About me

I’m a first-year PhD student at Brown CS thinking about the intersection of symbolic and connectioning systems that are both interpretable and generally intelligent. I graduated Brown University in 2022 with an ScB in Computers and Minds – an Independent Concentration I designed that centers on Artificial General Intelligence – and I’m currently advised by George Konidaris. I’m grateful to be supported by the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

Research Philosophy

My research focus stems from a single hypothesis: language understanding is central to general intelligence. If we want to solve general AI, we need to solve language understanding, or language grounding. I think that the best way to do this is to ground language to structured decision-processes, like the ones used in Reinforcement Learning and Planning.

I believe that a highly principled approach to solving this problem involves incorporating the knowledge of the precursors to artificial intelligence: Linguistics, Psychology, and Philosophy. These fields are a major inspiration for my work, and I try to draw from them in a faithful manner. I expound my philosophy in my proposal for an Independent Concentration in Computers and Minds.