Nick Walker, Computer Science, Honors
Nick Walker is a Dean’s Honored Graduate in Computer Science. He is graduating with an Honors B.S.A. in Computer Science, an Evidence and Inquiry Certificate and a Digital Arts and Media Bridging Disciplines Program Certificate. He is a student in the Polymathic Scholars Honors program. He is being recognized for his excellence in research and his thesis “An Interaction Perspective on Learning for Domestic Service Robots.”
As a student and researcher in the Autonomous Intelligent Robotics stream of the Freshman Research Initiative, Nick worked on systems and algorithms to create service robots that are useful for everyday tasks, such as fetching items or delivering messages. Nick continued his research in the lab of Dr. Justin Hart where he went on to coauthor two published peer-reviewed articles and two additional articles in preparation. He also completed graduate-level coursework in human-robot interaction, robot learning and reinforcement learning and served on UT’s RoboCup@Home team, which competes at international contests by programming robots to complete housekeeping tasks.
In addition to his research, Nick served as an FRI mentor in the Autonomous Intelligent Robotics stream and as an officer in the Mobile App Development student organization. Nick has held the Angus G. and Erna H. Pearson Endowed Undergraduate Scholarship, a Texas Institute for Discovery Education in Science Fellowship and an Undergraduate Research Fellowship. Nick also plays in small string ensembles with other students in the Engineering Chamber Orchestra. After graduation, Nick will pursue a Ph.D. in computer science at the University of Washington.