About Me

Blossom

I am a second year MS/PhD student in the Autonomous Learning Lab at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where I am co-advised by Phil Thomas and Lee Spector. Before attending UMass, I was a member of the Force Projection Sector at APL. I completed my undergraduate degree in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

My research areas are in reinforcement learning and genetic programming. In particular, I am interested in the development of self-organizing agents whose resulting structure allows for robust performance in complex environments. Currently, I am working on applications of fairness in the contextual bandit setting with high probability guarantees.

Contact information: bmetevier [at] cs [dot] umass [dot] edu

Publications

Metevier, B., A. K. Saini, and L. Spector. 2019. Lexicase Selection Beyond Genetic Programming. In Genetic Programming Theory and Practice XVI. New York: Springer. In press.

Personal

Apart from the grad student grind, I enjoy running, reading, and badminton. I love Hemmingway's theory of omission and Ursula Guin's alternative worlds, though in general I tend towards fantasy. I am also a fan of the DC universe, specifically the Teen Titans, and I follow a number of Japanese comics.