I am interested in developing intelligent agents or robots, and I want to make an impact in this world by using this technology to create solutions to real world problems. It has led me to focus my research in reinforcement learning and robotics. As a prior Hospital Corpsman in the U.S. Navy, the advancement of this field is personal in a way that this can have a great impact in the production of the next-gen robots that can help minimize the risks faced by of our troops in combat zones. Currently, my research has been mainly on how we can speed-up the learning of an RL agent using several approaches. The approaches that I have been working on includes human demonstration and transfer learning.
I graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from CIT University, Philippines, in 2005. I immigrated to the United States right after graduation, then enlisted in the U.S. Navy in November 2005. After 6 years of military service, I enrolled in Washington State University where I took 3 semesters of CS undergraduate courses before applying in WSU’s graduate program. Currently, I am a Ph.D. student in the Intelligent Robot Learning Laboratory (IRL Lab) under the supervision of Dr. Matthew Taylor.