You can find my full CV here.

I was born in Braila, Romania and got my B.Sc. in Computer Science from Jacobs University Bremen in Germany, after which I went to Carnegie Mellon for my PhD. I am now an Associate Professor at UC Berkeley. Some professional highlights below.


Former InterACT lab members and their current whereabouts:
  • Graduate students:
    • Dylan Hadfield Menell (now prof. at MIT, Algorithmic Alignment Group)
    • Dorsa Dadigh (now prof. at Stanford, Intelligence Interactive Autonomous Systems Lab)
    • Rohin Shah (now lead at Google DeepMind, Scalable Alignment Team)
    • Jaime Fisac (now prof at Princeton, Safe Robotics Lab)
    • Andrea Bajcsy (now prof at CMU, Interactive and Trustworthy Robotics Lab)
    • Andreea Bobu (soon to be prof at MIT, Aligning Representations with Humans)
    • Smitha Milli (postdoc at Cornell Tech)
    • Kush Bhatia (postdoc at Stanford)
  • Selected undergraduate students: Micah Caroll (now PhD at Berkeley), Gokul Swamy (now PhD at CMU), Ravi Panya (now PhD at CMU), Hong Jun Jeon (CRA finalist, now PhD at Stanford), Nick Landolfi (now PhD at Stanford), Allan Zhou (now PhD at Stanford), Andy Palaniappan (now PhD at Stanford), Dhruv Malik (still at Berkeley), Jason Zhang (now PhD at CMU), Minae Kwon (now PhD at Stanford), Lawrence Chan (now PhD at Berkeley), S. Milli (CRA finalist, now PhD at Berkeley), Glen Chao (now PhD at U. Michigan), Rachel Holladay (now PhD at MIT), Kenton Lee (PhD from UW)

Selected Honors and Awards

Selected Professional Activities

  • Senior Area Chair, Interational Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR) 2024
  • Program Co-Chair, Conference on Robot Learning (CoRL) 2018
  • Steering Committee, Berkeley AI Research Lab (BAIR).
  • Co-PI, Center for Human-Compatible AI
  • Chair, Bay Area Robotics Symposium (BARS) 2016, 2017.
  • Senior Area Chair, ICLR 2024.
  • Workshop Chair, RSS 2016.
  • Area chair / associate editor for THRI, AURO (special issue), ICRA, IROS, HRI.