Our Team

Staff

Nate Soares

Nate Soares
Executive Director

Nate Soares (email) is MIRI’s executive director. He joined the MIRI research team in April 2014, quickly earning a strong reputation for his strategic insight and high productivity. Nate is the primary author of most of MIRI’s technical agenda, including the overview document “Aligning Superintelligence with Human Interests: a Technical Research Agenda” (2014) and the AAAI conference paper “Corrigibility” (2015). Prior to MIRI, Nate worked as a software engineer at Google.

Eliezer Yudkowsky

Eliezer Yudkowsky
Senior Research Fellow

Eliezer Yudkowsky (email) is a decision theorist who is widely cited for his writings on the long-term future of artificial intelligence. His views on the social and philosophical implications of AI have had a major impact on ongoing debates in the field, and his work in mathematical logic has heavily shaped MIRI’s research agenda. He is the author of the Cambridge Handbook of Artificial Intelligence chapter “The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence” with Nick Bostrom (2014), and has written a number of popular introductions to the science of human rationality.

Benja Fallenstein

Benja Fallenstein
Research Fellow

Benja Fallenstein (email) works on basic theoretical questions raised by the challenge of aligning advanced AI systems with human goals. These include decision- and game-theoretic problems that arise when artificial agents reason about future versions of themselves or about other, similarly powerful agents in their environment. Benja is working on developing models of logical uncertainty (uncertainty about which mathematical statements are true), anthropic reasoning, and the specification of safe AI goals, and is also interested in formal verification and in programming languages with integrated proof checkers. Benja holds a Bachelors in Mathematics from the University of Vienna.

Patrick LaVictoire

Patrick LaVictoire
Research Fellow

Patrick LaVictoire (email) has a background in pure mathematics (AB from the University of Chicago, PhD from UC Berkeley, postdoc at the University of Wisconsin) and applied machine learning / data science (working for the app search startup Quixey). He has contributed to open problems in game theory and provability theory, and is the lead author of “Program Equilibrium in the Prisoner’s Dilemma via Löb’s Theorem,” a paper presented at AAAI 2014. He is especially interested in the mathematics of idealized decision theory, logical counterfactuals, principled self-modification, goal stability, and corrigibility.

Malo Bourgon

Malo Bourgon
Program Management Analyst

Malo Bourgon (email) improves the efficiency and effectiveness of all aspects of MIRI, from research and outreach programs to operations and fundraising efforts. He also assists with capacity building and generally helps make things happen. Malo holds a Masters in Engineering from the University of Guelph.

Alex Vermeer

Alex Vermeer
Program Management Analyst

Alex Vermeer (email) improves MIRI’s operations and output by measuring useful data, identifying inefficiencies, and improving processes. He also coordinates MIRI’s document production team. Alex holds an Engineering degree from the University of Guelph.

Katja Grace

Katja Grace
Research Assistant

Katja Grace’s (email) research at MIRI focuses on social and historical questions related to artificial intelligence outcomes. Her analyses include “Algorithmic Progress in Six Domains” (2013). She writes the blog Meteuphoric, contributes to the AI Impacts project, and is sometimes a PhD student in Logic, Computation, and Methodology at Carnegie Mellon University.

Rob Bensinger

Rob Bensinger
Outreach Coordinator

Rob Bensinger (email) writes and edits introductory material on MIRI’s research priorities and long-term mission. His background is in the study of scientific and religious communities, and his research interests include value theory, metametaphysics, and the intersection of philosophy and psychology.

We’re Hiring!

Find out more about the opportunities to join our growing team here.

Research Advisors
2015

Stuart Russell

Stuart Russell

Professor, UC Berkeley
Author, Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach
Max Tegmark

Max Tegmark

Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Founder, Future of Life Institute
Robin Hanson

Robin Hanson

Professor, George Mason University
Author, Economic Growth Given Machine Intelligence
Moshe Looks

Moshe Looks

PhD, Washington University
Scientist, Google Research
Gary Drescher

Gary Drescher

PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Author, Made-Up Minds
Nick Bostrom

Nick Bostrom

Professor, University of Oxford
Director, Future of Humanity Institute
Bart Selman

Bart Selman

Professor, Cornell University
Steve Omohundro

Steve Omohundro

PhD, UC Berkeley
Author, Rational Artificial Intelligence for the Greater Good
Roman Yampolskiy

Roman Yampolskiy

Professor, University of Louisville
Author, Artificial Superintelligence: A Futuristic Approach

General Advisors
2015

Peter Thiel 

 Co-founder, PayPal

Christine Peterson 

 Co-founder, Foresight Institute

Liron Shapira 

 Co-founder & CTO, Quixey

Jaan Tallinn 

 Co-founder, Skype

Jed McCaleb 

 Co-founder, Stellar Development Foundation

Luke Muehlhauser 

 Research Analyst, GiveWell

Research Associates

MIRI’s research associates are supported by other institutions,
but often work closely with our staff on work related to the technical agenda.
 

Stuart Armstrong 

 PhD  |  Research Fellow, Future of Humanity Institute

Mihaly Barasz 

 MSc Mathematics, Eötvös Loránd University  |  Google

Tsvi Benson-Tilsen 

 BSc Mathematics, University of Chicago

Abram Demski 

 PhD student, Computer Science, University of Southern California

Scott Garrabrant 

 BA Mathematics, Computer Science  |  PhD student, University of California Los Angeles

Marcello Herreshoff 

 BA Mathematics, Stanford University

Bill Hibbard 

 PhD  |  Senior Scientist, University of Wisconsin-Madison Space Science and Engineering Center

Vadim Kosoy 

 BSc Mathematics, Tel Aviv University  |  Algorithm Engineer, Epicycle Technologies

Ramana Kumar 

 MPhil Computer Science, University of Cambridge

Kaj Sotala 

 BA Cognitive Science, University of Helsinki

Nisan Stiennon 

 PhD Mathematics  |  Center For Applied Rationality

Jessica Taylor 

 Masters Student, Stanford University

Nathaniel Thomas 

 PhD student, Stanford University

Board

Edwin Evans CHAIR

 VP Engineering, Linc Global

Matthew Fallshaw DIRECTOR

 Founder, TrikeApps

Nate Soares DIRECTOR

 Executive Director, Machine Intelligence Research Institute

Anna Salamon DIRECTOR

 Executive Director, Center for Applied Rationality

Eliezer Yudkowsky DIRECTOR

 Senior Research Fellow, Machine Intelligence Research Institute