Multi-Objective Decision Making Tutorials

Many real-world planning tasks require making decisions that involve multiple possibly conflicting objectives. To succeed in such tasks, intelligent agents need planning and/or learning algorithms that can efficiently find different ways of balancing the trade-offs that such objectives present. In the tutorials and lectures on multi-objective decision making we have given over the years, we provide an introduction to decision-theoretic planning and learning in the presence of multiple objectives: we first present an overview of multi-objective decision-theoretic formalisms, and show that different assumptions about these problems lead to different solution concepts such as the convex hull and the Pareto front; then, we provide a examples of state-of-the-art planning algorithms for multi-objective decision problems such as multi-objective Markov decision processes (MOMDPs) and multi-objective partially observable MDPs (MOPOMDPs). We also discuss what is beyond our problem taxonomy, and applications of multi-objective decision making.

Online Video: The tutorial I gave together with Shimon Whiteson on "Multi-objective Planning under Uncertainty" at ICAPS 2016 in June is now available on YouTube.

Material of the lectures and tutorials

The slides for the guest lecture on "Multi-Objective Sequential Decision Making" for the Algorithms for Planning and Scheduling course at Delft University of Technology (September 2016) are available here: [slides].

The material for the EASSS 2016 tutorial: "Multi-Objective Decision Making" (MODeM) together with Shimon Whiteson is available here: [slides]

The slides for the ICAPS 2016 tutorial "Multi-Objective Planning under Uncertainty" together with Shimon Whiteson are available here: [slides]

This is the material for the IJCAI 2015 tutorial: "T15: Multi-Objective Decision Making" together with Shimon Whiteson: [slides].

The slides for the guest lecture on "Multi-objective decision problems" for the Advanced Topics in Autonomous Agents course at the University of Amsterdam (April 2015) are available here : [slides].