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I am currently a Postdoctoral scholar in Computer Science at Oregon State University working with Tom Dietterich. I received by Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of British Columbia with David Poole. I maintain the blog for the Institute for Computational Sustainability and I am one of the moderators of the Science on Google+, the largest general science community on Google+.

My research explores optimization algorithms appropriate for problems with spatial structure, particularly in computational sustainability domains. My thesis introduced a policy gradient optimization algorithm called Equilibrium Policy Gradients(EPG) for spatiotemporal domains. EPG utilizes a parametrized policy defined as the equilibrium distribution of a Markov chain built from local causal policies. A recent paper on my algorithm can be found on mendeley.

Other Interests:  machine learning, reinforcement learning, causal modelling, Bayesian Networks, inference in probabilistic graphical models, game theory, mechanism design, object oriented software design, logic programming.

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I am on the job market looking for an Assistant Faculty position in Computer Science. Feel free to contact me by email(<lastname> at eecs dot oregonstate dot edu), on Google+(+Mark Crowley) or on Twitter(@compthink).

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