About me

I am currently a postdoctoral fellow at Mila - Québec Artificial Intelligence Institute and the Department of Computer Science and Operations Research (Université de Montréal), where I study ethically aligned artificial intelligence. I am supervised by Yoshua Bengio (Mila, UdeM, CIFAR) and Dominic Martin (UQàM).

I also hold a half-time appointment in the Department of Philosophy and the Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society (University of Toronto), where I have been studying problems surrounding the legal and social regulation of artificial intelligence, as well as fundamental questions on the ethical and philosophical implications of AI and emerging technologies.

I received my PhD (2020) from the department of Logic and Philosophy of Science at the University of California, Irvine, where I was supervised by Jeffrey A. Barrett. My dissertation, “Complex Signals: Reflexivity, Hierarchical Structure, and Modular Composition”, discusses a novel process by which language might have evolved via modular composition of communicative structures. My committee was composed of Jeffrey A. Barrett (Chair), Brian Skyrms, Simon M. Huttegger, and Cailin O’Connor.

I previously received an MA in Social Science from the Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences at UC Irvine, as well as an MA in Philosophy from Simon Fraser University and a BA in Philosophy (Hons.) and English Literature from the University of British Columbia.

My Erdös number is 4, along the following path:

       Jeffrey A. Barrett → Brian Skyrms → Persi Diaconis → Paul Erdös