Allen Z. Ren
Hi there! I'm a PhD student at Princeton, where I work with
Ani Majumdar on robotics. I am also a student researcher at Google DeepMind with Andy Zeng, and currently visiting Dorsa Sadigh's group at Stanford.
I design algorithms that enable robots and other agents to operate safely and robustly under diverse environment variations, thus building trust between humans and robots.
Currently I am particularly interested in:
(1) quantifying uncertainty of foundation-model-based modules (perception, planning, and control), thus triggering active knowledge acquisition when needed;
(2) robustfying policies trained with human demonstrations using diverse simulated scenarios for better generalization in diverse real environments.
Please reach out if you find them interesting!
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allen dot ren at princeton dot edu
2023Conference on Robot Learning (CoRL) Best Student Paper Award
2020Princeton News article "Machine learning guarantees robots' performance in unknown territory"
2019B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Minor in Mathematics, M.S.E. in Robotics, Johns Hopkins University
2018Robotics Institute Summer Scholars, Carnegie Mellon University
Allen Z. Ren, Anushri Dixit, Alexandra Bodrova, Sumeet Singh, Stephen Tu, Noah Brown, Peng Xu, Leila Takayama, Fei Xia, Jake Varley, Zhenjia Xu, Dorsa Sadigh, Andy Zeng, Anirudha Majumdar
Conference on Robot Learning (CoRL), 2023
★ Oral Presentation, Best Student Paper Award, CoRL ★
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Kai-Chieh Hsu*, Allen Z. Ren*, Duy Phuong Nguyen, Anirudha Majumdar**, and Jaime F.
*Equal contribution in alphabetical order; **Equal advising
Artificial Intelligence Journal (AIJ), October 2022
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Nathaniel Simon, Allen Z. Ren, Alexander Pique, David Snyder, Daphne Barretto, Marcus Hultmark,
and Anirudha Majumdar
IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, 2023
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Stronger Generalization Guarantees for Robot Learning by Combining Generative Models and Real-World Data
Abhinav Agarwal, Sushant Veer, Allen Z. Ren, and Anirudha Majumdar
IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, 2022
Zhiyi Ren and Aaron Johnson
CMU Robotics Institute Summer Scholars Working Papers Journal, 2018
Zhiyi Ren, Ratan Othayoth, and Chen Li
American Physics Society, Robophysics, 2018
2022Dexterous Manipulation Team, Toyota Research Institute
2023Co-organizer, OOD Workshop, CoRL
2020+Co-organizer, Princeton Robotics Seminar