Team

 
Toon Alfrink

Toon is co-organiser of LessWrong Netherlands, which he co-founded in 2016. He takes part in hosting it’s various events, which occur more than weekly. He speaks publicly 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.

 

Veerle de Goederen

Veerle received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and is currently working as a science journalist to expand her knowledge on a wide variety of topics. She was previously employed as a teaching assistant at Wageningen University, where she helped develop material for a course related to nanotechnology. At RAISE, she helps with general operations in the management team.

 

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 the advanced study group.

 

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. He first began to take interest in AI safety after being introduced to the subject during a conversation with 80,000 Hours who encouraged him to contact what was then the Singularity Institute and later became the Machine Intelligence Research Institute. 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

 
Erik Istre

Erik Istre 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.

 

Advisors

 
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).