Hi! 👋 My name is Pallavi Koppol, and I'm a second-year PhD student in the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University. I am co-advised by Professors Reid Simmons and Henny Admoni.

My interests lie in the intersection of machine learning and human-computer interaction.

Some of my research goals include making the learned behavior of intelligent systems interpretable and transparent to people, creating intelligent systems that allow for human feedback throughout the learning process, and integrating an understanding of human intent into intelligent systems in order to ensure value-alignment.

I am particularly driven by questions surrounding how to evaluate the trustworthiness of an intelligent system that has embodied consequences (e.g. self-driving cars, drug treatment regimes, bail decisions, etc.).

Previously, I spent two years as a software engineer at Waymo, working on bringing autonomous vehicles to market. Prior to that, I was studying Computer Science at Princeton ('16), and graduated with certificates in Applied & Computational Math and Robotics & Intelligent Systems.

I'm a big fan of running, discovering stories (through books, people, or otherwise), appreciating art, and finding ways to engage with my local community.

Workshop Papers

Iterative Interactive Reward Learning.
Pallavi Koppol, Henny Admoni, Reid Simmons. Participatory Approaches to Machine Learning Workshop at ICML 2020.