Jesse Thomason

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Assistant Professor of Computer Science (starting Fall 2021)


  • 2018, Doctoral Degree, Computer Science, University of Texas - Austin
  • 2013, Bachelor's Degree, Computer Science; Mathematics, University of Pittsburgh


I am starting as an Assistant Professor at USC in fall 2021, and I'm currently taking a gap year as a visiting scholar with Amazon Alexa AI. Recently, I was a postdoctoral researcher working with Luke Zettlemoyer at the University of Washington.

Research Summary

My research area brings together natural language processing and robotics to connect language to the world (RoboNLP), and centers around three efforts to bring language skills to robot and embodied simulation agents: connecting language to agent perception, including visual, tactile, and auditory senses, connecting language to agent actions by inferring goals from language, and lifelong learning through dialog with people.


    • 941 Bloom Walk Bldg. #78
    • USC Mail Code: 0781

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