Max Kleiman-Weiner, PhD

2011 Hertz Fellow
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Max Kleiman-Weiner is co-founder and chief executive officer at Common Sense Machines, a company creating artificial intelligence that learns to build a 3D model of the world.

He was previously a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard’s Data Science Initiative and the Center for Research on Computation and Society.

Max earned his PhD in Computational Cognitive Science from MIT in 2018 advised by Josh Tenenbaum and funded by the NSF and Hertz Foundation. His research focuses on formal models of human intelligence which inspire new algorithms and tools for building human-like AI. In particular, Max reverse-engineers human social intelligence by integrating Bayesian models of learning and multi-agent planning algorithms from artificial intelligence together with game theory and evolutionary dynamics. He won best paper at RLDM 2017 for models of human cooperation and the William James Award at SPP for computational work on moral learning. Previously, he was a Fulbright Fellow in Beijing (and speaks Mandarin), earned an MSc in Applied Statistics as a Marshall Scholar in Oxford, and did his undergraduate work at Stanford University as a Goldwater Scholar.

Max is also co-founder and Chief Scientist of Diffeo, a start-up company based in Cambridge that creates algorithms that learn to collaborate with people by highlighting gaps in knowledge and uncovering new connections.

Graduate Studies

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cognitive Science
Computational Foundations of Human Social Intelligence


2013, The Newman Entrepreneurial Initiative Fund, Fannie & John Hertz Foundation
2011, Marshall Scholar, Marshall Scholarship