Course Staff

The best way to contact the staff is through Piazza. If you need to contact the course staff via email, we can be reached at You may contact the professors or GSIs directly, but the staff list will produce the fastest response. All emails end with


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Anca Dragan

Email: anca@


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Mesut Xiaocheng Yang

Head TA
Email: Admin cs188@, Personal xiaocheng.yang@
  • Hello everyone! I am an EECS 5th-Year-Master student. This will be the 6th time I am a TA for CS 188, and the 3rd time as the Head TA. My current research interest is human-robot-interaction under uncertainties. In my free time, I like to hike with friends, and to travel to race radio-controlled vehicles at national events. Feel free to come talk to me about anything!
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Akshit Dewan

Email: akshit@
  • Hello! I am a buffoon’s needle.
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Albert Yu

Email: albertyu@
  • My 10-year old brother wrote my bio for me: “I only let Jimmy eat peanuts I make. I live on Peanut Ave. I do peanut gardening. My friend is Jimmy. My PhD is farming.”
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Andrea Bajcsy

Email: abajcsy@
  • Hi! I'm Andrea, a fifth year EECS Ph.D. student. I’m advised by professors Anca Dragan and Claire Tomlin and my research interests lie in the intersection of robotics, machine learning, control theory, and human-robot interaction. In my free time, I enjoy cooking (and eating) new foods, playing with my dog, watching TV, and hanging out with friends.
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Aneri Shah

Email: aneri.shah@
  • Hi! I'm a third year EECS major from Fremont. In my free time, I enjoy dancing, trying new food places, and hiking around. I'm super excited about TA'ing for a class I learned so much from and I'm looking forward to meeting you all!
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Angela Yan

Email: abyan@
  • Hello! I’m Angela, a fourth year CS/Cog-Sci major from San Diego. In my free time, I love being a mellophone player in the Cal Band, binging shows on Netflix (hmu with recommendations), and gaming (Valorant has been consuming all my free time this summer)! I also like to consider myself a boba connoisseur. Really excited to teach and meet all of you this semester :)
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Arin Nair

Email: arinnair@
  • Hello! I'm Arin, a 4th year CS Major. I grew up in Chicago but now I live in the Bay full time. I love CS and AI so I am excited to work with all of you. However, I live for my free time which I spend listening to rap music, hiking, playing games, and fishing. I am also a fan of fitness and being active, but my favorite thing to do is to just talk to people about life. Feel free to reach out to me about anything at all!
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Arjun Sripathy

Email: arjunsripathy@
  • Hi there! I'm a 3rd year EECS major and excited to enjoy 188 with all of you this semester! I find Artificial Intelligence and related fields fascinating, especially the way we can leverage readily available information to power amazing algorithms. I love playing sports, hiking, biking or anything else outdoors really! I also enjoy the NBA & NFL as well as their video games. Look forward to meeting everyone!
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Arvind Sridhar

Email: arvindsridhar@
  • Hey friends! I'm Arvind, a senior from the South Bay. Here at Cal, I'm working on research to improve the robustness of neural networks against certified adversarial attacks. In my free time, I love playing basketball, hiking, driving exotic cars, and watching Netflix (ATLA superfans wya??).
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Carl Qi

Email: daguqihanwen@
  • Hi! I’m a senior majoring in cs and math. My research interests are deep reinforcement learning and unsupervised learning, and my daily interests include eating Chick-fil-A and watching Dude Perfect. Looking forward to a fun semester with y'all!
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Cathy Li

Email: cathy_li@
  • Hey! I’m a fourth year undergrad and this is my last semester at Cal. I love AI and am happy to rejoin the 188 TA team! In my free time, I enjoy staying indoor and eating a lot of ice cream. I’m excited to know more about you all, and I look forward to a rewarding semester with you!
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Emma Tao

Email: jiayue_tao@
  • Hi everyone! I’m a 4th-year CS/Philosophy/Econ major, born and raised in Beijing, China. I love everything in the intersection (or union) of humanities and tech, and my special talent is the ability to nap everywhere. (Sadly this semester I’ll just be napping at home.) In my free time, I like to read long novels and rewatch Rick & Morty for the thousandth time. Look forward to getting to know you all and learn together!
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Jeffrey Tao

