I am a Master’s student in Computer Science at Brown University, working with George Konidaris, Stefanie Tellex, and James Tompkin, graduating in May 2020. Previously, I was an undergraduate student at Brown.

My goal is to create robust, helpful, and trustworthy Artificial Intelligence (AI) that can aid and collaborate with humans. My interests include Reinforcement Learning (RL), State Representation, and Uncertainty Quantification, with applications in Robotics and Healthcare.

Publications

Learning Feature Extraction for Transfer from Simulation to Reality
First Author on Undergraduate Honors Thesis at Brown University

Advanced Autonomy on a Low-Cost Educational Platform
Robocup Best Paper Award Finalist, IROS 2019, Macau China, November 4-8 2019, Second Author on Paper, Poster

PiDrone: An Autonomous Educational Drone using Raspberry Pi and Python
IROS 2018, Madrid Spain, October 1-5 2018, First Author on Paper, Poster

PiDrone: Design of a Low Cost Autonomous Drone
CARRE International Research Symposium 2017, Toronto Canada, June 21-22 2017, First Author on Poster

Ongoing Projects

Generalization in Reinforcement Learning using Adversarial Feature Selection
Research Project at Brown University using auxillary adversarial loss terms to encourage a RL agent to learn features sufficient to transfer between visual domains

Learning Task-Specific State Representations
Research Project at Harvard University and Brown University using Variational Autoencoders (VAEs) and forward modeling to learn efficient state representations

Mesh Generation using Message Passing Neural Networks
Research Project at Brown University using Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) and Message Passing Neural Networks (MPNNs) to generate 3D meshes

Awards and Honors

Senior Prize in Computer Science, Brown University 2019

Michael Black TAship Award, Brown University 2019

Elected to Sigma Xi Honors Society 2019

Academic Honors in Computer Science, Brown University 2019

Robocup Best Paper Finalist, IROS 2019

Research and Industry Roles

Data Scientist at Brown Venture Capital Inclusion Lab - Fall 2019 through Present

Software Engineering Intern at Cognex - Summer 2019

Deep Learning Intern at NVIDIA - Summer 2018

Research Assistant at Brown Robotics, Brown University Department of Computer Science - Summer 2016 through Present

Systems Programmer, Operator, Consultant (SPOC) at Brown University Department of Computer Science - Fall 2017 through Spring 2019

Head Teaching Assistant and Teaching Assistant at Brown CS - Fall 2016 through Present

Invited Talks

Speaker at Nerd Nite Providence 2020, Brown University Love Data Week

Service

Reviewer for Neurips Reproducibility Challenge 2019

Reviewer for International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2020

Reviewer and Technical Program Committee Member for International Symposium on Technology And Society (ISTAS) 2019

Reviewer for IROS 2019

Reviewer for IROS 2018

Contact me

josh_roy@brown.edu