The Lab for Interactive Artificial Intelligence is mostly made up of the pfunk research group, a diverse group of researchers and researchers-in-training. Our backgrounds range from systems to cognitive science to algorithmic machine learning to good old fashioned AI and several places outside and in between. The p in pfunk stands for probablistic. As for the funk, it stands for many things, as well it should. Specific interpretations are left as an exercise for the reader.

Now
Charles Isbell
Atomic Dog
*
parliament, mothership, flashlight
Arya Irani
Clone
symbols,
signals

drfunkenstein
Chris Simpkins
Pill
ml engineering,
ml languages

dvoidoffunk
Jon Scholz
Clone
rl,
robotics

bopgun
Kaushik Subramanian
Clone
deep learning,
interactive rl

trombipulation
Ashley Edwards
Atlantean
gaming,
interactive rl

funkadelica
Ryan Curtin
Pill
scalable ml,
simulation

automobile
Forever
Michael Holmes
Pyramid, 2008-12
scalable ml,
constructivist learning

[1] sirnose
Chip Mappus
Pyramid, 2009-12
comp. neuroscience,
cognitive science

[2] bootsy
David Roberts
Pyramid, 2010-04
adaptive narrative,
optimization

[3] starchild
Peng Zang
Pyramid, 2011-10
rl abstraction,
scaling

[4] funkronomicon
Sooraj Bhat
Pyramid, 2013-04
probability theory,
ml languages

[5] uncle-jam
Luis C. Cobo Rus
Pyramid, 2013-04
interactive rl,
scaling

[6] lovedoctor
Liam Mac Dermed
Pyramid, 2013-08
game theory,
marl

[7] motorbooty

Olufisayo Omojokun
Pyramid, post-doc 2008-05
mobile computing,
adaptive ubicomp

kneedeep
Joshua Jones
Pyramid, postdoc 2013-12
metareasoning,
kbml

aquaboogie

Ben Ku
Lollypop '04
mac hacker,
music modeler

Adam Davis
Atlantean '04
scheduling,
adaptive email

Purnamrita Sarkar
Exchange Lollypop '04
feature extraction,
computational biology

Charles Pippin
Atlantean '04
signature recognition,
systems

Shane McDaniel
Atlantean '05
text retrieval,
systems

Nishant Mehta
Lollypop '05
clustering,
language

Joseph Lee
Clone
activity discovery,
bioinformatics

Andrew Cantino
Atlantean '07
graphics,
optimization

Christina Strong
Atlantean '08
adaptive narrative
game ai

Kenny St. Clair
Lollypop '08
gamester,
systems hacker

Peng Zhou
Atlantean '11
interactive learning,
authorship

Karthik Narayan
Lollypop '11
game theory
rl

Honorary
Michael Littman
Atomic Dog
reinforcement learning,
dynamic programming

Jeff Pierce
Pyramid
usable security,
personal environments

Cedric Stallworth
Inspirational Atlantean
education,
outreach

Andrea Thomaz
Flashlight
interactive ml,
hri

David Minnen
Pyramid '08
activity discovery,
scalable ml

Mark Nelson
Pill
expressive ai,
gaming

M. Raffay Hamid
Pyramid '08
activity discovery,
vision

Zach Pousman
Atlantean '04
visualization,
visualizer

Richard Otero
Pyramid, 2012
aerospace,
intelligent design

Michael White
Lollypop '04
gamester,
text clustering

Legend
This is probably obvious to anyone familar with the pfunk mythology, but for the rest of you:

Lollypop: undergraduate
Atlantean: moved beyond undergraduate
Clone: moved beyond the Ph.D. qualifer
Pill: moved beyond the Ph.D. proposal
Pyramid: learned the secrets of the funk and earned a Ph.D.
Flashlight: transcended beyond troubles and earned tenure
Atomic Dog: taken tenure an extra step to Fully Funky