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Nick DePalma

Nick de Palma

Ph.D. candidate in MAS

Nick DePalma is a graduate research assistant and PhD candidate at the MIT Media Lab. An avid hacker, Nick has been coding in C since he was 12 years old. He has historically been interested in believability, games, animation, and computer vision. Spending 5+ years in each, he has experience in both academia and industry.
Nick’s long-term goal is to find the best way to touch everyday user’s lives by bringing autonomous robotic technologies to market in an accessible way. His primary focus has been on how to build a cognitive architecture that involves aspects of crowdsourcing, situated cognition, and directed perception interfaces. His academic research goals focus primarily on biomimetic, “attention-oriented” models of cognition, trying to understand what they can do for various components of the interaction.