Bryon Tjanaka

I am a PhD student in the ICAROS Lab at USC, supervised by Stefanos Nikolaidis. My research focuses on robotics and AI, particularly applications of quality diversity optimization and evolutionary algorithms to reinforcement learning and human-robot collaboration.

Previously, I studied at UCI, where I worked with Roy Fox and the indylab on hierarchical RL, and with the Mobley Lab on force fields. Outside research, I have spent time at Google. During high school, I competed in VEX Robotics with The Resistance and won the World Championship.

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23 March 2021 I have received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship!
5 February 2021 Check out pyribs, a quality diversity algorithm library I released with the ICAROS Lab.
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.