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Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Not the talk I expected

If I had to pick just one talk to attend today, I would go to "Networked Distributed POMDPs" by R. Patrascu, C. Boutilier, R. Das, J. Kephart, G. Tesauro, and W. Walsh. After all, I work on distributed POMDPs, and Craig Boutilier is an awfully smart guy.

I was really looking forward to this talk. So, I skipped out of the Game Theory session early and hurried over to Markov Decision Processes 2 in time to catch most of Yaxin Liu's (excellent) talk on risk-sensitive planning. Then, Craig plugged in his computer and up pops a slide that read:

Distributed Networked POMDPs
  • You can't do it.
  • Don't waste your time.
There was a typo in the program. Craig actually talked about autonomic computing.

Well, ok then. If I had to pick just one talk to attend today, I would go to "A Synthesis of Distributed Constraint Optimization and POMDPs" by R. Nair, P. Varakantham, M. Tambe, and M. Yokoo. If it turns out that Ranjit is actually talking about... oh, I don't know... neural nets, I'm going to be a little miffed.


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