Research


I am a Research Team Leader at OpenAI and an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia.

Previously, I was a Senior Research Manager and founding member of Uber AI Labs, which was formed after Uber acquired a startup our startup. Prior to Uber, I was the Loy and Edith Harris Associate Professor in Computer Science at the University of Wyoming.

I conduct research in three related areas of machine learning (and combinations thereof):
  • Deep Learning: Improving our understanding of deep neural networks, harnessing them in novel applications, and advancing deep reinforcement learning
  • Evolving Neural Networks: Investigating open questions in evolutionary biology regarding how intelligence evolved and harnessing those discoveries to improve our ability to evolve more complex, intelligent neural networks
  • Robotics: Making robots more like animals in being adaptable and resilient

A good way to learn about my research is by visiting my Google Scholar page, which lists all of my publications. You can also view videos about our work.