Bio

I am a second-year PhD student in computer science at MIT, where I research topics in artificial intelligence, applied cryptography, and technology policy. My current research focus involves exploring the basic properties of neural networks by developing techniques that make it possible to find small neural networks that train successfully. On the side, I also work on the effort to design and teach a programming course for lawyers at the Georgetown University Law Center and several other law schools.

Experience
2018: TA Teaching Assistant, Computer and Network Security [class] MIT
2017: Intern Fully Homomorphic Encryption [code] Google
2016: Professor Adjunct Professor of Law Georgetown University Law Center
2015-16: Fellow Staff Technologist, Center on Privacy and Technology Georgetown University Law Center
2015: TA Teaching Assistant, General Computer Science (COS126) Princeton University
2014: TA Teaching Assistant, Information Security (COS432) Princeton University
2014: Intern Encryption Key Management Infrastructure Google
2013: Intern Project Siena (Pre-Beta) Compiler Team Microsoft
2012: Intern Automated Test and Retest Innovative Defense Technologies
Papers, Press, & Publications
2018
  • The Lottery Ticket Hypothesis: Training Pruned Neural Networks [arxiv]
2017
  • Textbook: Computer Programming for Lawyers (with Paul Ohm)
  • Law Review Article: Desirable Inefficiency (with Paul Ohm)
2016
  • Interview with NPR: Researchers Find Flaws in Police Facial Recognition Technology [interview]
  • Report: The Perpetual Lineup: Unregulated Police Face Recognition in America [report]
  • Washington Post article about my class: Government Lawyers Don’t Understand the Internet [article]
  • The Atlantic: How Russia’s New Facial Recognition App Could End Online Anonymity [article]
  • The Atlantic: Facial-Recognition Software Might Have a Racial Bias Problem [article]
2015
  • POPL ’16: Example-Directed Synthesis: A Type-Theoretic Interpretation [pdf | github | artifact | talk]
  • MSE Thesis: Type-Directed Synthesis of Products [pdf | arxiv]
2014
  • BSE Thesis: Programming Recursive Software-Defined Networks [pdf]
  • Course Project: Why King George III Can Encrypt [pdf | blog post]
Education
2016- : PhD Computer Science  |  Artificial Intelligence MIT
2014-15: MSE Computer Science  |  Programming Languages Princeton University
2011-14: BSE Computer Science   Princeton University