Shi Johnson-Bey (he/him)

photo at GDC19 AI Summit

I research multi-agent simulations for interactive storytelling as a Ph.D. student in the Expressive Intelligence Studio at the University of California - Santa Cruz. I have a M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and two B.S. degrees in Computer Science and Neuroscience from the University of Delaware. I am the co-founder of, The Blacklist DMV, where we focus on spotlighting Black-owned food businesses in Washington D.C, Maryland, and Virginia. I am currently the sole web developer and designer for our online business directory, Jyackl.



Node-based visual scripting language for story sifting


Customizable Social Simulation Framework for making Talk of the Town-likes

Raid AI

This was a brief startup project created on the side while working. The goal was to train agents using reinforcement learning to be better companions for RPG-style raid battles.


Desktop game where the player is a Magpie bird stealing from a museum guarded by dogs. This game was the final group project for Computer Game Programming Fall 2018 at Carnegie Mellon University.

Auditory Brain-Computer Interface for VR

My masters research on developing a auditory brain-computer interface for interacting with objects in virtual reality.

ML-Agent Boxing

I threw this project together over the course of a week as an entry in Unity's first challenge for their new 'Ml-Agents' machine learning workflow.


3D Sword Mesh procedural generator written in TypeScript.