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Jack Ryan

Hi! šŸ˜€ Iā€™m interested in AI, psychology, and math.


Academic Work
Multifractal Analysis of Eye Movement When Prevaricating: Poster in Oklahoma Psychological Society Conference, paper in progress.
On the Opportunities and Risks of Foundation Models: Co-author of the AI safety and alignment section.
CLIP Enrichment Circuits: We investigate late circuits on CLIP's vision side to understand how they glue abstract concepts together and build more general multimodal neurons.
Class Projects
AI Lie Detection: Is the hype justified? CS224n Final Project. I investigated the effects of bad methodology in the NLP lie detection setting. I concluded that the most impactful methodological flaw was the smallness of the dataset.
GNN Fraud Detection: From Troubleshooting to Triumph. CS224W Final Project. We used graph neural network variants to detect fraudulent transactions in financial networks. Our final solution utilized line graphs to fully leverage the node-centric nature of GNNs.
How Impressive is Google Maps? CS145 Final Project. We performed a very detailed exploratory data analysis of traffic patterns in Chicago. Our goal was to search for extractable features that would help predict trip distance or duration.
Toys and Tools
Multifractal Spectrum of Series: Compute the multifractal spectrum of a series. This can only be used for 25 hours/month total (among all users) for free, so please don't leave it open idly.
WebGazer Eye Tracking for Psychology Experiments: Use WebGazer to collect and download statistics about your eye movements!
Newton's Cradle: Physics simulator for as many Newton balls as you want!
Fourier Transform of a Drawn Curve: Draw a curve and see its fourier or inverse fourier transform!
Fractal Generator: Generates pretty variants of Sierpinski's Triangle.
History
2024 - Now
Pursuing entrepreneurship with the goal of promoting beneficial uses of AI.
2023 - 2024
Stanford University: MS in Computer Science, AI track. Completed in late March 2024. Semi-remote from Oklahoma City. GPA: 3.8. See Class Projects for projects completed during this program.
2022 - 2023
Gap year #2. UCO Visiting Student in Psychology and Research Assistant in Experimental Pscyhology under Dr. Vanhoy, researching deception detection through multifractal analysis of eye movements. I also completed my last few Stanford BS requirements at Yale, UCO, and OU.
2021 - 2022
Gap year #1, working in the Effective Altruism community. I helped co-found the MATS program, ran educational retreats on AI safety, and interned as a recruiter for Redwood Research. I was also awarded the Century Fellowship, for which I am very grateful. In June 2022, I moved back home to Oklahoma City.
2017 - 2021
Stanford University: BS in Mathematics; Student Co-director and Research Fellow of Stanford Existential Risks Initiative (2020-2021); Research Assistant at Stanford Vision Lab (Trustworthy AI group), under Dr. Fei-Fei Li. Head counselor and TA for Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies. President of Stanford Running Club. Member of Phi Kappa Psi.
2013 - 2017
Casady School: Oklahoma Magazine Outstanding Senior of 2017. Received the Catriona Mitchell Mathematics Award and Ian Rennert Memorial Award. President of Math Club, and HCSSiM 2016 alum. I also helped raise a few thousand dollars for OU Children's Hospital by running to exhaustion three times in our annual walk-a-thon. Advised by David Gorham, who I consider an Uncle figure.
1999 - 2013
Growing up in Oklahoma: I was mostly raised by my Mom, who is an incredible human being. I won "the Mom lottery" with her, and would never have made it this far without her unending encouragement and love.