I am a Project Scientist in the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon. You can view my project management history here.
My research lies at the intersection of physics-based vision and field robotics. I believe novel optical design coupled with calibrated illumination is the key to robust perception under the most challenging conditions. Knowledge of light transport can bring these concepts out of the laboratory and into field application. I am currently applying these ideas to planetary and subterranean robotics.
I graduated in April 2012 with a PhD in Robotics from CMU. My dissertation explored fusion of optical sensors (cameras, LIDAR, structured light, etc) for planetary 3D perception. The key idea is use of targeted vision and illumination approaches (coined Lumenhancement) in appearance-constrained environments and generalization to similar spaces using the concept of “appearance domains”. While demonstrated for a variety of planetary and underground spaces, the thesis is broadly applicable to other appearance classes like indoor and urban robotics. My advisor was Prof. William “Red” Whittaker.
As a graduate student, I led a research team, ran a lab, taught classes for three years, mentored dozens of students and interns, served on the graduate admissions committee, and co-wrote proposals that generated over $430k of research funding for the university. I also led several robotic field demonstrations and participated in many more. My robots have never had a demonstration failure.
* Ph.D. — Carnegie Mellon, Robotics (2012)
* M.S. — Carnegie Mellon, Robotics (2009)
* M.S. — Carnegie Mellon, Electrical & Computer Engineering (2006)
* B.S. with University Honors — Carnegie Mellon, Electrical & Computer Engineering (2006)