elb I am a Master’s student in the Computer Science Department at CMU and a graduate student researcher in the Robitics Institute. I am advised by Deepak Pathak and collaborate closely with Alyosha Efros.

My research interests lie in artificial intelligence at the intersection of machine learning, computer vision, and robotics. Currently, I am particularly excited about self-supervised learning, intrinsic motivation, and open-endedness. I am keen to draw inspiration from intelligence in humans and nature—especially as a goal-post rather than a blueprint. My goal is to develop intelligent agents that use common sense to generalize and continually adapt robustly and efficiently, allowing them to be safely deployed in the real world.

Previously I was a founding engineer at BlackRock AI Labs in Palo Alto, where I was fortunate to work with Mykel Kochenderfer, Stephen Boyd, and Trevor Hastie on projects at the intersection of machine learning, optimization, and finance. Before that, I studied computer science and mathematics at Vanderbilt, and was an undergraduate student researcher in Maithilee Kunda’s lab working on computational cognitive science and artificial intelligence.

Over the past couple of years, I have also taken non-degree graduate machine learning courses at Columbia and Stanford while working in NYC and Palo Alto.

I am a proud member of the Osage Nation and have recently enjoyed engaging with the Native research community at AISES.

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