Chris Piech

  • Stanford University

Chris Piech is a Lecturer of Computer Science at Stanford University where he teaches both introduction to programming and introduction to artificial intelligence. He is a recipient of the George E. Forsyth Memorial Teaching Award. He is one of the founders of CSBridge, an initiative to develop near-peer tutor communities in universities around the world. In his research Piech has developed algorithms, especially deep learning architectures, to better understand how humans learn both generally and in the context of programming education. He is especially known for pioneering Deep Knowledge Tracing and Tuned Peer Grading. The algorithms that he has developed are run at Stanford, on Code.org, and on Coursera in order to teach and provide feedback to millions of students.  Piech is currently working on methods to have “zero shot artificial intelligence tutors,” with the goal of developing autonomous tutors that can effectively understand and help students who are working through assignments when there is no prior student data. Piech was born in Nairobi, Kenya and spent his childhood between Nairobi and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He earned his Ph.D. from Stanford University.