Email: jtao@
  • Hi, I'm Jeffrey! Feel free to talk to me if you're interested in RL research.
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Jennifer Grannen

Email: jenngrannen@
  • Hi! I’m Jennifer, a fourth year CS major and I’m really excited to TA 188 this semester! My current research focuses on deformable object manipulation and NLP calibration techniques. In my free time, I love hiking, making music, and baking banana bread :)
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Jerry Zhiyang He

Email: hzyjerry@
  • Hello everyone! I am a second year CS Ph.D. interested in Human Robot Interactions. This is my first time TAing CS188 and I am quite excited to make the most out of it :) I love cooking, basketball, jiu jit-su, stand-up comedy and improv. Hit me up if you have any recs for fun activities at home!
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Jocelyn Chen

Email: jocelynchen1246@
  • Hi! I’m a third year CS major! I love boba, dancing, watching Netflix, and playing games (unfortunately League is the major one). Feel free to reach out to me to talk about anything. I’m looking forward to a great semester!
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Jonathan Yang

Email: jy2370@
  • Hello! I'm a third year EECS undergrad from Pleasanton, CA. My current research is in reinforcement learning and robotics. In my free time, I like to play clarinet in the wind ensemble, watch sitcoms, bake Brazilian cheese bread, and fetch toys that my dog loses under the sofa. I hope all of you are doing well and I am looking forward to a great semester!
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Katherine Shu

Email: katherineshu@
  • Hi! I’m a third year EECS Major from around LA. I enjoy traveling, dancing, and drawing. Against popular belief, I don’t like chocolate and I drink boba with no sugar and no ice. I hope you all have an amazing semester!! :)
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Nathan Lambert

Email: nol@
  • Hi all. I am a PhD candidate here in EECS working at the intersection of robotics and machine learning. I’m happy to rejoin the staff. Any other time I have is spent cooking, doing triathlons, or outdoorsing. I’m excited to get to know the students, so please come talk to me about anything!
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Ryan Koh

Email: ryan_koh@
  • Hi, I’m a CS student from SoCal, looking forward to meeting you all this semester! CS188 is a great class, where you not only learn about AI, but also develop a love-hate relationship with Pacman. Feel free to reach out about anything, and let’s have a great semester! We stan robots <3 Website:
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Saagar Sanghavi

Email: ssanghavi404@
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Yanlai Yang

Email: yyang22@
  • Hello! I’m a third-year CS and applied math major from Shanghai. My research is currently focused on reinforcement learning. This is my second time being a TA for this course and I am really excited to meet everyone! I took CS 188 last fall with Prof. Dragan and loved it. Outside of school, I love to play card games (especially contract bridge) and solve various kinds of puzzles.


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Austin Sun

Email: austin.jsun@
  • Hi! I’m Austin, a junior studying EECS & Business from SoCal. In my free time, I love playing basketball, driving at night with Drake playing (its gotta be Take Care specifically), or trying my hand at cooking new dishes. While stuck at home I’ve also found more time to read and am attempting to improve my guitar playing :) Excited to meet you all - please feel free to hit me up about anything!
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Ganeshkumar Ashokavardhanan

Email: ganeshkumar@
  • Hi everyone! I am Ganesh, a senior studying EECS and Business. I grew up in India and Qatar and I love AI and robotics! At Cal, I’ve been deeply involved in the Robotics@Berkeley and Engineering Student Council clubs. In my free time, I like listening to music from different countries, reading, and watching Netflix. I really enjoyed taking 188 and I hope you have a great semester!
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Kevin Chen

Email: chevin_ken@
  • Hello! I’m Kevin, a third year EECS student from Thousand Oaks, California. I’m excited to be a reader for CS 188, as it is one of my favorite classes so far! I love League of Legends, Teamfight Tactics, reading murder mystery novels (Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes in particular), playing basketball, and playing the saxophone. Hope you all have a great time learning about AI this semester!

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