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W. Cannon Lewis II

First year Rice CS PhD student

Research Interests

Generally speaking, I am interested in robotic autonomy. At the end of the day, I am fascinated by complex problems that are dangerous or tedious for humans to solve alone. My research incorporates aspects of control theory, statistics, optimization, formal mathematics, and good old computer science. Right now, my research is specifically in the application of reinforcement learning to robotic control and motion planning. Get in touch if you'd like to know more!


You can reach me by email at wcannon<at> or in my office at 3064 Duncan Hall.


  • 11/2/18 - I'm excited to finally be able to share that I'm hosting the Rice Computer Science Department podcast, Unconventional Computing. Our first episode is about election security! You can find it on ITunes and Google Play.
  • 09/18/18 - I submitted a paper to ICRA 2019! Now we wait for reviews in February. I also updated the website to include my office (now that I'm officially a PhD student at Rice) and information about my extracurricular activities in Fall 2018. I'm involved in one more thing this semester that will be revealed soon, but for now it's a Mystery.
  • 06/15/18 - Finally updated the website! Now using Jekyll and Bootstrap, and featuring up-to-date™ personal information.


  1. <Unnamed Paper on Robotic Reinforcement Learning> -- In submission to ICRA 2019
In Progress
My (award-winning) play reviews are partially archived at the Rice Thresher


Undergraduate TAing
COMP 450 Algorithmic Robotics
COMP 311 Functional Programming
COMP 182 Algorithmic Thinking
MATH 355 Linear Algebra
MATH 221/222 Honors Multivariable Calculus III/IV


Fall 2018
Spring 2018
Fall 2017


2018 Ken Kennedy Institute Computational Science and Engineering Fellowship
2018 Army Research Lab Summer Journeyman Fellowship
2018 Rice Engineering Alumni Distinguished Research Excellence Award
2018 Rice Engineering Alumni Senior Merit Award in Computer Science
2018 Rice Undergraduate Research Symposium Excellence in Research Award
2017 Rice Undergraduate Scholars Program
2016, 2017 Excellence in Collegiate Journalism - Critical Review
2015 CPRIT Undergraduate Research Fellowship
2014-2018 Rice University President's Honor Roll