Taylor Kessler Faulkner is a PhD student and NSF Graduate Research Fellow in the Computer Science Department at the University of Texas at Austin, where she works with Prof. Andrea Thomaz in the Socially Intelligent Machines Lab. She received her B.S. in Computer Science from Denison University, with minors in Mathematics and Music Performance. She graduated from Denison University summa cum laude with a President's Medal for her work in the Math and Computer Science Department and involvement in the Music Department.
Taylor's research enables robots to learn from imperfect human teachers using interactive reinforcement learning. People may not fully understand how robots should complete a task, or they may not have long periods of time available to advise learning robots. Her goal is to create algorithms that allow robots to learn from these potentially inaccurate or inattentive teachers.