Cannon Lewis, CS and Mathematics â€™18, won an award for outstanding research in Engineering presented at this yearâ€™s Rice Undergraduate Research Symposium (RURS). Lewis is mentored by Lydia Kavraki, the Noah Harding Professor of Computer Science and professor of bioengineering at Rice University.
RURS is an event where undergraduates across all disciplines present their research projects and compete for recognition from academic schools and research centers at Rice University.Â
Lewisâ€™ poster entitled â€śUncovering Hidden Assumptions of Prior Work in Robotic Reinforcement Learning,â€ť explores how robots can improve their learning.
â€śThis award is a validation of the work Iâ€™ve been doing,â€ť he said. â€śIt is difficult to genuinely do creative research as an undergraduate student and also get it published. Having this award says the time I spent doing research has been worthwhile,â€ť Lewis said.Â
After graduation, Lewis will work in military research. He starts his Ph.D. in Computer Science in the Fall.Â
Cintia Listenbee,Â CS Publicist