Hi! 👋 My name is Pallavi Koppol, and I'm a first-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-robot interaction. I am particularly driven by questions around engendering trust between people and autonomous systems.

Some of my research goals include integrating a deep understanding of human behavior and intent into autonomous systems, creating intelligent systems that allow for human feedback throughout the learning process, and making the behavior of intelligent systems interpretable and transparent to human agents.

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.