• Optical Sensors and Active Illumination

    Optical Sensors and Active Illumination

  • Model Visualization

    Model Visualization

  • Subterranean and Space Robots

    Subterranean and Space Robots

  • Automated 3D Mapping

    Automated 3D Mapping

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Recent Updates
[Apr.2015] I will be starting a new job as a Senior Scientist at SGT Inc. and the NASA Ames Intelligent Robotics Group in Mountain View.
[Dec.2014] We have released the CMU Planetary Pits and Caves 3D Dataset based on two years of my work.

I am a robotics researcher and consultant. My technical focus is in perception, at the intersection of physics-based vision and mobile robotics. I believe novel camera systems, coupled with calibrated illumination and understanding of light transport, enable robust perception under the most challenging conditions. I am currently applying these ideas to planetary and subterranean robotics.

Previously, I was a Senior Project Scientist in the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon. In this capacity, I managed all aspects of contract research including proposal writing, technical vision, scope and schedule, team building, sponsor interaction and field experimentation. I have a decade of robot demonstration experience. You can view my sponsored project history here. Academically, I taught, volunteered as a STEM mentor, and chaired the Field Robotics Seminar series.

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.


* PhD — Carnegie Mellon, Robotics (2012)

* MS — Carnegie Mellon, Robotics (2009)

* MS — Carnegie Mellon, Electrical & Computer Engineering (2006)

* BS with University Honors — Carnegie Mellon, Electrical & Computer Engineering (2006)