Austin James Garrett

Austin James Garrett

Scholar Title

MIT SoE | Quest Undergraduate Research and Innovation Scholar

Research Title

Program Induction for Intuitive Physics





Research Areas
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Joshua Tenenbaum


Metalearning, task generalization, transfer learning, and one-shot learning have all shown to be closely related and essential features of broader and more powerful machine learning methodologies. Behind these issues lies a failure of appropriate world-modeling behavior through symbolic abstraction. We seek to offer a possible methodology that facilitates a more robust form of general abstract reasoning, using program induction to facilitate symbolic reasoning. In pursuit of this goal, we explore applications of this paradigm to a block-stacking environment demanding robust physical intuition, with tasks requiring challenging hierarchical planning.


“I hope that through this SuperUROP project, I will learn how to write a publication for an academic conference. Before this, I’ve had multiple research opportunities in machine learning and the application of neural networks, but none have led to a tangible publication. I am excited to explore a more novel area of deep learning and work towards tangible products that demonstrate my research experience and prepare me for graduate-level study.”

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