Lawson L.S. Wong

Ph.D. student (MIT CSAIL)
B.S., M.S. (Stanford CS)
32 Vassar St., 32-G418
Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
Tel: (617) 258-9749
Email: lsw 'at' csail 'dot' mit 'dot' edu


I am currently a postdoctoral fellow at Brown University. Please visit my new homepage.

I completed my Ph.D. in 2016 at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. I work under the Learning and Intelligent Systems Group, supervised by Leslie Pack Kaelbling and Tomás Lozano-Pérez.

My research interests fall broadly within machine learning and inference, currently with applications to robotics. Looking forward, I hope to build flexible and scalable spatial representations for agents working in complex structured environments such as human homes and offices. Over the years, I have also picked up many diverse interests, ranging from probability, theory, and logic to computational biology (my Ph.D. minor), cognitive science, and music.

Previously, I obtained my B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford in 2009. During those years, I worked with Andrew Ng on his STAIR (Stanford Artificial Intelligence Robot) project (see the Research and Publications section). Prior to my undergraduate studies, I was born and raised in Hong Kong. I spent a very memorable seven years in secondary school at Chinese International School.

Outside of academics, I maintain a diverse set of interests including, but certainly not limited to, running, yoga, music, singing, cooking, eating, reading, and discovering new interests. Snippets of these activities can be found in the Snippets and Pictures sections.

My resume / CV is available upon request.