Michael Walker
PhD Student
Computer Science

Michael is a third-year computer science graduate student with interests in robotics, augmented/virtual reality and artificial intelligence. Advised by Dan Szafir, his research is focused on human-robot interaction (HRI) and human-computer interaction (HCI). Michael received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration accounting and a Bachelor of Science in computer science from University of Washington, Seattle and Oregon State University.

In his spare time, Michael enjoys spending time with family and friends, participating in any type of sport or game and exploring the beautiful Colorado outdoors with his fiancee and their golden retriever puppy.



  • M. E. Walker, D. Szafir and I. Rae, "The Influence of Size in Augmented Reality Telepresence Avatars," 2019 IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces (VR), Osaka, Japan, 2019, pp. 538-546. doi: 10.1109/VR.2019.8798152 (Osaka, Japan – March 23-27, 2019).

  • Michael Walker, Hooman Hedayati and Daniel Szafir. 2019. Robot Teleoperation with Augmented Reality Virtual Surrogates. In Proceedings of the 2019 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI '19). (Daegu, South Korea – March 11-14, 2019).

  • Iuzzolino, Michael L., Michael E. Walker, and Daniel Szafir. "Virtual-to-Real-World Transfer Learning for Robots on Wilderness Trails." In Proceedings of the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2018). IEEE, 2018. (Madrid, Spain – Oct. 1-5, 2018).

  • Steve McGuire, Michael Walker, Jamison McGinley, Nisar Ahmed, Daniel Szafir and Torin Clark. 2018. TRAADRE: TRust in Autonomous ADvisors for Robotic Exploration at the Robotics: Science and Systems, In Robotics: Science and Systems, Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – June 26 - 30, 2018).

  • Hooman Hedayti, Michael Walker, and Daniel Szafir. 2018.  Improving Collocated Teleoperation with Augmented Reality,  In Proceedings of the 2018 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI’18). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 78-86. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3171221.3171251 (Chicago, March 5-8). Runner-up for Best Paper in Design Category. 

  • Michael Walker, Hooman Hedayti, Jennifer Lee, Daniel Szafir. 2018. Communicating Robot Motion Intent with Augmented Reality, In Proceedings of the ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI’18). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 316-324. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3171221.3171253  (Chicago, March 5-8) Best Paper in Design Category.

  • Catherine Diaz, Michael Walker, Danielle Albers Szafir, and Daniel Szafir. 2017. Designing for Depth Perceptions in Augmented Reality. 2017 IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality (ISMAR) (2017). DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/ismar.2017.28   (Nantes, France – Oct. 9-13, 2017).

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