Aaron Walsman

Incoming Research Fellow

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Aaron Walsman recently completed his PhD at the University of Washington, studying embodied AI and robotics in the Robotics and State Estimation and RAIVN labs—led by Dieter Fox and Ali Farhadi, respectively. He received a Masters in Robotics from the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon, working in the Personal Robotics lab with Sidd Srinivasa. Prior to robotics, Aaron was a technical artist building control systems for animated characters on several feature films such as Horton Hears a Who, Ice Age III and Rio.

Research Focus

Aaron Walsman’s research investigates online information gathering and memory for agents in interactive environments. This work is primarily concerned with complex partially observable settings where an agent must reason about the limits of the information available to them and decide how to conduct further exploration to find the new information necessary to solve a particular task. The long-term goal of this research is to develop AI systems that intelligently reason over very long time horizons by selectively retaining the most important information from the past in order to make plans for improving their understanding in the future.