I'm originally from Setauket, NY, a small(ish) town about 50 miles from New York City. I attended Dartmouth College from 2005-2009, graduating with a combined A.B./ B.E. degree in mechanical engineering. In 2010 I started graduate school at Northwestern University, and joined Todd Murphey's research group, and was a member of the Neuroscience and Robotics (NxR) lab. In between, I did an internship in Hamburg, Germany, worked as a technical editor, and spent a few months (and all money earned working) traveling. While working on my PhD at Northwestern, I worked on the development of theory and design of algorithms for sensor-based planning and estimation for robotic systems.
At UC Berkeley, I'm affiliated with the AUTOlab and the Berkeley Artificial Intelligence Research Lab. I'm doing research with Ken Goldberg on some awesome projects in robotic surgery and precision agriculture. I have also been developing and managing the newly formed CITRIS People and Robots initiative, which brings together researchers from four of the UC campuses to solve big problems in precision agriculture, cloud robotics, deep learning, human-robot interaction, and many other interdisciplinary research areas.
In addition to my own research, I love bringing together robotics researchers for meetings and events. At Berkeley, I'm organizing two weekly seminar series, the CITRIS People and Robots seminar series, and the Berkeley AI Research group seminar series. I've also co-organized the Berkeley Workshop on Algorithms for Human Robot Interaction, the 2015 Bay Area Robotics Symposium, and the upcoming Workshop on the Algorithmic Foundations of Robotics. I am also an active member of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, having served as chair of several committees and on the Administrative committee, which has been a fantastic way opportunity to interact with roboticists around the world.
Shoot me an e-mail or check out my CV for more information!