I'm lead research analyst at Stanford Law School's Regulation, Evaluation, and Governance Lab (RegLab), where I design and evaluate algorithms for various problems in public policy.

On the side, I co-host the Increments podcast, where Vaden Masrani and I confuse ourselves and others about philosophy and science. Sometimes I string words together and post the result somewhere in public. And sometimes I yell about bad philosophy (including mine) and offer mellow takes on twitter.

You can contact me at benchugg@stanford.edu.

I enjoy talking to you. Your mind appeals to me. It resembles my own mind except that you happen to be insane.
- George Orwell, 1984.

Research Interests

My primary interests involve developing robust sequential decision-making algorithms, particularly in settings where traditional assumptions are violated. I try and straddle the borderlands between theory and practice, but I've also spent some time doing purely applied work (typically with a policy focus).

I'm also interested in algorithm design and analysis more broadly, having previously done some work in graph theory, combinatorial optimization, and stochastic reaction networks.

Miscellany

In the spirit of weird, nerdy, social signaling—here is a list of

Here is my CV of failures.

Sometimes I try and do this when I'm alone. It doesn't go as well.

An erratic bio

Prior to Stanford, I was a grad student at the Mathematical Institute at Oxford, where I studied topics at the intersection of spectral graph theory and geometry. Here is my thesis on the subject.

In 2018, I spent some time at RIKEN AIP in Tokyo, where I was lucky to work with Dr. Maehara as part of the Discrete Optimization Unit.

My undergraduate was spent at the University of British Columbia studying mathematics and computer science, where I was immensely fortunate to be supervised by Will Evans and Anne Condon.

Increments

The podcast is mostly an attempt to break out of the academic echochamber and talk about things other than limit theorems and algorithmic performance. We have a few beers and chat about anything from moral philosophy and thought experiments, to the philosophy of logic, climate change, free will, dualism, and social media. We also have an ongoing series on Conjectures and Refutations by Karl Popper.

We're filling the two-academics-talk-about-everything-while-mildy-intoxicated shaped hole in your heart, a necessary part of any healthy society. No need to thank us.