Faraz Torabi
faraztrb at cs dot utexas dot edu

I am a third year PhD student in the Institute of Computaional Engineering and Sciences (ICES) at the University of Texas at Austin. Currently, I am a member of the Learning Agents Research Group (LARG) led by Peter Stone in the Computer Science Department.

I received a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering at Sharif Univeristy of Technology. As an undergraduate student I was a part of Nanorobatics group led by Hossein Nejat Pishkenari. I also received a bachelor degree in Civil Engineering where I worked on Molecular Dynamics (MD) modeling of cement with Amir R. Khoei.

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  • 04/16/2018: Our paper, Behavioral Cloning from Observation, got accepted to IJACI-2018.
  • 12/15/2017: I received my Masters degree in Computational Science, Engineering, and Mathematics.


I am interested in reinforcement learning and imitation learning, particularly in how to use already existing resources to train agents. I am currently focused on learning to imitate skills from raw video observation.

Behavioral Cloning from Observation
Behavioral Cloning from Observation
Behavioral Cloning from Observation
Faraz Torabi, Garrett Warnell, Peter Stone
Interantional Joint Conference on Artificial intelligence (IJCAI), 2018
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We propose a two-phase, autonomous imitation from observation technique called behavioral cloning from observation (BCO). We allow the agent to acquire experience in a self-supervised fashion. This experience is used to develop a model which is then utilized to learn a particular task by observing an expert perform that task without the knowledge of the specific actions taken.

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