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I am an Associate Professor in
the Computer Science
and Engineering Department
University, where I head up
Laboratory. My primary research interests are
real-world applications of field and service robots. I
teach courses in mobile robotics and real-time image
processing, and also serve as the instructor for the
Computer Science senior design course. My research is
funded by the National
Science Foundation, the Pennsylvania Department of
Community and Economic Development, and a range of
- May 2016: I received an NSF grant to develop and commercialize 3D localization technology for warehouse environments.
- Apr 2016: I am serving on the Program Committee for IAS14.
- Feb 2016: Our Smart Wheelchair research is featured in this month's Autonomous Robots.
- Feb 2016: We are currently accepting applications to our NSF CISE Smart Spaces REU Site.
- Jan 2016: I am teaching CSE326/426 Pattern Recognition in the Spring.
I did my PhD in
the GRASP Laboratory
at the University of Pennsylvania. My advisor
Taylor, and my research focused on localization and target
tracking applications for mobile robot teams. Before returning
to school for my PhD, I worked as a test engineer for
the U.S. Army, where I had
the opportunity to work with some wonderful people and great
hardware. Now, I spend my time teaching students and robots
to act intelligently. One is a significantly more daunting
proposition than the other. For fun, I like to work,
run, plant trees, and watch
the sunset from my rocking chair.