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.


I’m interested in algorithms for efficient cooperation in heterogeneous multi-agent scenarios - 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.

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

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 and Spring 2017)

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