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Pieter Abbeel

Pieter Abbeel (PhD Stanford, MS/BS KU Leuven) joined the faculty of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at UC Berkeley in 2008. He regularly teaches CS188: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence and CS287: Advanced Robotics. His research focuses on robot learning. Some results include machine learning algorithms which have enabled advanced helicopter aerobatics, including maneuvers such as tic-tocs, chaos and auto-rotation, which only exceptional human pilots can perform, and the first end-to-end completion of reliably picking up a crumpled laundry article and folding it. Academic honors include best paper awards at ICML and ICRA, the Sloan Fellowship, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Program (AFOSR-YIP) award, the Okawa Foundation award, the MIT TR35, the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) Early Career Award, and the Dick Volz award for best PhD thesis in robotics and automation.



GSIs


John Du

John is a third year undergraduate student studying Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He is interested in machine learning and Android development.

James Ferguson

James is a fourth year undergraduate student studying Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He is currently working as a research assistant with Pieter Abbeel on speeding up belief space planning.

Ankush Gupta

Ankush is a fourth year undergraduate student in the EECS department. He is currently working on learning from human demonstrations for robotic manipulation with Pieter Abbeel.

Abhishek Kar

Abhishek is a second year EECS graduate student interested in Computer Vision and Machine Learning. He is currently working on dense 3D reconstruction from a single image with Prof. Jitendra Malik.

Anna Lee

Anna Lee is a fourth year undergraduate studying Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. She worked with Prof. Pieter Abbeel in 3D vision and surgical robotics, and is interested in computational creativity.

Michael Liang

Michael is a third year undergraduate studying Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He is interested in classification, computer security and computer vision.

Teodor Moldovan

Teodor Moldovan is a PhD student working on reinforcement learning and machine learning with Profs. P. Abbeel and M. Jordan. He is currently developing exploration strategies that would allow robots to learn on their own how to move efficiently.

Peter Qian

Peter is a third year undergraduate studying Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He used to work on spam detection for Yelp and is working as a research assistant under Prof. David Patterson on DIABLO (a low-cost, large-scale datacenter simulator). He is interested in machine learning, iOS development and distributed systems. 

John Schulman

John is a fourth year graduate student in Pieter Abbeel's group. He is impressed by the ability of animals to manipulate their environments, for example, a Weaver bird building a nest. He would like to enable similar capabilities in robots by using learning-based approaches for optimal control. 

Alvin Wong

Alvin is a third year undergraduate studying Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He worked as a research assistant under Pieter Abbeel and built a graphical visualization program for helicopter flight trajectories. He is interested in artificial intelligence and algorithms for video game programming.

Kevin Yeun

Kevin is a third year undergraduate studying Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He is interested in game development and Japanese pop culture.