wil thomason

I’m Wil Thomason, a third-year PhD student in the Department of Computer Science at Cornell University. My primary research interests are in robotics, though I’m also interested in machine learning, programming languages, and interdisciplinary efforts among these areas. I am graciously funded by the NDSEG Fellowship. I am advised by Professor Ross Knepper.


I’m interested in planning, particularly in integrated task and motion planning and multi-robot collaboration.

In task and motion planning, I’m interested in exploring tighter integration between existing planners to eliminate backtracking and replanning. I’m also interested in combining traditional planners with machine learning approaches for skill transfer and adaptation.

I’m interested in algorithms for efficient cooperation in heterogeneous multi-robot teams — in particular, for ad hoc teams. I want teams of humans and arbitrary robotic systems to be able to work together in a manner which both “feels” natural and is efficient and effective.

For more about my research, please see my publication and presentation list.




  • I have taught 7th and 8th grade girls about state machines and programming at Cornell’s Expanding your Horizons conference (Spring 2016, 2017, and 2018)

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This site contains references to my CV, a list of my publications and presentations, my (infrequently updated) blog, and my Github profile.


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