Wil Thomason

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Wil Thomason is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Computer Science, working with Prof. Lydia E. Kavraki in the Kavraki Lab. Wil is a roboticist, primarily working on integrated task and motion planning - an area of robotics focused on algorithmic techniques for enabling robots to autonomously carry out complex tasks from high-level specifications. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. from Cornell University, working with Prof. Hadas Kress-Gazit, where his thesis research focused on methods for making task and motion planning both easier to use and more efficient. His research works toward a vision of highly capable, affordable robotic systems working alongside humans as assistants in everyday tasks. 

Research Areas

Task and Motion Planning, Robotics, AI, Algorithms


PhD, Computer Science, Cornell University (2021)

MS, Computer Science, Cornell University (2019)

BS, Computer Science with dual major in Mathematics, University of Virginia (2015)

Honors & Awards

CRA CI Fellows Postdoctoral Fellow (2021)

RSS Pioneer (2020)

NDSEG Graduate Fellowship (2017)

NSF GRFP (2017)


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