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Jakob Foerster


Jakob Foerster DPhil MSci BA MA

Associate Professor

Tutorial Fellow at St. Anne's College


Jakob Foerster started as an Associate Professor at the department of engineering science at the University of Oxford in the fall of 2021. During his PhD at Oxford he helped bring deep multi-agent reinforcement learning to the forefront of AI research and interned at Google Brain, OpenAI, and DeepMind. After his PhD he worked as a research scientist at Facebook AI Research in California, where he continued doing foundational work. He was the lead organizer of the first Emergent Communication workshop at NeurIPS in 2017, which he has helped organize ever since and was awarded a prestigious CIFAR AI chair in 2019.

His past work addresses how AI agents can learn to cooperate and communicate with other agents, most recently he has been developing and addressing the zero-shot coordination problem setting, a crucial step towards human-AI coordination. His work has been cited over 5000 times, with an h-index of 29.

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Research Interests

  • Multi-agent Learning
  • Deep Reinforcement Learning
  • Human-AI coordination
  • Machine Learning
  • Artificial Intelligence