Allen Z. Ren     任至意


Ph.D. Student
Intelligent Robot Motion (IRoM) Lab
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Princeton University

Advisor: Prof. Anirudha Majumdar


Ph.D. Research

  • Distributionally Robust Policy Learning via Adversarial Environment Generation
    Allen Z. Ren, Anirudha Majumdar
    Under review, 2021 Arxiv | Video

  • Combining statistical generalization guarantees with safe reinforcement learning and shielding


  • Ph.D. Student in Mechanical Engineering, Princeton University, 2019-Present

  • M.S.E. Robotics, Johns Hopkins University, 2018-2019

  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Minor in Mathematics, Johns Hopkins University, 2015-2019
    Advisor: Prof. Chen Li

Undergraduate Research

  • Built insect-inspired legged robots and investigated general principles of terrestrial locomotion through robophysical experiments APS 2018, BB 2019

  • Developed a proprioceptive contact-detection leg observer for Minitaur robot and applied it to disturbance and touchdown detection during stair climbing, with Prof. Aaron Johnson RISS 2018

  • Built a “smart” guitar that measures forces applied by the fingers at 72 locations on the fretboard IEEE Sensor 2019, More details


About Me

I was born in Jiangsu, China and grew up there until 16 when I continued high school in the U.S.. I can speak Mandarin, English, and Wu fluently. I enjoy watching and playing soccer, hitting the gym, and traveling/backpacking. I am also getting a private pilot license.