Hey I'm Bowen! I am a research scientist on OpenAI's Robotics Team. I am interested in environments that allow for unbounded learning, multi-agent reinforcement learning, and generalization to unseen environments (e.g. simulation to reality). So far I've worked on unsupervised multi-agent reinforcement learning, state estimation from vision, and most recently attention based network architectures for reinforcement learning policies. I have an M.Eng. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science with a focus in AI from MIT, and also a B.S. in EECS and Physics from MIT. During my masters I worked on neural network architecture search, a subfield at the intersection of meta-modeling and hyperparameter optimization.
I am a co-founder at Perch. We are an early stage weight room analytics startup and went through the MIT delta v accelerator last summer (2016). I work on machine vision, rep tracking algorithms, and most other aspects of the product back-end.
I was a Data Science Intern at Quora in the summer of 2015. I worked on identifying and fixing categorically misused topics, improving automated topic labeling, and exploring topic geometries. I also helped in creating metric dashboards, responding to company data inquiries, and fixing bugs in data logging.
I was a Data Science Intern at AgilOne during my 2014 Summer break. I created a framework for validating customer data before running the machine learning models. On top of this, I built a deployment framework that would automatically select features to use and initialize models for new customers. I also did some minor work on the product front end.
The Kinect 2-Chain was a project I worked on for HackMIT 2015. The goal of the project was to aid the visually impaired in navigation. We used a Kinect 2 to map the space in front of the user and send stereo audio signals with varying pitch to indicate the direction and distance of obstacles. We also used a deep learning API so that the user could also request that a description of the scene in front of them be read aloud. We took 2nd place overall and also won the Microsoft prize; some news coverage can be found here.
MIT Robotics Team
I co-founded the MIT Robotics Team in late 2013. I led the software team for 2 years, during which we placed 2nd in the 2014 NASA RASC-AL ROBO-OPS Competition and competed in the 2015 NASA Sample Return Centennial Challenge.