Akarsh Kumar

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I want to understand intelligence and all the processes that emerge it.

Contact akarshkumar0101(at)gmail(dot)com

Research Interests

Broadly, I want to emerge intelligence by creating+analyzing embodied AI agents that reason+learn more intelligently in increasingly complex environments.
To this end, I employ AI Generating Algorithms (AI-GAs) (meta-learning architectures, learning algorithms, and environments) and Open-Ended quality-diverse evolutionary algorithms.

I'm espescially interested in sample efficiency, extrapolative generalization, intelligent exploration, and specialized neural architectures.
I'm also interested in generating effective learning environments to automate curriculum design.


I'm a Ph.D. student at MIT CSAIL Embodied Intelligence working with Phillip Isola.
My research is funded by the NSF GRFP!

I received my B.S. from UT Austin ECE.
Senior year, I did NN architecture research in VITA with Atlas Wang.
Senior year summer, I did neuroevolution and RL research in LARG with Peter Stone and Risto Miikkulainen.
Sophomore and junior year, I worked with Alexander Huth on visually estimating contact forces in hand-object interaction.

Before that, I went to highschool at the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts.

Here is my CV.