Tianmin Shu

Tianmin Shu

I am a postdoc at MIT advised by Josh Tenenbaum and Antonio Torralba. My research goal is to engineer and reverse engineer social intelligence. I develop (1) cognitively inspired machine learning and AI methodologies for building socially inteligent systems, and (2) principled computational models that help uncover the cognitive mechanisms underlying human social intelligence. I received my Ph.D. in Statistics from University of California, Los Angeles under the supervision of Song-Chun Zhu, and have interned at Facebook AI Research and Salesforce Research.

Email: tshu [at] mit.edu

Google Scholar / Thesis


06/2021: Co-organized ICRA Workshop on Social Intelligence in Humans and Robots.

05/2021: Co-organized ICLR 2021 Social "Social AI Virtual Gathering."

02/2021: Invitated talk at Sony CSL, Paris.

11/2020: Invitated talk at Virutal Computational Neuroscience (VCN) Journal Club hosted by Stanford, MIT/Harvard, and Princeton.

09/2019: Invitated talk at ONR MURI meeting, Edinburgh.

05/2019: Our work on interpretable and hierarchical reinforcement learning was covered by Science News.   

03/2019: Our work on building a 3D virtual environment VRKitchen was covered by Tech Xplore.   

Reseach Highlights

Machine Social Perception

Human-AI Collaboration

Human Social Perception

Multi-agent Imitation and Reinforcement Learning