As an undergraduate, I majored in Cognitive Science at
Vassar College, where I first began to appreciate taking a
multidisciplinary approach to AI and robotics.
Before grad school I worked for 5 years at Bluefin
Robotics writing software for autonomous
underwater vehicles, starting out as an
undergraduate intern and departing as a senior software engineer.
In 2005, I started my PhD at the Robotics
Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, where I
studied behavior generation for legged robots and
mobile manipulators. My dissertation research focused on combining
numerical optimization and
machine learning to improve the capabilities of
robot motion planning software.
I've been at Swarthmore since 2010. Although I
still enjoy robotics research, I am also interested
in a number of related areas such as computer
graphics, laboratory automation for biology
researchers, as well as rapid prototyping and CNC machining.
Matt Zucker, Nathan Ratliff,
Anca D. Dragan, Mihail Pivtoraiko, Matthew
Klingensmith, Christopher M. Dellin, J. Andrew
Bagnell, and Siddhartha
S. Srinivasa. International Journal of Robotics
Research, May 2013.