Andi Peng

PhD Student


Hi there! I am a 3rd year CS PhD student at MIT, co-advised by Pulkit Agrawal and Julie Shah in CSAIL Embodied Intelligence. I previously spent a summer at FAIR Robotics and two years as an AI Resident at Microsoft Research. I received a B.S. in Cognitive Science and B.A. in Global Affairs from Yale, where I played with robots with Brian Scassellati and read a lot of dead philosophers.

I’m interested in building agents that learn continuously from and with humans. To that end, I spend a lot of time thinking about how to align algorithmic representations with humans, whether that be through designing novel learning algorithms or questioning the theoretical foundations of agency, goals, and planning. I get most excited by work that unifies the RL and cognitive science communities.

A history buff at heart, I care deeply about creating a world where AI is used safely, ethically, and equitably. I believe in connecting with non-academic communities, and have worked at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and at Schmidt Futures on AI policy. I also serve on the advisory board of the Yale Jackson School of Global Affairs, where I co-teach a course on AI for policymakers.

In my free time, I love being outdoors, especially if it involves a mountain or a lake. A life goal of mine is to run a sub-3:00 marathon (this is how I’m doing). The best way to reach me is andipeng [at] mit [dot] edu. Preferred subject line: Your cat is dope.


  • Ph.D. Computer Science, 2020 -

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • B.S. Cognitive Science, 2018

    Yale University

  • B.A. Global Affairs, 2018

    Yale University

People Financially Invested in My Future

  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
  • Truman Scholarship
  • My parents


Aligning Robot Representations with Humans
Investigations of Performance and Bias in Human-AI Teamwork in Hiring
Human-Machine Collaboration for Fast Land Cover Mapping
An Integrated Machine Learning Approach To Studying Terrorism
Conceptual Feasibility Study of the Hyperloop Vehicle for Next-Generation Transport
Early Detection of Boko Haram Attacks in Nigeria