. He considers adaptation, interaction, and embodiment to be essential capabilities of such agents. Thus, his research focuses mainly on machine learning, multiagent systems, and robotics. To him, the most exciting research topics are those inspired by challenging real-world problems. He believes that complete successful research includes both precise, novel algorithms and fully implemented and rigorously evaluated applications. His application domains have included robot soccer, autonomous bidding agents, autonomous vehicles, autonomic computing, and social agents. Read Less ^

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Speech Topics

The Future of AI & Robotics

Professor Stone has been at the forefront of the AI research community for more than a quarter of a century, and in 2016 published the first Study Panel Report of the One Hundred Year Study on Artificial Intelligence. Hear his well-informed perspective on future trends in the field, both from and academic and a business point of view.

Can Robots Beat Elite Soccer Players? A Winning Approach to AI

Professor Stone currently serves as the President of the International RoboCup Federation, which pursues the long-term challenge of creating a humanoid team of robots that can beat the (human) World Cup champion soccer team on a real soccer field by the year 2050. His teams have won the annual competition numerous times. Learn about his experiences pursuing this grand challenge for the past 25 years, and his views on prospects for the future.

The Intersection of Automated Vehicles & AI

Now that all the major automobile companies are pursuing the development of fully autonomous vehicles, Professor Stone has retired the car that he successfully entered in the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge. However he continues to lead the thinking about what the world will be like once all, or most, of the cars on the road are autonomous. He is particularly well-known for his work on autonomous intersection management. Hear his perspective on the possibilities this technology can bring with regards to efficiency of our transportation networks.