Bryon Tjanaka

I am a computer science PhD student in the ICAROS Lab at USC, supervised by Stefanos Nikolaidis. I also serve as the webmaster of USC’s VGSA, and as a senator representing the Viterbi School in GSG. Previously, I was an undergraduate in computer science at UC Irvine, where I worked with Roy Fox and the Intelligent Dynamics Lab on hierarchical reinforcement learning, and with David Mobley, Jessica Maat, and the Mobley Lab on molecular dynamics force fields. Additionally, I was the Internal Vice President of ACM@UCI. Outside of academia, I have interned at Google for three summers.

My main interests are in robotics and AI, particularly reinforcement learning, clustering, and human-robot collaboration. I have also explored computational chemistry, competitive programming, and web development.

During high school, I competed in the VEX Robotics Competition with 86868: The Resistance and won the 2017 VEX Robotics High School World Championship.

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24 August 2020 I have started my PhD at USC!
13 June 2020 I have graduated from UC Irvine!
18 April 2020 Check out my interview with UCI's ICSSC for their Humans of ICS series.
30 March 2020 I have received an Honorable Mention in the NSF GRFP competition.
13 March 2020 Website update! Now using the TeXt Theme.