Hendrik Baier is an Assistant Professor in the Information Systems group at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). He is interested in creating agents that are able to succeed in a wide range of complex decision-making tasks, in order to help human users solve real-world problems. To achieve this, his research focuses on planning, required for acting towards long-term goals; on learning, required for acting in unknown environments; and on the explainability of planning and learning, required for successful human-AI interaction. In collaborative projects with industry, Hendrik transfers fundamental research on planning and learning into practice, in sectors such as logistics and transportation, smart manufacturing, and sustainable energy.
I'm interested in AIs that think ahead - and can explain how and why.
Hendrik Baier received his MSc in Cognitive Science from Osnabrück University, Germany, and his Ph.D. in AI from Maastricht University, Netherlands. His Ph.D. focused on planning and search - the search for an optimal strategy in a given problem, or just for a good next action to take - using board and video games as testbeds. Before he joined TU/e in 2022, Hendrik worked in the Intelligent and Autonomous Systems group at CWI Amsterdam, where he is still an affiliated researcher; as research associate for artificial intelligence and data analytics at Digital Creativity Labs in York, England; and as research fellow in artificial intelligence in the Advanced Concepts Team of the European Space Agency in Noordwijk, Netherlands.
Value targets in off-policy AlphaZeroNeural Computing and Applications (2022)
Online Planning in POMDPs with Self-Improving SimulatorsarXiv (2022)
Novelty and MCTS2021 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference, GECCO 2021 (2021)
ME-MCTS30th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, IJCAI 2021 (2021)
Current Educational Activities
- Visiting Researcher, Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica