I am a fourth year Ph.D. student (and now candidate!) at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where I work with Dr. Magnus Egerstedt and other students in the Georgia Robotics and InTelligent Systems lab on mulit-agent robotics.
My Ph.D. research is all about creating new control techniques for large-scale robotic systems (swarms!), such that humans can easily and effectively interact with these complex systems.
I grew up in a small town near Frankfurt am Main, Germany, but moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1997. In 2010, I graduated with two B.S. degrees in EE and CS from Georgia Tech with a focus on control theory, signal processing, artificial intelligence, and robotics!
I enjoy spending my free time writing software (see my GitHub page), prototyping hardware, and running as far as my legs will carry me.
Despite the collective push towards greater autonomy in robots, most applications still require human intervention to guide autonomous robots in their tasks. Existing human-robot interfaces allow a human to intuitively interact with one or a few robots; however, as the number of robots involved in a task grows large, these interfaces become less effective or even unusable due to a lack of scalability for interacting with many robots at once.
Therefore, my Ph.D. research is focused on understanding large-scale human-robot (i.e., human-swarm) interactions and developing new techniques for collectively controlling large networks of robots with just a small number of simple inputs, rather than insisting that humans guide these robots invididually or in small groups.
I have contributed to a number of research projects, which funded most of the work written about in my publications: