ESP Biography



MAXIMILIAN DU, Stanford sophomore, AI researcher




Major: Computer Science

College/Employer: Stanford

Year of Graduation: 2024

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Hey there! I am an undergraduate researcher and section leader at Stanford University. I am studying computer science and creative writing, and I work in Prof. Chelsea Finn's IRIS lab on reinforcement learning and robotics.

My research and project experiences include unsupervised learning, embedded systems, computer vision, and analog electronics.

In my free time, I love to tinker around, take pictures, and write creative non-fiction.



Past Classes

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C7687: Training Shamu, Robots, and You! in Splash Spring 2022 (May. 14 - 15, 2022)
How do you train a dolphin or a killer whale? And what can AI learn from it? Take a dive into the surprising connections between animal training and cutting-edge artificial intelligence algorithms. From Stanford’s robot labs to the wet n’ wild world of orca trainers, hear stories of frustration, innovation, and triumph. In this class you will learn the basics of animal training and reinforcement learning. We will look at how these two seemingly disjoint fields share many of the same insights. To round it all out, we will look at how behavior techniques can be used to improve your interpersonal skills!


M7662: Cuddly Dolphins and Scary Reinforcement Learning in Splash Virtual Fall 2021 (Nov. 13 - 14, 2021)
How do you train a dolphin or a killer whale? And what can AI learn from it? Take a dive into the surprising connections between animal training and unsupervised artificial intelligence algorithms. In this class you will learn the basics of animal training and reinforcement learning. We will look at how these two seemingly disjoint fields share many of the same insights. Topics covered include operant conditioning, LRS (least reinforcing scenario), behavior cloning, soft actor-critic, and more!