Özgür Şimşek is the Deputy Head of the Department of Computer Science, where she leads the Artificial Intelligence Research Group. From 2018 to 2020, she served as Deputy Director at IMI. Before joining the University of Bath in 2017, Özgür was a research scientist at the Center for Adaptive Behaviour and Cognition at the Max Planck Institute for Human Behaviour in Berlin, Germany. She received her PhD in Computer Science in 2008 from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Özgür’s research spans a broad range of areas in machine learning, including reinforcement learning, supervised learning, learning from small data sets, and bounded rationality. As part of her IMI fellowship, Özgür will develop applications of reinforcement learning in healthcare with IMI fellows Dr. Will Tillett and Dr. Raj Sengupta.