- I completed my postdoctoral research at the MIT Media Lab and am excited to be exploring options for my next step.
- Will co-chair the AAAI-2015 Robotics Program (with George Konidaris)
- Behavioral and Physiological Signatures of Reflective Exploratory Choice published in Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience
- Computationally modeling interpersonal trust published in Frontiers in Psychology
- Best Paper at ICSR 2013 for work on applying TAMER to teach robotic tasks (see the video below)
- Taught Fall 2013 course Interactive Machine Learning in the MIT Media Lab
- Named to AI’s 10 to Watch, a list created every two years by IEEE Intelligent Systems of AI researchers who defended their dissertations in the last few years
I conduct research on intersections of (1) the control of robots and other agents, (2) machine learning (reinforcement learning in particular), (3) human-computer interaction, and (4) computational models of human behavior for cognitive science research. I’m primarily interested in human interaction with machine learning algorithms, especially when the human fills a teaching role.
In late 2012 I defended my dissertation—Learning from Human-Generated Reward—at UT Austin and joined the MIT Media Lab as a postdoc, working with Cynthia Breazeal’s Personal Robots Group. My research there focused on a project we’re tentatively calling Learning from the Wizard (pre-experiment workshop paper here), in which a robot learns to emulate its puppeteer’s control, in this case creating an autonomous robot learning companion for young children. I also built upon my dissertation research, which was advised by Peter Stone within the LARG research group.