Weizhe (Wesley) Chen 陈伟哲

Welcome to my homepage! I am a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate at Indiana University - Bloomington, co-advised by Lantao Liu (Vehicle Autonomy and Intelligence Lab) and Roni Khardon (Machine Learning Research Group). I also spent a wonderful summer at Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories working with Diego Romeres on projects involving robot arms.

This is my fluffy friend – Caramel – playing around with the Crazyflie drone 😂. She listens attentively, touching, sniffing, and changing the angle of view to know more about the drone. Can robots exhibit such active information gathering behavior?

How does a robot (team) safely collect informative data to efficiently build an accurate model of an unknown function, e.g., environment, localization, or dynamics, under robot embodiment constraints?

To solve this safe and active robot learning problem, I work on uncertainty-aware machine learning and decision making under uncertainty.

  • Machine Learning: Gaussian Processes, Neural Networks, Bayesian Modeling and Inference
  • Decision Making under Uncertainty: (Partially Observable) Markov Decision Process, Reinforcement Learning, Informative Planning, Model-Predictive Control, Planning as Inference

I believe that communication and collaboration facilitate creativity, critical thinking, and responsible research. If you feel like getting in touch, please feel free to drop me an email: chenweiz[AT]iu.edu

If you are curious about my name, it consists of two Chinese characters — Wei(伟) Zhe(哲) — which means “great philosophy” and pronounces like “wager”. I also go by Wesley to make it easier 😜.

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