I am a leading researcher in foundational AI and information security. My recent works include a breakthrough result on the 25+ year old problem of perfectly secure steganography (jointly with Sam Sokota), which was featured by Scientific American , Quanta Magazine, and Bruce Schneier’s Security Blog. During my Ph.D., I helped establish the field of cooperative deep multi-agent reinforcement learning, resulting in popular learning algorithms such as QMIX, MACKRL, IPPO, and FACMAC, and the standard benchmark environments SMAC and Multi-Agent MuJoCo.
I am currently a postdoc with FLAIR at the University of Oxford, and a visiting researcher with Turing Award-winner Prof. Yoshua Bengio at MILA (Quebec). Previously, I completed my DPhil (Ph.D.) “Coordination and Communication in Deep Multi-Agent Reinforcement Learning” with Prof. Philip Torr (Torr Vision Group) and Prof. Shimon Whiteson (WhiRL), which won an EPSRC IAA Doctoral Impact Fund Award and is, according to my examiner Prof. Frans Oliehoek, a “standard reference in the field”.
I hold distinguished masters degrees in Physics, as well as Computer Science (both University of Oxford), during the latter of which I proved an open incompleteness theorem in categorical quantum mechanics (the completed ZX-calculus is now a mainstream tool in quantum computing).
In 2022, I was selected as a “30 under 35 rising strategist (Europe)” by Schmidt Futures International Strategy Forum and the European Council on Foreign Relations. I also received a Best Idea award from the CCAI community in 2019 for work on solar geoengineering and deep multi-agent learning.
Please contact me if you are interested in working with me. I supervise undergraduate projects, master’s theses, and co-supervise Ph.D. projects in a wide range of topics in both deep multi-agent learning, and information security.
DPhil (PhD) in Engineering Science, Jan 2017 - Nov 2021
University of Oxford, St. Catherine's College
MSc Computer Science - Distinction, Oct 2012 - Sep 2013
University of Oxford, Kellogg College
MPhys (Physics) - First, Oct 2008 - Jul 2012
University of Oxford, Exeter College
[19/02/23] I was a Discussant on “Evading the Polycrisis: World Wars, Climate Change, Biosecurity, and the Hope of International Institutions” at 2023 Munich Security Conference Responsible Leaders Hub (invited by BMW Herbert Quandt Foundation Young Leaders Program and ISF) jointly with Ravi Agrawal (Chief Editor at Foreign Policy), Hina Rabbani Khar (Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Pakistan), and Ngaire Woods (Dean of the Blavatnik School, Oxford).
[19/01/17] Just been informed that I was shortlisted (top 5/135 applicants) for an Associate Professorship with the Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford!
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