• 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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News Highlights
[May.2017] Proud to announce release of the NASA POLAR Dataset for stereo imaging in planetary environments.
[Dec.2016] Our project for icy moon (e.g. Europa) automated landing site selection will be funded for FY17.
[Oct.2016] Our pilot project to develop smart projectile sensors for exploration has gotten the greenlight.

I am a robotics researcher and consultant based in the bay area. During the day, I work as a Senior Scientist at NASA's Ames Research Center. 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. 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)