About

I’m a researcher at RAND where I lead the compute research in the Technology and Security Policy Center within RAND Global and Emerging Risks. I’m based in Washington, DC.

My research focuses on the role of compute for advanced AI systems and how compute can be leveraged as an instrument for AI governance, with an emphasis on policy development and security implications. I regularly provide policy and technical advice to leading tech companies and governments, primarily in the US.

My publications cover the impacts and governance of advanced AI systems and empirical trends in machine learning, such as training compute, data, and AI hardware. Furthermore, I’m researching the role that compute/cloud providers play in AI Governance and how society can adapt to increasingly advanced AI systems.

Previously, I was a Research Fellow at the Centre for the Governance of AI (GovAI), with whom I remain affiliated as an Adjunct Fellow. I’m also a member of the OECD.AI Expert Group on AI Compute and Climate, a Pro Forecaster at INFER Pub, and a strategy specialist at Epoch on AI governance strategy. I have a background in computer engineering and studied at ETH Zürich and RWTH Aachen.

You can find more about my professional background on LinkedIn, my publications on Google Scholar, musings on my blog, and my tweets here. You can contact me using the contact details mentioned in the footer.

         

Research

You can find most of my publications on my research page and Google Scholar. I also summarized some of my research in 2023 here.

Some selected recent publications:


Previously

I’m usually pretty good at keeping myself busy. In the past, I’ve done research in neuroscience, explored wireless and embedded systems, helped people to use evidence and reason to achieve their altruistic goals, explored Amazon from the inside, became a whale watching guide (and subsequently saved the whales), deployed ML to resource-constrained devices, fixed windshields on Kauai, measured radiated spurious emissions of 5G, investigated charities with legacies.now, cuddled with a bunch of dogs, and, lastly, failed a start-up on particulate sensors with friends of mine.

That’s not the correct order, and some of those things happened simultaneously – I’ll leave this to you.


“The real problem of humanity is the following: we have paleolithic emotions, medieval institutions, and god-like technology"

— Edward Osborne Wilson