Research

I’m Anthony Francis, and I design intelligent machines and emotional robots.

I currently work for Google Brain, focusing on robotics for reinforcement learning and reinforcement learning for robotics. My PhD research focused on contextual memory: how implicit context helps us retrieve and use information more appropriately.

This can include not just memory for facts, but memory for emotion: annotating experiences with the emotions they cause can be used to learn emotional responses that are appropriate for different situations.

My other research interests include programming language design, interactive fiction, natural language understanding, animal cognition, cognitive science, intelligent agents, and physics, particularly general relativity. For more information, check out the pages below: