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Brian Coltin
PhD
Dissertation Date: May, 2014
Advisor: Manuela Veloso
Thesis: Multi-agent Pickup and Delivery Planning with Transfers
Current employment: NASA Ames Intelligent Robotics Group
Lingzhi Luo
PhD
Dissertation Date: June, 2014
Advisor: Katia Sycara
Thesis: Distributed Algorithm Design for Constrained Multi-robot Task Assignment
Jiyan Pan
PhD
Dissertation Date: May, 2014
Advisor: Takeo Kanade
Thesis: Coherent Scene Understanding with 3D Geometric Reasoning
Current employment: Google, Inc.
Software Engineer
David Rollinson
PhD
Dissertation Date: June, 2014
Advisor: Howie Choset
Thesis: Control and Design of Snake Robots
Current employment: Carnegie Mellon University
Biorobotics Lab
Project Scientist
Laura Trutoiu
PhD
Dissertation Date: August, 2014
Advisor: Jessica K. Hodgins
Thesis: Perceptually Valid Dynamics for Smiles and Blinks
Current employment: Oculus VR
Junior Scientist
Feng Zhou
PhD
Dissertation Date: September, 2014
Advisor: Fernando De la Torre Frade
Thesis: Spatial, Temporal and Spatio-temporal Correspondence for Computer Vision Problems
Stuart Anderson
PhD
Dissertation Date: May, 2013
Advisor: Jessica K. Hodgins
Thesis: The Design of Control Architectures for Force-controlled Humanoids Performing Dynamic Tasks
Current employment: Twitter, Inc.
Software Engineer
Michael Dille
PhD
Dissertation Date: November, 2013
Advisor: Sanjiv Singh
Thesis: Search and Pursuit with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Road Networks
Current employment: NASA Ames Research Center
Mehmet Dogar
PhD
Dissertation Date: July, 2013
Advisor: Siddhartha Srinivasa
Thesis: Physics-Based Manipulation Planning in Cluttered Human Environments
Current employment: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, CSAIL
Postdoctoral Fellow
Edward Hsiao
PhD
Dissertation Date: June, 2013
Advisor: Martial Hebert
Thesis: Addressing Ambiguity in Object Instance Detection
Current employment: Amazon A9.com, Inc.
Software Development Engineer
SeungIl Huh
PhD
Dissertation Date: March, 2013
Advisor: Takeo Kanade
Thesis: Toward an Automated System for the Analysis of Cell Behavior: Cellular Event Detection and Cell Tracking in Time-lapse Live Cell Microscopy
Current employment: Lane Center for Computational Biology
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Somchaya Liemhetcharat
PhD
Dissertation Date: August, 2013
Advisor: Manuela Veloso
Thesis: Representation, Planning, and Learning of Dynamic Ad Hoc Robot Teams
Current employment: Institute for Infocomm Research
Republic of Singapore
Scientist
Maxim Makatchev
PhD
Dissertation Date: January, 2013
Advisor: Reid Simmons
Thesis: Cross-cultural believability of robot characters
Daniel Munoz
PhD
Dissertation Date: June, 2013
Advisors: Martial Hebert, J. Andrew (Drew) Bagnell
Thesis: Inference Machines: Parsing Scenes via Iterated Predictions
Current employment: Google X
Software Engineer
Alberto Rodriguez
PhD
Dissertation Date: July, 2013
Advisor: Matthew T. Mason
Thesis: Shape for Contact
Current employment: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Postdoctoral Fellow
Stephane Ross
PhD
Dissertation Date: June, 2013
Advisor: J. Andrew (Drew) Bagnell
Thesis: Interactive Learning for Sequential Decisions and Predictions
Current employment: Google, Inc.
Software Engineer
Siddharth Sanan
PhD
Dissertation Date: July, 2013
Advisor: Chris Atkeson
Thesis: Soft Inflatable Robots for Safe Physical Human Interaction
Current employment: Carnegie Mellon University
Postdoctoral Fellow
Scott Satkin
PhD
Dissertation Date: July, 2013
Advisor: Martial Hebert
Thesis: Data-Driven Geometric Scene Understanding
Current employment: Google, Inc.
Software Engineer
Krzysztof Skonieczny
PhD
Dissertation Date: April, 2013
Advisors: David Wettergreen, William (Red) L. Whittaker
Thesis: Lightweight Robotic Excavation
Matthew Tesch
PhD
Dissertation Date: November, 2013
Advisors: Howie Choset, Jeff Schneider
Thesis: Improving Robot Locomotion Through Learning Methods for Expensive Black-Box Systems
Current employment: Carnegie Mellon University
Postdoctoral Fellow
Yuandong Tian
PhD
Dissertation Date: September, 2013
Advisor: Srinivasa G. Narasimhan
Thesis: Theory and Practice of Globally Optimal Deformation Estimation
Current employment: Google Inc.
Software Engineer
Eric Whitman
PhD
Dissertation Date: September, 2013
Advisor: Chris Atkeson
Thesis: Coordination of Multiple Dynamic Programming Policies for Control of Bipedal Walking
Brian Becker
PhD
Dissertation Date: August, 2012
Advisor: Cameron Riviere
Thesis: Vision-Based Control of a Handheld Micromanipulator for Robot-Assisted Retinal Surgery
Current employment: Carnegie Mellon University
Senior Robotics Engineer
Alvaro Collet Romea
PhD
Dissertation Date: August, 2012
Advisors: Martial Hebert, Siddhartha Srinivasa
Thesis: Lifelong Robotic Object Perception
Current employment: Microsoft
Santosh Kumar Divvala
PhD
Dissertation Date: August, 2012
Advisors: Martial Hebert, Alexei A. Efros
Thesis: Context and Subcategories for Sliding Window Object Recognition
Current employment: University of Washington, Seattle
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Myung Hwangbo
PhD
Dissertation Date: March, 2012
Advisor: Takeo Kanade
Thesis: Vision-Based Navigation for a Small Fixed-Wing Airplane in Urban Environment
Eakta Jain
PhD
Dissertation Date: April, 2012
Advisors: Jessica K. Hodgins, Yaser Ajmal Sheikh
Thesis: Attention-guided Algorithms to Retarget and Augment Animations, Stills, and Videos
Current employment: Texas Instruments DSP R&D Center
Dallas, TX
Systems Software Engineer
Hongwen Kang
PhD
Dissertation Date: December, 2012
Advisors: Takeo Kanade, Martial Hebert
Thesis: Object Instance Discovery from Scenes of Daily Living
Current employment: X, Inc.
Software Engineer
Pyry K. Matikainen
PhD
Dissertation Date: November, 2012
Advisors: Martial Hebert, Rahul Sukthankar
Thesis: Model Recommendation for Action Recognition and Other Applications
Umashankar Nagarajan
PhD
Dissertation Date: July, 2012
Advisor: Ralph Hollis
Thesis: Fast and Graceful Balancing Mobile Robots
Current employment: Disney Research
Postdoctoral Associate
Mikhail Pivtoraiko
PhD
Dissertation Date: February, 2012
Advisor: Alonzo Kelly
Thesis: Differentially Constrained Motion Planning with State Lattice Motion Primitives
Current employment: University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
Postdoctoral Fellow
Young-Woo Seo
PhD
Dissertation Date: April, 2012
Advisors: Christopher Urmson, David Wettergreen
Thesis: Augmenting Cartographic Resources and Assessing Roadway State for Vehicle Navigation
Current employment: Carnegie Mellon University
Robotics Institute
Pittsburgh, PA
Visitor
Prasanna Velagapudi
PhD
Dissertation Date: August, 2012
Advisors: Katia Sycara, Paul Scerri
Thesis: Distributed Planning Under Uncertainty for Large Teams
Current employment: Carnegie Mellon University
Project Scientist
Uland Wong
PhD
Dissertation Date: April, 2012
Advisor: William (Red) L. Whittaker
Current employment: Carnegie Mellon University
Project Scientist
Gregory Barlow
PhD
Dissertation Date: August, 2011
Advisor: Stephen Smith
Thesis: Improving memory for optimization and learning in dynamic environments
Current employment: Carnegie Mellon University
Robotics Institute
Project Scientist
Peter Barnum
PhD
Dissertation Date: May, 2011
Advisors: Takeo Kanade, Srinivasa G. Narasimhan
Thesis: Light and Water Drops
Dmitry Berenson
PhD
Dissertation Date: May, 2011
Advisors: Siddhartha Srinivasa, James Kuffner
Thesis: Constrained Manipulation Planning
Current employment: Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Worcester, MA
Computer Science Department
Robotics Engineering Program
Assistant Professor
Anton Chechetka
PhD
Dissertation Date: June, 2011
Advisor: Carlos Ernesto Guestrin
Thesis: Query-Specific Learning and Inference for Probabilistic Graphical Models
Samuel Clanton
PhD
Dissertation Date: July, 2011
Advisors: Nancy Pollard, Andrew B. Schwartz
Thesis: Brain-Computer Interface Control of an Anthropomorphic Robotic Arm
Current employment: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Pittsburgh PA
Medical Student
Anoopum S. Gupta
PhD
Dissertation Date: September, 2011
Advisor: David S. Touretzky
Thesis: Behavioral Correlates of Hippocampal Neural Sequences
Current employment: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Pittsburgh PA
Medical Student
Jonathan Huang
PhD
Dissertation Date: July, 2011
Advisor: Carlos Ernesto Guestrin
Thesis: Probabilistic Reasoning and Learning on Permutations: Exploiting Structural Decompositions of the Symmetric Group
Current employment: Stanford University, Palo Alto CA
Postdoctoral Fellow
Ross Alan Knepper
PhD
Dissertation Date: June, 2011
Advisor: Matthew T. Mason
Thesis: On the Fundamental Relationships Among Path Planning Alternatives
Current employment: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston MA
Postdoctoral Fellow
G. Ayorkor Korsah
PhD
Dissertation Date: June, 2011
Advisors: Anthony (Tony) Stentz, M Bernardine Dias
Thesis: Exploring bounded optimal coordination for heterogeneous teams with cross-schedule dependencies
Current employment: Ashesi University, Ghana
Jean-Francois Lalonde
PhD
Dissertation Date: January, 2011
Advisors: Alexei A. Efros, Srinivasa G. Narasimhan
Thesis: Understanding and Recreating Visual Appearance Under Natural Illumination
Current employment: Tandent Vision Science, Pittsburgh PA
Tomasz Malisiewicz
PhD
Dissertation Date: August, 2011
Advisor: Alexei A. Efros
Thesis: Exemplar-based Representations for Object Detection, Association and Beyond
Current employment: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston MA
Postdoctoral Fellow
Matthew McNaughton
PhD
Dissertation Date: July, 2011
Advisor: Christopher Urmson
Thesis: Parallel Algorithms for Real-time Motion Planning
Current employment: Google Inc., Mountain View, CA
Software Engineer
Nicholas Melchior
PhD
Dissertation Date: July, 2011
Advisor: Reid Simmons
Thesis: Graph-based Trajectory Planning through Programming by Demonstration
Current employment: Seegrid Corporation
Minh Hoai Nguyen
PhD
Dissertation Date: December, 2011
Advisor: Fernando De la Torre Frade
Thesis: Segment-based SVMs for Time Series Analysis
Current employment: University of Oxford
United Kingdom
Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Mark Palatucci
PhD
Dissertation Date: April, 2011
Advisor: Tom Mitchell
Thesis: Thought Recognition: Predicting and Decoding Brain Activity Using the Zero-Shot Learning Model
Current employment: Anki Inc.
Co-Founder/Chief Scientist
Benjamin Stephens
PhD
Dissertation Date: May, 2011
Advisor: Chris Atkeson
Thesis: Push Recovery Control for Force-Controlled Humanoid Robots
Current employment: Boston Dynamics, Boston, MA
Advanced Robotics Engineer
Ling Xu
PhD
Dissertation Date: August, 2011
Advisors: Anthony (Tony) Stentz, Omead Amidi
Thesis: Graph Planning for Environmental Coverage
Current employment: Microsoft, Redmond WA
Christopher R. Baker
PhD
Dissertation Date: September, 2010
Advisor: John M. Dolan
Thesis: Toward Adaptation and Reuse of Advanced Robotic Algorithms
Current employment: Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA
NREC Commercialization Specialist
Lillian Y. Chang
PhD
Dissertation Date: August, 2010
Advisor: Nancy Pollard
Thesis: Pre-grasp interaction as a manipulation strategy for movable objects
Current employment: Intel Labs, Seattle, WA
Ankur Datta
PhD
Dissertation Date: April, 2010
Advisors: Takeo Kanade, Yaser Ajmal Sheikh
Thesis: Closed-Form Analysis of Human Motion in Monocular Videos
Current employment: Intel Corporation, New York, NY
Amir Degani
PhD
Dissertation Date: November, 2010
Advisors: Howie Choset, Matthew T. Mason
Thesis: Minimalistic Dynamic Climbing
Rosen Diankov
PhD
Dissertation Date: August, 2010
Advisors: Takeo Kanade, James Kuffner
Thesis: Automated Construction of Robotic Manipulation Programs
Current employment: University of Tokyo, Japan
Joseph Djugash
PhD
Dissertation Date: November, 2010
Advisor: Sanjiv Singh
Thesis: Geolocation with Range: Robustness, Efficiency and Scalability
Current employment: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Erlanger, KY
Assistant Project Manager
Stanislav Funiak
PhD
Dissertation Date: September, 2010
Advisor: Carlos Ernesto Guestrin
Current employment: Facebook, Mountain View, CA
Mohit Gupta
PhD
Dissertation Date: October, 2010
Advisor: Srinivasa G. Narasimhan
Thesis: Scene Recovery and Rendering Techniques Under Global Light Transport
Current employment: Columbia University
Post-doctoral Research Scientist
mohitg@cs.columbia.edu
Frederik Heger
PhD
Dissertation Date: August, 2010
Advisor: Sanjiv Singh
Thesis: Assembly Planning in Constrained Environments: Building Structures with Multiple Mobile Robots
Current employment: Vecna Technologies, Inc., Cambridge, MA
Geoffrey Hollinger
PhD
Dissertation Date: June, 2010
Advisor: Sanjiv Singh
Thesis: Search in the Physical World
Current employment: University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Rachel Kirby
PhD
Dissertation Date: May, 2010
Advisors: Reid Simmons, Jodi Forlizzi
Thesis: Social Robot Navigation
Current employment: Google, Inc. Pittsburgh, PA
Tom Lauwers
PhD
Dissertation Date: April, 2010
Advisor: Illah Nourbakhsh
Thesis: Aligning Capabilities of Interactive Educational Tools to Learner Goals
Current employment: BirdBrain Technologies, Pittsburgh, PA
Sebastian Scherer
PhD
Dissertation Date: December, 2010
Advisor: Sanjiv Singh
Thesis: Low-Altitude Operation of Unmanned Rotorcraft
Current employment: Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
Systems Scientist
David Silver
PhD
Dissertation Date: September, 2010
Advisor: Anthony (Tony) Stentz
Thesis: Learning Preference Models for Autonomous Mobile Robots in Complex Domains
Boris Sofman
PhD
Dissertation Date: October, 2010
Advisors: J. Andrew (Drew) Bagnell, Anthony (Tony) Stentz
Thesis: Online Learning Techniques for Improving Robot Navigation in Unfamiliar Domains
Current employment: Anki, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA
Thomas Stepleton
PhD
Dissertation Date: April, 2010
Advisor: Tai-Sing Lee
Thesis: Toward Versatile Structural Modification for Bayesian Nonparametric Time Series Models
Current employment: Google, Inc., Pittsburgh PA
Chenyu Wu
PhD
Dissertation Date: January, 2010
Advisors: Branislav Jaramaz, Srinivasa G. Narasimhan
Thesis: 3D Reconstruction of Anatomical Structures from Endoscopic Images
Current employment: Epson Research Development, San Jose, CA
Research Scientist
Matthew Zucker
PhD
Dissertation Date: May, 2010
Advisor: James Kuffner
Thesis: Learning and Optimization Methods for High Level Planning
Current employment: Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA
Assistant Professor of Engineering
Brenna Argall
PhD
Dissertation Date: May, 2009
Advisors: Brett Browning, Manuela Veloso
Thesis: Learning Mobile Robot Motion Control from Demonstration and Corrective Feedback
Current employment: Assistant Professor, Northwestern University
Research Scientist, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
Richard Blomquist
PhD
Dissertation Date: May, 2009
Thesis: Heliogyro Control
Current employment: Self-employed
David Bradley
PhD
Dissertation Date: September, 2009
Advisor: J. Andrew (Drew) Bagnell
Current employment: Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
NREC Commercialization Specialist
Justin David Carlson
PhD
Dissertation Date: December, 2009
Advisor: Chuck Thorpe
Thesis: Mapping Large, Urban Environments with GPS-Aided SLAM
Current employment: Google, Inc., Pittsburgh PA
Software Engineer
David Duke
PhD
Dissertation Date: October, 2009
Advisor: Chuck Thorpe
Current employment: Roche Diagnostics Pharmaceuticals, Fishers, IN
Post Doctoral Research Scientist
Nathaniel Fairfield
PhD
Dissertation Date: January, 2009
Advisor: David Wettergreen
Thesis: Localization, Mapping, and Planning in 3D Environments
Current employment: Google, Inc.
Mountain View, CA
http://www.timbrel.org
Anthony T. Gallagher
PhD
Dissertation Date: May, 2009
Advisor: Stephen Smith
Thesis: Embracing Conflicts: Exploiting Inconsistencies in Distributed Schedules using Simple Temporal Network Representations
Current employment: Wellspring Worldwide, Pittsburgh, PA
Principal Engineer
anthonyghr_ri@yahoo.com
Thomas Howard
PhD
Dissertation Date: August, 2009
Advisors: Alonzo Kelly, William (Red) L. Whittaker
Thesis: ADAPTIVE MODEL-PREDICTIVE MOTION PLANNING FOR NAVIGATION IN COMPLEX ENVIRONMENTS
Current employment: Member of the Technical Staff
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pasadena, CA
Edward Jones
PhD
Dissertation Date: August, 2009
Advisors: Anthony (Tony) Stentz, M Bernardine Dias
Current employment: Willow Garage, Menlo Park, CA
Research Engineer
Sanjeev Jagannatha Koppal
PhD
Dissertation Date: August, 2009
Advisor: Srinivasa G. Narasimhan
Thesis: Modeling Illumination for Scene Recovery hrough the Motion, Occlusion and Strobing of Light-Sources
Current employment: Postdoctoral Fellow
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA
Marius Leordeanu
PhD
Dissertation Date: July, 2009
Advisor: Martial Hebert
Thesis: Spectral Graph Matching, Learning, and Inference for Computer Vision
Marek Piotr Michalowski
PhD
Dissertation Date: December, 2009
Advisor: Reid Simmons
Current employment: BeatBots LLC
Roboticist
Zachary Omohundro
PhD
Dissertation Date: May, 2009
Current employment: MillenWorks (Automotive Industry), Tustin, CA
Electro-Mechanical Engineer
zacharyomohundro@gmail.com
Nathan Ratliff
PhD
Dissertation Date: May, 2009
Advisor: J. Andrew (Drew) Bagnell
Thesis: Learning to Search: Structured Prediction Techniques for Imitation Learning
Current employment: Research Associate Professor
The Toyota Technological Institute
Chicago, IL
Brennan Peter Sellner
PhD
Dissertation Date: May, 2009
Advisor: Reid Simmons
Current employment: Seegrid Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA
brennan@sellner.org
Sajid Siddiqi
PhD
Dissertation Date: October, 2009
Advisor: Geoffrey Gordon
Thesis: Learning Latent Variable and Predictive Models of Dynamical Systems
Current employment: Current employment: Google, Inc.
