Pieter Abbeel

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Pieter Abbeel is a roboticist at the University of California, Berkeley known for his work on reinforcement learning. At Stanford, he studied robotics under advisors Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng.[1] After finishing his PhD in 2008, Pieter became an assistant professor in Berkeley's EECS department,[2] and he's now the co-director of the Berkeley Artificial Intelligence Research lab (BAIR). In 2014 he co-founded Gradescope, which was acquired by TurnItIn in 2018.[3] In 2016 Pieter joined OpenAI, where he has published several articles on his work in generative models, robotics systems, and policy gradients.[4][5] In 2017 he cofounded Embodied Intelligence,[6][7] which has since rebranded to covariant.ai. [8]


Select awards[edit]

  • Sloan Fellowship
  • Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Program (AFOSR-YIP)
  • Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program
  • DARPA Young Faculty Award (DARPAYFA)
  • National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program Award (NSF-CAREER)
  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)
  • the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) Early Career Award


  1. ^ "Pieter Abbeel at Stanford".
  2. ^ "Pieter Abbeel at Berkeley".
  3. ^ "Turnitin Acquires Gradescope".
  4. ^ "OpenAI Blog".
  5. ^ Shead, Sam. "AI Geniuses Are Being Paid Over $1 Million At Elon Musk's OpenAI".
  6. ^ "A.I. Researchers Leave Elon Musk Lab to Begin Robotics Start-Up". Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  7. ^ "60 Seconds with Pieter Abbeel, professor at University of California Berkeley". www.mmh.com.
  8. ^ "covariant.ai".
  9. ^ "Faculty Homepage". EECS. Retrieved 15 February 2019.

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