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Westfield State University graduate’s research is published in Illuminate

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WestfieldWestfield State University alumnus Christian Biseinere ’19, recently had his research conducted as a student published in Illuminate, the journal of the Northeast Regional Honors Council.

Steve Bou Ghosn, Ph.D., and Ruth Kurniawati, Ph.D., assistant professors of computer science, assisted Biseinere with this research, titled “Exploring Reinforcement Learning Algorithms in a Multi-Agent Snake Environment.” Dr Bou Ghosn acted as the project advisor while Dr. Kurniawati served as the second reader.

During this project, Biseinere studied and compared artificial intelligence reinforcements, particularly Proximal Policy Optimization (PPO) and Trust Region Policy Optimization (TRPO). Through applying these to the snake game, the behavior of the snake could be studied to determine which of these reinforcements functions best for similar situations in the future.

Biseinere appreciates the opportunity to have his work published. “I am excited that my research will reach a wider audience through its publication in Illuminate,” said Biseinere. “Being published is also a nice recognition of the work that went into my project. This particular publication is special to me because this is the first edition of Illuminate and it brings back memories of presenting this project at the North East Regional Honors Conference, where I first heard about Illuminate.”

Biseinere received his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Westfield State in May. He is a junior software developer at LLumin in West Springfield, MA. There, he creates custom software solutions for asset and materials management for enterprises.

Founded in 1839 by Horace Mann, Westfield State University is an education leader committed to providing every generation of students with a learning experience built on its founding principle as the first public co-educational college in America to offer an education without barrier to race, gender or economic status. This spirit of innovative thinking and social responsibility is forged in a curriculum of liberal arts and professional studies that creates a vital community of engaged learners who become confident, capable individuals prepared for leadership and service to society. For more information on Westfield State University, visit,, or


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