Pittsburgh, PA
Software Engineer
Stephen B. Stancliff
PhD
Dissertation Date: September, 2009
Advisor: John M. Dolan
Thesis: Planning to Fail: Incorporating Reliability into Design and Mission Planning for Mobile Robots
Gabriel Brisson
PhD
Dissertation Date: May, 2008
Advisor: Takeo Kanade
Current employment: Evolution Robotics, Pasadena CA
Research Scientist
gbrisson@alumni.cmu.edu
Frank Broz
PhD
Dissertation Date: December, 2008
Advisors: Illah Nourbakhsh, Reid Simmons
Thesis: Planning for Human-Robot Interaction:Representing Time And Human Intention
Current employment: University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Postdoc Research Associateship
frnkbroz@gmail.com
Juan Pablo Gonzalez
PhD
Dissertation Date: May, 2008
Advisor: Anthony (Tony) Stentz
Thesis: Planning with Uncertainty in Position Using High-Resolution Maps
Current employment: Senior Robotics Engineer
General Dynamics Robotic Systems, Pittsburgh PA
jpgonzal@yahoo.com
Galen Clark Haynes
PhD
Dissertation Date: May, 2008
Advisor: Alfred Rizzi
Thesis: Gait Regulation Control Techniques for Robust Legged Locomotion
Current employment: Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
NREC Commercialization Specialist
Philipp Michel
PhD
Dissertation Date: August, 2008
Advisors: Takeo Kanade, James Kuffner
Thesis: Integrating Perception and Planning for Humanoid Autonomy
Current employment: Associate, Securities Division
Goldman Sachs, Japan
Caroline Pantofaru
PhD
Dissertation Date: May, 2008
Advisor: Martial Hebert
Thesis: Studies in Using Image Segmentation to Improve Object Recognition
Current employment: Willow Garage, Menlo Park CA
Nicholas Patronik
PhD
Dissertation Date: May, 2008
Advisor: Cameron Riviere
Thesis: A Miniature Mobile Robot for Precise and Stable Access to the Beating Heart
Current employment: Senior Research Scientist, Atrial Fibrillation Division, St. Jude Medical
Andrew Stein
PhD
Dissertation Date: May, 2008
Advisor: Martial Hebert
Thesis: Occlusion Boundaries: Low-Level Detection to High-Level Reasoning
Current employment: Tandent Vision Science, Pittsburgh PA
Martin Stolle
PhD
Dissertation Date: May, 2008
Advisor: Chris Atkeson
Thesis: Finding and Transferring Policies Using Stored Behaviors
Current employment: Google, Inc., Zurich SWITZERLAND
David R. Thompson
PhD
Dissertation Date: August, 2008
Advisor: David Wettergreen
Thesis: Intelligent Mapping for Autonomous Robotic Survey
Current employment: Research Staff
Cal Tech Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena CA
Bertram Unger
PhD
Dissertation Date: August, 2008
Advisor: Ralph Hollis
Thesis: Psychophysics of Virtual Texture Perception
Ranjith Unnikrishnan
PhD
Dissertation Date: May, 2008
Advisor: Martial Hebert
Thesis: Statistical Approaches to Multi-Scale Point Cloud Processing
Current employment: Google, Inc., Mountain View CA
Fernando Alfaro
PhD
Dissertation Date: August, 2007
Advisor: Gary K. Fedder
Thesis: A Multi Axial BioImplantable MEMS Array Bone Stress Sensor
Current employment: Design Engineer
Silicon Microstructures, Inc., Milpitas, CA
Joel Chestnutt
PhD
Dissertation Date: December, 2007
Advisor: James Kuffner
Current employment: Post-Doctoral Research Scientist
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)
Tokyo JAPAN
jchestnutt@gmail.com
David C. Conner
PhD
Dissertation Date: December, 2007
Advisors: Alfred Rizzi, Howie Choset
Thesis: Integrating Planning and Control for Constrained Dynamical Systems
Current employment: Research Scientist
TORC Technologies, Blacksburg VA
dcconner at ri.cmu.edu
Goksel Dedeoglu
PhD
Dissertation Date: May, 2007
Advisor: Takeo Kanade
Thesis: Exploiting Space-Time Statistics of Videos for Face "Hallucination"
Current employment: PercepTonic, LLC
Founder and Lab Director
John Galeotti
PhD
Dissertation Date: August, 2007
Advisor: George D. Stetten
Current employment: Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA
Systems Scientist
Derek Hoiem
PhD
Dissertation Date: August, 2007
