• 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
[Mar.2019] The Pits and Caves 3D Dataset has found a new permanent home on NASA servers.
[Feb.2019] I contributed to Mark Allan's paper on Rover Sim, which has won Best in Track at IEEE AeroConf.
[Mar.2018] Our project for networked projectile swarms has been selected for FY18 funding.
[May.2017] Proud to announce release of the NASA POLAR Dataset for stereo imaging in planetary environments.

I am a robotics researcher based in the SF bay area. My technical focus is in extreme perception, at the intersection of physics-based vision and mobile robotics. I believe novel camera systems and understanding of light transport enable robust perception in the most challenging conditions. I have spent more than 15 years giving robots the ability to see at the frontiers of exploration - from dark caves and planetary poles to icy bodies.

I am currently a Senior Computer Scientist in the civil service at NASA's Ames Research Center. My job duties include managing all aspects of internal and contract research, advocating for technology, building partnerships, and serving as a subject matter expert. I picked up an appointment after being employed through a government contractor for a number of years at Ames. Before that, I did an extended tour of duty at Carnegie Mellon University, culminating as a research scientist in the Robotics Institute. Academically, I taught, volunteered as a STEM mentor, and chaired the Field Robotics Seminar series.

I received my PhD in Robotics from CMU in 2012. 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". 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)