Jacob Steinhardt (jsteinhardt@cs)

I am a second-year graduate student in artificial intelligence at Stanford University working with Percy Liang. I have previously worked with Russ Tedrake, Zoubin Ghahramani, and Josh Tenenbaum.

My primary technical interest is approximate inference --- in particular, how to use simpler models to aid in the learning and inference of more complex models. I am also interested in online learning, especially under resource constraints.

More broadly, I am interested in what tools and concepts we need to build human-level artificial intelligences. I am convinced that computationally-bounded reasoning is a crucial step along this path, which is what motivates my current technical interests. Along these lines, I am also interested in program induction, especially concerning the inference of formal specifications from informal data.

Outside of research, I am a coach for the USA Computing Olympiad and an instructor at the Summer Program on Applied Rationality and Cognition. I like indoor bouldering and ultimate frisbee.

Links

I maintain two blogs, an expository blog as well as a daily research log.
I've also written some about Bayesian and frequentist statistics.

Publications

Jacob Steinhardt and Percy Liang
Adaptivity and Optimism: An Improved Exponentiated Gradient Algorithm
ICML 2014
[Paper] [Slides] [Poster]

Jacob Steinhardt and Percy Liang
Filtering with Abstract Particles
ICML 2014
[Paper] [Slides] [Poster]

Jacob Steinhardt and Zoubin Ghahramani
Flexible Martingale Priors for Deep Hierarchies
AISTATS 2012
[Paper] [Slides]

Jacob Steinhardt and Zoubin Ghahramani
Pathological Properties of Deep Bayesian Hierarchies
2011 NIPS Workshop on Bayesian Nonparametrics
[Poster Abstract] [Poster]

Jacob Steinhardt and Russ Tedrake
Finite-Time Regional Verification of Stochastic Nonlinear Systems
Robotics: Science and Systems, 2011
Best Student Paper Finalist
[Conference Paper and Errata] [Journal Paper] [Slides] [Poster]

Jacob Steinhardt
Permutations with Ascending and Descending Blocks
Electronic Journal of Combinatorics, 17:R14
[Paper] [Slides]

Jacob Steinhardt
On Coloring the Odd-Distance Graph
Electronic Journal of Combinatorics, 16:N12
[Paper]

Jacob Steinhardt
Cayley Graphs Formed by Conjugate Generating Sets of S_n
3rd Place in 2007 Siemens Competition
[Paper]