Benjamin A. Spiegel


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Connect with me at bspiegel[at]cs[dot]brown[dot]edu

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My name is Ben and I’m a researcher and engineer focused on neurosymbolic AI. I’ve just graduated Brown University with an ScB in Computers and Minds, an Independent Concentration I designed that is centered on Artificial General Intelligence. I’m currently doing research with George Konidaris in the Intelligent Robot Lab and trying to enjoy my time off before starting a PhD program at Brown in fall ‘22. I’m grateful to be supported by the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

My Research Philosophy

My research focus is loosely inspired by personality theory, social psychology, epistemology, and linguistics. My goal is to understand the intuitions behind these fields with respect to how they relate to human intelligence and how they can be leveraged in AI systems. I expound my philosophy in my proposal for an Independent Concentration in Computers and Minds.

Academic Background

At Brown I’ve had the pleasure of working with George Konidaris and Ellie Pavlick on research at the intersection of language and reinforcement learning. Under their advisement, I completed an Honors Thesis during the ‘20-‘21 academic year which is available on arXiv. I have some other pre-prints up as well.

I also co-created a group independent study course at Brown called Technofutures and Dystopias (public-facing syllabus available here).

Short Work History

In the past I’ve worked as a Computational Linguistics Research Intern at MeetKai and as a Software Engineer Intern for Workday. You can see my work history in detail on my LinkedIn page.

Outside Interests

Outside of academics I enjoy solving Rubik’s Cubes and other twisty puzzles, reading sci-fi, bouldering, playing and listening to music (I’m a bit of an audiophile, check out my gear page), and watching and writing comedy. I’m also a frequent reader of LessWrong (here’s my profile if you’re curious), an avid listener of the Making Sense podcast, and I do mindfullness meditation.