Nick Watkins is a first-year PhD student in the University of Pennsylvania's Electrical and Systems Engineering department. He worse under the advisement of Dr. George Pappas. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Electrical Engineering with minor concentrations in Mathematics and Physics from Wilkes University in 2013.
Nick is interested in multi-agents systems. He hopes to develop formal methods of formation and control for teams of heterogeneous agents faced with collective tasks. His long-term goal is to abstract the control methods designed for deterministic multi-agent systems for use in non-determinant contexts, such as policy design for human institutions.
In his free time, Nick enjoys watching Red Sox baseball, Notre Dame collegiate football, and Pittsburgh Steeers professional football. He plays several musical instruments, and very much enjoys musical collaborations with his peers. He enjoys playing games of strategy - particularly the card game "Pitch" (a.k.a. "Setback" or "Spit"). Game theory is one his many areas of dilettante-esque knowledge; he hopes to expand upon it during his time at Penn.