I am a visiting scholar at the Robotic AI and Learning Lab (RAIL) at the University of California, Berkeley, working with Sergey Levine and Tuomas Haarnoja on model-free reinforcement learning. I currently enjoy developing new reinforcement algorithms and applying reinforcement learning methods to real-world robotic tasks. I highly respect elegant, scalable, and reusable (open-source) software. Prior to joining RAIL, I received a Master's degree in Computer Science from Aalto University in Finland and worked at a small three-man startup, Statwing, which was later acquired by Qualtrics.

Education

M.Sc. Computer Science (5.0/5.0)

Aalto University
Espoo, Finland

Software technology, machine learning

Thesis: Performance Analysis of Packet Processing Systems (with distinction)

B.Sc. Computer Science

Aalto University
Espoo, Finland

Software technology, industrial management

Thesis: Methods for Adaptive User Interfaces (with distinction)

Publications

  • Tuomas Haarnoja*, Aurick Zhou*, Kristian Hartikainen*, George Tucker, Sehoon Ha, Jie Tan, Vikash Kumar, Henry Zhu, Abhishek Gupta, Pieter Abbeel, and Sergey Levine. Soft Actor-Critic Algorithms and Applications. arXiv preprint arXiv:1812.05905. 2018.

    paper | videos | code
  • Tuomas Haarnoja*, Kristian Hartikainen*, Pieter Abbeel, and Sergey Levine. Latent Space Policies for Hierarchical Reinforcement Learning. International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML). 2018.

    paper | videos | code

Research Experience

Visiting Scholar

Robotics and AI Lab, University of California, Berkeley. With Sergey Levine.

Research Assistant

Machine Learning for Big Data Group, Aalto University. With Alexander Jung.

Research Assistant

Embedded Systems Group, Aalto University. With Vesa Hirvisalo, Heikki Saikkonen.

Industry Experience

Software Engineer 2

Qualtrics, LLC.

Software Engineer

Statwing, Inc.

Data Scientist/Software Engineer

Wolt Enterprises Oy

Software Engineer

Statwing, Inc.

Projects

Voluteering

Board Member, Volunteer

Aalto Entrepreneur Society

Volunteer

Startup Life

Volunteer

Slush