I am a 4th year PhD student at MIT CSAIL advised by Julie Shah. I also work closely with Pulkit Agrawal and Jacob Andreas. Before grad school, I spent two years as an AI Resident at Microsoft Research. I did my undergrad at Yale, where I played with robots with Brian Scassellati and read a lot of dead philosophers.

I’m interested in building agents that learn abstract knowledge 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 RL, robotics, and cognitive science.

A history buff at heart, I care deeply about creating a world where AI is used safely, ethically, and equitably. I prioritize connecting with non-academic communities, and have worked at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and 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.

I love being outdoors, even in the brutal Boston winters. A current goal is to run a sub-3:00 marathon (this is how I’m doing). Reach out to chat about research, policy, or running! Preferred subject line: Your cat is dope.

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  • Ph.D. Computer Science, 2023 -

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • M.S. Computer Science, 2023

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • B.S. Cognitive Science, 2018

    Yale University

  • B.A. Global Affairs, 2018

    Yale University

People Financially Invested in My Future

  • Open Philanthropy
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
  • Truman Scholarship
  • My parents

Recent News

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[Jul 2023] Gave an interview for The Inside View at ICML!

[Jul 2023] Our new preprint Open Problems and Fundamental Limitations of Reinforcement Learning from Human Feedback is out!

[Jul 2023] Co-organized the Interactive Learning from Implicit Human Feedback workshop at ICML 2023.

[Jun 2023] Started my internship at the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab.

[May 2023] Spoke alongside Congressman Bill Foster at the Aon AI Fireside Chat.

[May 2023] Gave a talk at the Yale for Humanity event on Artificial Intelligence, Ethics, and Society: Utilizing Technology for Good.


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