I’m Wil Thomason, a second-year PhD student in computer science at Cornell. My primary research interests are in robotics, though I’m also interested in programming languages, algorithms, machine learning, and interdisciplinary efforts among these areas.

In particular, I’m interested in algorithms for efficient cooperation in heterogeneous multi-agent scenarios. I want teams of humans and arbitrary robotic systems to be able to work together in a manner which both “feels” natural (i.e. equivalent to or better than working with a team of humans alone) and is efficient and effective (i.e. utilizes differences in capabilities between the agents well, eliminates redundant work, allows for the accomplishment of tasks flexibly and quickly, etc.)

Currently, I work with Professor Ross Knepper on projects related to situated gestural understanding, contextual language understanding, and multi-agent planning.