How to get involved

Our goal is to develop the conceptual and technical wherewithal to reorient AI research towards provably beneficial systems; see our About page for more. This page describes how you can get involved with our work:

As a research collaborator

We welcome potential collaborations with faculty members, postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduates with suitable backgrounds. The core technical areas of research include concepts and tools one might acquire as a student or researcher in computer science, mathematics, control theory, robotics, statistics, formal logic, economics (including game theory), cognitive psychology, or neuroscience. We are also interested in extending our activities into areas relevant to moral philosophy, sociology, political science, law, and other fields dealing with formal and semiformal theories of human value systems and the organization principles that further those systems.

If you're interested in working with us, there may be ways we can help, depending on your current research situation. In addition to signing up to receive our newsletter (coming soon), if you fall into any of the following categories, please contact us to start a conversation:

Faculty members:

  • At Berkeley: please contact our Director, Stuart Russell (russell@berkeley.edu), if you are interested in a potential research collaboration or would like to know more. You may wish to join the mailing list for one of our regular seminars covering a range of HCAI-related topics, often with outside speakers.
  • At Cornell or Michigan: please contact Bart Selman (selman@cs.cornell.edu) or Michael Wellman (wellman@umich.edu).
  • At other institutions: please contact Andrew Critch (critch@eecs.berkeley.edu) if you're interested in initiating an HCAI-related research activity at your own institution, collaborating with us, visiting Berkeley, or sending graduate students as visitors. Also feel free to borrow or build on our course syllabi (coming soon) for teaching at your own institution.

Postdocs and graduate students:

Contact Andrew Critch (critch@eecs.berkeley.edu) if you fall into one of the following categories:

  • Postdocs and graduate students at Berkeley. If you’re already at Berkeley and have a suitable technical background, we can invite you to one of our research meetings to see if any opportunities for collaboration arise.
  • PhD students at other institutions. Please discuss with your advisor whether it would be a good idea for you to spend a semester or two at Berkeley working with us. Your advisor can recommend you as a visiting student. Also be sure to visit our Jobs page to watch for postdoc openings.

Note to undergraduate students interested in graduate study in this area at Berkeley: please apply directly to the graduate program that is appropriate for your background and research interests. The CHAI faculty at Berkeley (Stuart Russell, Peter Abbeel, Anca Dragan, and Tom Griffiths) typically supervise PhD students in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Logic and Methodology of Science, and Psychology. You may certainly mention your interest in working with one or more of us in your application; but do not send applications to us, or ask us for feedback on your qualifications. In all cases, admission decisions are made by the Admissions Committee. We will be happy to discuss research and/or supervision with you once you have been admitted.

As a general supporter

Please sign up to receive our newsletter (coming soon). The newsletter will introduce and describe new programs for involving interested parties as those programs are developed.

If you are planning to make a donation, please do feel free to contact us directly.