About Me!

My name is Ben Eisner, and I’m a Machine Learning Researcher and Software Engineer focusing on robotic systems that learn to interact with the unstructured world. I have a strong background in machine learning research and engineering, and have helped build systems that are used by hundreds of millions of people around the world.

Starting Fall 2020, I will be pursuing a Ph.D. in Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University in the Robotics Institute. I am also honored to be the recipient of the 2020 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, which will support my my studies over the course of my Ph.D.

Here a recent version of my resume and my academic cv.

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You can reach me at ben.a.eisner@gmail.com.



Robotic Grasping through Combined image-Based Grasp Proposal and 3D Reconstruction
Tarik Tosun, Daniel Yang, Ben Eisner, Volkan Isler, Daniel Lee
Under Review for IROS 2020


QXplore: Q-learning Exploration by Maximizing Temporal Difference Error
Riley Simmons-Edler, Ben Eisner, Eric Mitchell, Sebastian Seung, Daniel Lee
NeurIPS 2019 Workshop on Deep RL

Pixels to Plans: Learning Non-Prehensile Manipulation by Imitating a Planner
Tarik Tosun*, Eric Mitchell*, Ben Eisner, Jinwook Huh, Bhoram Lee, Daewon Lee, Volkan Isler, Sebastian Seung, Daniel Lee
IROS 2019

Q-Learning for Continuous Actions with Cross-Entropy Guided Policies
Riley Simmons-Edler*, Ben Eisner*, Eric Mitchell, Sebastian Seung, Daniel Lee
ICML 2019 Workshop on RL4RealLife


Deep Learning Methods for 3D Segmentation of Neural Tissue in EM Images
Ben Eisner
Princeton University Senior Thesis
thesis | project


emoji2vec: Learning emoji representations from their description
Ben Eisner, Tim Rocktäschel, Isabelle Augenstein, Matko Bošnjak, Sebastian Riedel
Best Paper at EMNLP 2016 Workshop on SocialNLP
arxiv | project