Nick DePalma

Nick DePalma

Graduate Student


MIT Personal Robots Group

Boston, MA USA


If you're still thinking about [something] in the shower…that's when you love it.

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Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
His love for computers and programming started with video games.
First, he'd hack his computer to get the most out of his games.
From there, he started physically taking clocks and computers apart and rebuilding them.
He originally had a computer science degree that focused on special effects, but for his master's, he chose a specialization in robotics.
Now, as he's pursuing his Ph.D., he's part of MIT's Personal Robots Group, that focuses on human/robot interaction.
Time magazine named his lab's creation-Nexi, a robot that can display human emotion-one of the best inventions of 2008.
Says you know you love something if you're still thinking about it in the shower.
Says, unfortunately, part of becoming a professional means building a professional persona, but you can maintain your identity in outlets outside of work.
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Education

High School
Bachelor
Computer Science
Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus
Graduate
Computer Science
Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus
Doctorate
Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automation Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Career

Graduate Student

I build autonomous robotic systems for interaction. My focus is on perception, action, and sensorimotor architectures.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Science
Technology
Building Things