Toon Alfrink

Toon is co-organiser of LessWrong Netherlands, which he co-founded in 2016. He takes part in hosting its various events and gives talks about EA and AI Safety, having addressed crowds at various venues including festivals and fraternities. He studies AI at Utrecht University. At RAISE, he coordinates, helps out with content development and takes care of IT.

Johannes Heidecke

Johannes is a graduate student of Artificial Intelligence in Barcelona where he is currently working on his final project about inverse reinforcement learning. His research interests are mainly in the area of value learning and value alignment, alongside state of the art methods in (deep) reinforcement learning. At RAISE, he is part of the management team and is responsible for course structure development.

Veerle de Goederen

Veerle is a graduate student of Cancer, Stem Cells and Developmental Biology at Utrecht University. She was previously employed as a teaching assistant at Wageningen University and currently freelances as science journalist. At RAISE, she helps with general operations in the management team.

Content development

Robert Miles

Robert is a computer scientist and online educator with an interest in AI, particularly the risks and safety issues around advanced AI systems. For the last year or so he’s run a YouTube channel, making videos explaining our best understanding of the nature of the risks posed by emerging AI technologies, and the technical research currently underway to understand and mitigate those risks. At RAISE, he consults on the syllabus and presents the video lectures.

Rupert McCallum

Rupert has a PhD in mathematics from University of New South Wales and a very strong passion for pure maths. He has research experience in theory of buildings, theory of large cardinals in set theory, and associated philosophical issues regarding justification for axiom candidates which go beyond what can be proved from the usual axioms. In his role as content developer with RAISE, he hopes his strong understanding of mathematical topics will help him to effectively communicate ideas to aspiring AI safety researchers to give them a good background from which to get started on the topic.

Prerequisites track

Philip Blagoveschensky

Philip has bachelor’s degree in computer science at Lomonosov Moscow State University. He has programming and data analysis experience and plans to continue his career doing academic research. He has been a member of Russian Lesswrong and Effective Altruism communities for several years. At RAISE, he coordinates the study group and is in charge of upgrading the AI safety prerequisites track.

Erik Istre

Erik is a Math Ph.D. who performs research into non-classical foundations of mathematics. For his day job, he’s a software developer currently fascinated with Clojure and preparing to make the leap into a career as a data scientist. He works with RAISE in developing the curriculum.

Trent Fowler

Trent graduated with a degree in neuroscience in 2007 before developing an interest in AI safety and turning his learning efforts toward mathematics, computer science, and philosophy. He was one of the two-part team that developed the math prerequisites course currently being used by RAISE as part of its online AI Safety Course.


Remmelt Ellen

Remmelt is the Project Manager of Effective Altruism Netherlands, where he coordinates national events, supports organisers of new projects and takes care of mundane admin work. He also oversaw the logistics for the first AI Safety Camp. At RAISE, he helps in coordinating the planning and work on preventing negative outcomes (e.g. reputational damage to the research community).