I am an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Colorado School of Mines, where I direct the MIRRORLab. Before joining Mines, I earned a joint PhD in Computer Science and Cognitive Science and an M.S. in Computer Science, both from Tufts University (where I worked in the in the Human-Robot Interaction Laboratory with Dr. Matthias Scheutz), and a B.A. in Computer Science from Hamilton College.

My work broadly focuses on artificial intelligence for human-robot interaction, especially problems involving natural language understanding and generation in uncertain and unknown environments. My work is strongly informed by work in cognitive science, especially theories from linguistics and cognitive psychology.

Research Interests: artificial intelligence, human-robot interaction, natural language communication, augmented reality, multi-modal interaction, assistive technologies, robot ethics, dempster-shafer theory, uncanny valley


  • Fall 2019 -- CSCI 498/598: Human-Robot Interaction
  • Spring 2019 -- CSCI/HASS 498/598: Robot Ethics
  • Spring 2018 -- CSCI 598: Linguistic Human-Robot Interaction
  • Fall 2017-2019 -- CSCI/EENG 437/507: Computer Vision
  • Spring 2017 (Tufts University) -- COMP131: Artificial Intelligence


  • Email: twilliams@mines.edu
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