etfs 2023 I’m thrilled to be joining the first cohort of xD’s Emerging Technologies Fellowship. (Now Recruiting for 2024!) We’re a scrappy group of purpose driven technologists working for better AI and data governance.


Mike Walton (he/him) is a researcher, technologist, and writer endlessly fascinated by the study of cognition and intelligent systems. His research aims to synthesize ideas from multi-agent reinforcement learning, game theory, and participatory design to address socially impactful cooperation and coordination problems.

Mike’s research has been supported by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and The Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) In-house Laboratory Independent Research Program. His work has been presented at various conferences and workshops, including NeurIPS (Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems), Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence, and Queer in AI. Mike is a passionate advocate for STEM educational equity and environmental conservation.