I am a Harvard Data Science and CRCS Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard & MIT. My interests span the study of intelligence (natural), intelligence (artificial), and intelligence (moral). My goal is to understand how the human mind works with enough precision that it can be implemented on a computer. I also draw on insights from how people learn and think to engineer smarter and more human-like algorithms for artificial intelligence.
I primarily research social intelligence where the scale, scope, and sophistication of humans is distinct in the natural world and where even a kindergartener exceeds the social competence of our best AI systems. I aim to reverse-engineer:
Recent breakthroughs in cognitive science, made possible by new tools from machine learning and artificial intelligence, are allowing us to give formal answers to these questions for the first time. I build computational cognitive models of social intelligence using tools from Bayesian inference, reinforcement learning, and evolutionary game theory. These models give precise accounts of human social cognition and make fine-grained predictions that I test empirically in multi-agent behavioral experiments. At Harvard, I work with Fiery Cushman, Sam Gershman, Joe Henrich, and David Parkes. At MIT I work with David Rand, Rebecca Saxe and Josh Tenenbaum.
I earned my PhD in Computational Cognitive Science from MIT, advised by Josh Tenenbaum, where I received fellowships from the Hertz Foundation and NSF. Previously, I was a Marshall Scholar in Statistics at Oxford advised by Tim Behrens, a Fulbright Fellow in Beijing with Scott Rozelle, and before that was an undergraduate at Stanford where I worked with John Huguenard. I am also Chief Scientist of Diffeo, a start-up that I co-founded. We build algorithms to help people find and fill gaps in their knowledge. I grew up in Santa Monica and outside of science, I enjoy surfing, skiing, and sushi.
If you would like to get involved in research on these topics, please email me with your interests and background (as specific as possible) with resume/CV: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.