A. Feder Cooper


A. Feder Cooper

Gates Hall
Department of Computer Science
Cornell University
afc78 [AT] cornell [DOT] edu

CV arxiv scholar


I am actively looking for a Summer 2023 internship! Please do not hesitate to reach out

About Me

I am a Ph.D. candidate in Computer Science at Cornell University, where I am very fortunate to be a member of the Relax ML Lab and advised by Chris De Sa. I am broadly interested aligning the use of AI/ML with broader public values. This involves researching abstractions to make AI/ML systems assessable not just by engineers for debugging purposes, but also by other stakeholders who want to ensure that these systems' empirical behavior aligns with their intended use.

My CS work has thus-far focused on empirically motivated, theoretically grounded problems in Bayesian inference, model selection, and deep learning. My tech policy and ethics research aims to characterize the relationship between uncertainty, reliability, and accountability, for which I also engage methods from social sciences and the law.

During Summer 2022, I had the privilege of interning with Solon Barocas and Siddhartha Sen at Microsoft Research NYC. This has led to two collaborations, one focused on CS disciplinary contributions and a second intended for publication in a tech law journal. In 2021, I was named a "Rising Star in EECS" by MIT. Prior to attending Cornell, I worked for several years in industry at companies both big and small, and did my undergrad in Computer Science and Archaeology. I am a member of Cornell's initiative on Artificial Intelligence, Policy, and Practice (AIPP), and am engaged in a variety of outreach and service programs in CS mentorship and education. I am very grateful to have had my work supported by AIPP and the John T. and Catherine D. MacArthur Foundation.

In my free time, I am fully committed to perfecting the art of rolling fresh pasta 🍝. I am usually doing that, but if not you can find me reading, learning Italian, or practicing mischief.



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