2014 ~ Present


To design and instantiate autonomous mobile robots capable of performing non-trivial tasks in support of people, in life and in work.

Emphasis is on task-driven autonomy and underlying algorithms needed to realize it.

Issues Involved or Addressed

Autonomous navigation, control, and manipulation for robots; Coordinated control of interacting robots; Computer vision for reconstruction of worksite geometry; Computer vision for obstacle detection, object classification, and planning; Machine learning for process control; Data analytics to process activities.

Methods and Technologies

  • Mobile Robotics
  • Manipulators
  • Path Planning and Trajectory Synthesis
  • Visual and Image Processing
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Machine Learning
  • Robot Autonomy
  • Design and Fabrication of Robots

Academic Majors of Interest

  • ComputingComputational Media
  • ComputingComputer Science
  • ComputingHuman-Computer Interaction
  • EngineeringAerospace Engineering
  • EngineeringCivil Engineering
  • EngineeringComputer Engineering
  • EngineeringElectrical Engineering
  • Online MastersComputer Science synchronous
  • Other

Preferred Interests and Preparation

EE, CmpE, CS - Embedded computing/systems, control theory, computer vision, automation, artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics.

CmpE, CS - Databases, wireless communication, data visualization, human-robot interaction.

CE - Robotics, automation, construction engineering, advanced sensing.

Meeting Schedule & Location

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Team Advisors

Dr. Patricio Vela
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering