Name: Jacob Steinhardt
I am a first-year graduate student at Stanford University working with Percy Liang. My undergraduate degree was in mathematics at MIT, where I worked with the Computational Cognitive Science Group and Robot Locomotion Group.
My major academic interest is artificial intelligence --- what tools and concepts do we need to build human-level intelligences, and how can we ensure that such intelligent agents perform the tasks that we want them to? I think the two major obstacles to this are solving difficult statistical inference problems under computational constraints and, relatedly, improving the foundations of decision theory to account for intractable search problems and uncertain or intractable utility functions.
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 also like to play Ultimate Frisbee.
Jacob Steinhardt and Zoubin Ghahramani
Flexible Martingale Priors for Deep Hierarchies
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]
Permutations with Ascending and Descending Blocks
Electronic Journal of Combinatorics, 17:R14
On Coloring the Odd-Distance Graph
Electronic Journal of Combinatorics, 16:N12
Cayley Graphs Formed by Conjugate Generating Sets of S_n
3rd Place in 2007 Siemens Competition