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Chris Towell

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I am currently a PhD candidate under the supervision of Sethu Vijayakumar. Before coming to Edinburgh I studied Maths/Computer Science at the University of Cambridge and subsequently spent several years as a commercial software developer. I have two MSc degrees in Informatics and Neuroinformatics from the University of Edinburgh. I am funded by the EPSRC and MRC under the Neuroinformatics DTC scheme. My research interests include statistical machine learning, intelligent robotics and computational neuroscience.

 

Contact

IPAB, School of Informatics,
University of Edinburgh
Informatics Forum, 1.43
10 Crichton Street
Edinburgh EH8 9AB

Email:C.C.Towell[@]sms.ed.ac.uk
Tel: (0131) 650-8281

Previous Research Projects

  • Informatics MSc: An empirical investigation of geodesic Gaussian bases for value function approximation. Supervisor: Sethu Vijayakumar
  • Neuroinformatics MSc: Extracting movement policies from human movement data. Supervisor: Sethu Vijayakumar

Publications

  • Towell, C., Howard, M., and Vijayakumar, S.,
    "Learning Nullspace Policies",
    Proc. IEEE/RSJ Intl. Conf. on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2010), Taiwan (2010). [pdf] [video]
  • Sugiyama, M., Hachiya, H., Towell, C. and Vijayakumar, S.,
    "Geodesic Gaussian kernels for value function approximation",
    Autonomous Robots, vol.25, no.3, pp. 287-304, 2008.
  • Sugiyama, M., Hachiya, H., Towell, C. and Vijayakumar, S.,
    "Value Function Approximation on Non-Linear Manifolds for Robot Motor Control",
    Proceedings of 2007 IEEE Conference on Robots and Automation, pp.1733-1740, Rome, Italy, Apr. 10-14, 2007.
  • Sugiyama, M., Hachiya, H., Towell, C. and Vijayakumar, S.,
    "Geodesic Gaussian kernels for value function approximation",
    Proceedings of 2006 Workshop on Information-Based Induction Sciences, pp.316-321, Osaka, Japan, Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2006.

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