Hi there. I am Andrey Kurenkov, a grad student at Stanford that likes do research about AI and robotics, write code, appreciate art, and ponder about life.

Currently, I am a PhD student with the Stanford Vision and Learning Lab working at the intersection of robotics and computer vision, and am co-advised by Silvio Savarese and Ken Goldberg.

This site documents my various projects, my writing (technical and not), and my photography. I am also quite active on Twitter.

“I love writing. I get a kick out of sharing my thoughts with others. The act of transforming ideas into words is an amazingly efficient way to solidify and refine your thoughts about a given topic. “ -Tom Preston (creator of Jekyll), Blogging Like a Hacker

If you are so curious, I am more specifically interested in:

  • AI/machine learning (increasingly, the deep kind)
  • cinema (Tarkovsky, Aronofsky, Kaufman, Kurosawa, Bergman, Carruth, Kon, Miyazaki, Zvyagintsev, etc)
  • robotics (particularly, intelligent robotics that can interact with humans)
  • video games (mostly narrative-driven, all the indie stuff, and the Mass Effect-type stuff, and so on)
  • energy/climate change (this is what led me to my EE degree)
  • books (hard science fiction, modernist, some post-modernist, some pre-modernist)
  • programming (especially embedded programming, but also scripting and hackathon types things as well)
  • photography (doing it, as you can see on this site, but also appreciating)

Or, in visual terms: