Muhammad Burhan Hafez

Researcher in Machine Learning and Robotics

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I am currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Knowledge Technology Group at Universität Hamburg, with Prof. Stefan Wermter. My research lies at the intersection of machine learning, robotics, and motor neuroscience, with a focus on robot motor learning. I investigate the role of the biological principles of self-organization and intrinsic motivation and the neurocognitive mechanisms of meta-decision making, strategy selection, and adaptive integration of model-based and model-free control in enabling robots to efficiently acquire new skills. My research interests include:

  • Neural Networks

  • Reinforcement Learning

  • Cognitive Robotics

Announcements & News:

  • Jul 2022 - New paper on cross-modal self-supervised robot learning was accepted to IROS 2022.

  • Jul 2021 - My paper titled "Behavior Self-Organization Supports Task Inference for Continual Robot Learning" was accepted to IROS 2021.

  • Apr 2021 - Our paper titled "Improving Model-Based Reinforcement Learning with Internal State Representations through Self-Supervision" was accepted to IJCNN 2021.

  • Nov 2020 - My article titled "Improving robot dual-system motor learning with intrinsically motivated meta-control and latent-space experience imagination" was published in Robotics and Autonomous Systems.

  • May 2020 - I successfully defended my PhD thesis "Intrinsically Motivated Actor-Critic for Robot Motor Learning" with magna cum laude.

  • Dec 2019 - Invited talk on "Robot Motor Learning with Intrinsically Motivated Actor-Critic" at TU-Delft, the Netherlands.