Justin Svegliato

Bio

I'm a PhD student at UMass Amherst under Shlomo Zilberstein interested in building autonomous systems that can operate in natural, partially observable, stochastic domains for long periods of time.

Recently, I won a Distinguished Paper Award at AAAI, received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, and was a Distinguished Teaching Award Finalist at UMass Amherst.

At a high level, I focus on ethical compliance, reliable execution, and efficient planning in autonomous systems.

Ethical Compliance

How can an autonomous system encode a given ethical theory?
How can an autonomous system comply with a given ethical theory?

Reliable Execution

How can an autonomous system recover from exceptional scenarios?
How can an autonomous system maintain and restore safe operation?

Efficient Planning

How can an autonomous system determine when to interrupt its planner?
How can an autonomous system tune the hyperparameters of its planner?

Education

University of Massachusetts Amherst
MS in Computer Science May 2019
PhD in Computer Science Expected September 2021
PhD Candidate with Distinction
Marist College
BS in Computer Science and Philosophy with a Mathematics Minor May 2014
4.0 GPA Valedictorian Summa Cumme Laude

News

Apr 2021 AIES accepted our paper that introduces moral communities into ethically compliant planning! Mar 2021 SoCS accepted our paper that investigates the benefits of randomly adjusting the weight of anytime A*! Feb 2021 ICRA accepted our paper that solves large MDPs with partial state abstractions! Feb 2021 Our paper on ethically compliant sequential decision making won a Distinguished Paper Award at AAAI! Feb 2021 I defended my dissertation proposal! Dec 2020 AAAI accepted our paper that proposes ethically compliant sequential decision making! Jul 2020 The AREA workshop at ECAI accepted our paper that improves competence in autonomous systems. Jul 2020 ECAI accepted my doctoral consortium paper that outlines my dissertation on metareasoning. Jun 2020 The AISafety workshop at IJCAI accepted our paper that proposes ethically compliant autonomous systems. Jun 2020 The DynamicSlam workshop at ICRA accepted our paper that introduces agent-aware state estimation. Jan 2020 ICRA accepted our paper that uses model-free metareasoning to decide when to stop anytime planners! Jan 2020 AAMAS accepted our paper that introduces competence-aware systems! Jan 2020 ECAI accepted our paper that integrates decision making and ethics in autonomous systems! Jun 2019 IROS accepted our paper that uses belief space metareasoning for exception recovery! Jan 2019 I was a finalist for the Distinguished Teaching Award for teaching assistants. Dec 2018 I passed my qualifying exam with distinction! I'm a PhD candidate now. Nov 2018 I'm the primary inventor on a patent for self-driving cars! Jun 2018 The AEGAP workshop at IJCAI accepted our paper that introduces adaptive metareasoning. May 2018 The AI4IoT workshop at IJCAI accepted our paper that applies belief-space planning to information security. Apr 2018 IJCAI accepted our paper that uses model-based metareasoning to decide when to stop anytime planners! Apr 2018 My advisor and I received funding for our NSF grant on adaptive metareasoning! Apr 2018 I was awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship! Check out the article. Feb 2018 I got an internship with Nissan this summer! I'll be working on their self-driving cars.

Timeline

2016 – Now UMass Amherst MS/PhD Student in Computer Science Summer 2018 Nissan Research Intern in Autonomous Driving 2015 – 2016 Goldman Sachs Software Developer in Big Data 2015 – 2016 Marist College Research Assistant in Distributed Graph Databases 2014 – 2015 Goldman Sachs Software Developer in Network Engineering 2013 – 2015 Marist College Software Developer in Stimulus-Response Testing 2013 – 2014 OmniTech Software Developer in Machine Learning 2012 – 2014 Goldman Sachs Software Developer Intern in Network Engineering 2010 – 2012 Marist College Web Developer at www.marist.edu Summer 2011 Marist College Teaching Assistant at Summer Game Design Institute 2010 – 2014 Marist College Double Major in Computer Science and Philosophy with a Mathematics Minor