[Seminar] "Learning to navigate in dynamic environments"
Soaring birds often rely on ascending air currents as they search for prey or migrate across large distances. The landscape of convective currents is rugged and rapidly changing. How soaring birds find and navigate thermals within this complex landscape is unknown. Reinforcement learning provides an appropriate framework to identify an effective navigational strategy as a sequence of decisions taken in response to environmental cues. I wills discuss how to use it to train gliders to autonomously navigate atmospheric thermals, in silico and in the field.