JJ Balisanyuka-smith

Organizer / ML Researcher

Originally from London, England, I graduated with Honors in Cognitive Science and Math at Swarthmore College, PA. My research interests are focused on the areas of Machine Learning Theory, AI Safety, and AI Compression.

I am an Alumni of the Sutton Trust/ Fullbright US program and still regularly volunteer with the program. I Believe very strongly in the principles of Effective Altruism and have taken the Pledge to Give. Recently, I have been running EA Swarthmore with 2 of my amazing friends.


I can help others learn about running student groups and getting started doing ML Research as an undergrad especially in a LAC. I would love to talk to people about the relationship between AI Safety and Neuroscience.

Looking for

Learn more about how I can develop into my post-college career in community building and AI.

Cause Areas

  • AI safety technical research
  • EA community building
  • Global priorities research
  • AI strategy & policy
Giving Pledges Taken
  • Giving What We Can
Available to volunteer


Areas of expertise
  • AI technical expertise
Career interest areas
  • Research
  • AI technical expertise
  • Operations
  • Management


  • EA group organizers
  • People of color
  • LGBTQ+
  • Academia
Available as speaker
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