Mohammad Taufeeque


Hi! I am a final year undergraduate majoring in Computer Science from IIT Bombay. I am also a research intern at Microsoft Research.

My research interests broadly include reinforcement learning, theoretical machine learning and the alignment problem of AGI. My Bachelor’s thesis is under Prof. Shivaram Kalyanakrishnan in which I worked on building an AI agent for the game of Reconnaissance Blind Chess, which involves planning under partial observability. Our agent, Fianchetto won the NeurIPS 2021 Competition on RBC.

I have also worked with Prof. Ganesh Ramakrishnan in collaboration with Adobe Research India on the problem of understanding structured documents with pretrained models. In the summer of 2020, I interned at the PLRI lab of Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany to work with Prof. Thomas Deserno.

In my spare time, I enjoy playing chess, watching movies and listening to music.


Jan 31, 2022 Accepted for the Research Week with Google in the ML Foundations sub-track
Jan 15, 2022 Accepted for the AI Alignment track in the AGI Safety Fundamentals Programme conducted by Effective Altruism Cambridge
Dec 8, 2021 Presented the algorithm for my AI bot Fianchetto, at the NeurIPS 2021 workshop on RBC
Oct 23, 2021 Won the NeurIPS 2021 Competition on Reconnaissance Blind Chess (RBC)


  1. The Second NeurIPS Tournament of Reconnaissance Blind Chess
    Perrotta, Gino, Gardner, Ryan W., Lowman, Corey, Taufeeque, Mohammad, Tongia, Nitish, Kalyanakrishnan, Shivaram, Clark, Gregory, Wang, Kevin, Rothberg, Eitan, Garrison, Brady P., Dasgupta, Prithviraj, Canavan, Callum, and McCabe, Lucas
    In Proceedings of the NeurIPS 2021 Competitions and Demonstrations Track 06–14 dec 2022
  2. Multi-camera, multi-person, and real-time fall detection using long short term memory
    Taufeeque, Mohammad, Koita, Samad, Spicher, Nicolai, and Deserno, Thomas M.
    In Medical Imaging 2021: Imaging Informatics for Healthcare, Research, and Applications 2021
  3. Fianchetto: Speed, Belief, Guile, Caution to Win at Reconnaissance Blind Chess
    Taufeeque, Mohammad, Tongia, Nitish, and Kalyanakrishnan, Shivaram
    submitting to The Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research 2022
  4. Randomized POMDP Planning Algorithms
    Taufeeque, Mohammad, and Kalyanakrishnan, Shivaram
    Technical Report, 2021