Team

Staff

Andrew Critch
Andrew Critch
Executive Director
Andrew Critch (email) is currently a full-time research scientist in the EECS department at UC Berkeley, at Stuart Russell's Center for Human Compatible AI. He earned his PhD in mathematics at UC Berkeley studying applications of algebraic geometry to machine learning models. During that time, he cofounded the Center for Applied Rationality and SPARC. Andrew has been offered university faculty positions in mathematics, mathematical biosciences, and philosophy, worked as an algorithmic stock trader at Jane Street Capital's New York City office, and as a research fellow at the Machine Intelligence Research Institute. His current research interests include logical uncertainty, open source game theory, and avoiding arms race dynamics between nations and companies in AI development.
Kenzi Amodei
Kenzi Amodei
Deputy Director
Kenzi Amodei manages BERI's day-to-day decision-making. She graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Drama and worked throughout the Bay Area as a professional stage manager before going back to receive a B.S. in Biology from the University of Oregon. She was accepted to Tufts University School of Medicine in 2013, an offer she declined to work at the Center for Applied Rationality as a curriculum developer and their Director of Operations. At CFAR, her curricular work included developing and teaching courses on navigating disagreements, expected value estimates, and accurate implicit forecasting techniques. She has presented rationality material at over 30 of CFAR's immersive workshops, as well as at the Summer Program on Applied Rationality and Cognition, conferences such as SkeptiCal, Effective Altruism Global, and SSA West, and at tech companies like Heroku and Asana.
Rebecca Raible
Rebecca Raible
Writer and Operations Manager
Rebecca graduated from Pomona College in 2014 with a B.A. in Philosophy. She then spent about two and and a half years as a Research Analyst at GiveWell, producing and updating GiveWell's in-depth top charity reviews. She joined BERI in mid-2017 and now manages BERI's operations. She also writes grant proposals, website content, and other odds and ends for BERI and its partners.
Gina Stuessy
Gina Stuessy
Operations Consulting
Gina is the Director of Operations at Animal Charity Evaluators and leads an effective altruism group in Madison, WI. Prior to joining ACE, she coordinated a large vegan festival with several thousand attendees and was board president of a small animal charity. She has also worked as a software engineer and has an MS in biomedical engineering. She is concerned about the existential risks that face humanity and is glad to assist in offering support to researchers through BERI.
Michael Keenan
Michael Keenan
IT Support
Michael Keenan is a tech entrepreneur from New Zealand. In addition to founding companies in Taiwan and the USA, he has written software for and provided tech support to the Center for Applied Rationality, the Summer Program on Applied Rationality and Cognition, and the Machine Intelligence Research Institute.

Advisors

Andrew Snyder-Beattie
Andrew Snyder-Beattie
Director of Research, Future of Humanity Institute, Oxford
Andrew Snyder-Beattie is Director of Research at the Future of Humanity Institute, where he coordinates the institute’s research activities, recruitment, and academic fundraising. While at FHI, Andrew obtained over $2.5m in research funding, led the FHI-Amlin industry research collaboration, and wrote editorials for the Guardian, Ars Technica, and the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists which in total have received over 500,000 readers. His personal research interests currently include ecosystem and pandemic modelling, anthropic shadow considerations, and existential risk. He holds a M.S. in biomathematics and has done research in a wide variety of areas such as astrobiology, ecology, finance, risk assessment, and institutional economics.
Malo Bourgon
Malo Bourgon
Chief Operating Officer, Machine Intelligence Research Institute
Malo Bourgon oversees operations and program activities at the Machine Intelligence Research Institute. He also co-chairs the committee on the Safety and Beneficence of Artificial General Intelligence and Artificial Superintelligence of the IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems. Malo earned a master’s degree in engineering at the University of Guelph.
Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh
Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh
Executive Director, Center for the Study of Existential Risk, Cambridge
Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh is the Executive Director of Cambridge’s Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER), and is Co-I on CSER’s research projects. Under his and Huw Price’s leadership, CSER has grown in three years to be a world-leading academic research center on extreme technological risk, and is now funded at £3M+ over 2015–18. Since 2011 he has played a central role in research on long-term AI impacts and risks, project managing the Oxford Martin Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology. He has led an active program of engagement with both policymakers and research leaders in computer science on long-term AI, both in the UK and Europe. At the Future of Humanity Institute, Sean also helped develop and establish the FHI-Amlin Collaboration on Systemic Risk in 2013, as well as several other research programmes, as part of a broad research and centre development portfolio. His primary research interests include: emerging technologies, risk, technology policy, horizon-scanning and foresight, expertise elicitation and aggregation, genomics, synthetic biology, evolution and artificial intelligence. He has a PhD in genomics.
Stuart Russell
Stuart Russell
Founder and Lead Principal Investigator, Center for Human Compatible AI

Professor Russell recently founded the Center for Human Compatible AI at UC Berkeley, where he is a Professor (and formerly Chair) of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, and holder of the Smith-Zadeh Chair in Engineering. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Neurological Surgery at UC San Francisco and Vice-Chair of the World Economic Forum's Council on AI and Robotics.

Stuart has been an outspoken defender of intellectual work directed at mitigating existential risk, specifically future risks from artificial intelligence. He is a recipient of the Presidential Young Investigator Award of the National Science Foundation, the IJCAI Computers and Thought Award, the World Technology Award (Policy category), the Mitchell Prize of the American Statistical Association and the International Society for Bayesian Analysis, the ACM Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award, and the AAAI/EAAI Outstanding Educator Award. In 1998, he gave the Forsythe Memorial Lectures at Stanford University and from 2012 to 2014 he held the Chaire Blaise Pascal in Paris.

Jacob Tsimerman
Jacob Tsimerman
Professor of Mathematics, University of Toronto
Jacob Tsimerman is a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Toronto, a Sloan Fellow, and the 2015 recipient of the SASTRA Ramanujan Prize, an international prize for work in the area of number theory. He obtained his PhD degree from Princeton University in 2011 under the guidance of Peter Clive Sarnak. In 2003 and 2004, Jacob represented Canada in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) and won gold medals both years, with a perfect score in 2004. Following his PhD, he had a post-doctoral position at Harvard University as a Junior Fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows.

Board

Andrew Critch
Andrew Critch
Chair
See above for Andrew's bio.

Eric Rogstad
Treasurer
Eric is co-founder of Arbital, a platform for finding, reading, and creating crowdsourced, intuitive explanations, developed partly in response to the observation that arguments about civilization-scale priorities like existential risk are complex and in need of better organizational tools for conveying them. He studied Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University, and has previously worked as a Software Development Engineer at Microsoft and Amazon.
Qiaochu Yuan
Qiaochu Yuan
Secretary
Qiaochu is a PhD student in mathematics at UC Berkeley on an NSF fellowship. His past honors include USAMO Honorable Mention (2006), Intel Science Talent Search Finalist (2008), and Putnam Honorable Mention (2010), and he holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from MIT. His background is primarily in category theory, algebraic topology, topological quantum field theory, and related subjects, although his current interest is machine learning. He has written thousands of answers to questions about mathematics on Quora, MathOverflow, and math.stackexchange.com, and operates the math blog Annoying Precision.