Advisors: Alexei A. Efros, Martial Hebert
Thesis: Seeing the World Behind the Image: Spatial Layout for 3D Scene Understanding
Current employment: Beckman Fellow
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Champaign IL
dhoiem at uiuc dot edu
Aaron Christopher Morris
PhD
Dissertation Date: December, 2007
Advisor: William (Red) L. Whittaker
Thesis: Robotic Introspection for Exploration and Mapping of Subterranean Environments
Current employment: Visitor
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA
acmorris@andrew.cmu.edu
Jiang Ni
PhD
Dissertation Date: December, 2007
Advisor: Henry Schneiderman
Thesis: Face View Synthesis Using A Single Image
Current employment: Software Engineer
Google, Inc., Kirkland, WA
jiangni@gmail.com
Maayan Roth
PhD
Dissertation Date: December, 2007
Advisors: Reid Simmons, Manuela Veloso
Thesis: Execution-time Communication Decisions for Coordination of Multi-agent Teams
Current employment: Software Engineer
Google, Israel
maayan.roth@gmail.com
Damion Michael Shelton
PhD
Dissertation Date: May, 2007
Advisor: George D. Stetten
Thesis: Virtual Tomographic Reflection for Psychophysical Analysis of the Sonic Flashlight
Current employment: # Tomo Technology, Gibsonia, PA (Sonic Flashlight)
Nuco Tech Group, Gibsonia, PA (Engineering Consulting Company)
beowulf@cs.cmu.edu

Sarjoun Skaff
PhD
Dissertation Date: May, 2007
Advisors: Alfred Rizzi, Howie Choset
Thesis: Context-Based State Estimation for Hybrid Systems with Intermittent Dynamics
Current employment: Bossa Nova Concepts, LLC., Pittsburgh, PA
sarjoun@gmail.com
Trey Smith
PhD
Dissertation Date: August, 2007
Advisor: Reid Simmons
Thesis: Probabilistic Planning for Robotic Exploration
Current employment: NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA
trey@ri.cmu.edu
Michael Stilman
PhD
Dissertation Date: December, 2007
Advisors: James Kuffner, Chris Atkeson
Thesis: Navigation Among Movable Obstacles
Current employment: Assistant Professor
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta GA
Gita Sukthankar
PhD
Dissertation Date: August, 2007
Advisor: Katia Sycara
Thesis: Activity Recognition for Agent Teams
Current employment: Assistant Professor
University of Central Florida, Orlando FL
Ravi Balasubramanian
PhD
Dissertation Date: August, 2006
Advisors: Matthew T. Mason, Alfred Rizzi
Thesis: Modeling and Control Techniques for a Class of Mobile Robot Error Recovery Problems
Current employment: Assistant Professor
Oregon State University
ghatamravi@gmail.com
Bambi Roberts Brewer
PhD
Dissertation Date: May, 2006
Advisor: Yoky Matsuoka
Thesis: Visual Feedback Manipulation for Hand Rehabilitation in a Robotic Environment
Current employment: Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Jinxiang Chai
PhD
Dissertation Date: December, 2006
Advisor: Jessica K. Hodgins
Thesis: Exploiting Spatial-temporal Constraints for Interactive Animation Control
Current employment: Assistant Professor
Texas A & M University, College Station, TX
jxchai@gmail.com
Aaron Courville
PhD
Dissertation Date: May, 2006
Advisor: David S. Touretzky
Thesis: A Latent Cause Model of Classical Conditioning
Current employment: Universite de Montreal, Canada
Cristian Dima
PhD
Dissertation Date: May, 2006
Advisors: Martial Hebert, Anthony (Tony) Stentz
Thesis: Active Learning for Outdoor Perception
David Ferguson
PhD
Dissertation Date: December, 2006
Advisors: Sebastian Thrun, Anthony (Tony) Stentz
Thesis: Single Agent and Multi-agent Path Planning in Unknown and Dynamic Environments
Current employment: Research Scientist
Intel Research Pittsburgh
Nidhi Kalra
PhD
Dissertation Date: December, 2006
Advisor: Anthony (Tony) Stentz
Thesis: Hoplites: A Market-Based Framework for Planned Tight Coordination in Multirobot Teams
Current employment: Associate Research
The RAND Corporation, Pittsburgh PA
nkalra@rand.org
David Tolliver
PhD
Dissertation Date: August, 2006
Advisors: Robert Collins, Gary L. Miller
Thesis: Spectral Rounding & Image Segmentation
Alik Sunil Widge
PhD
Dissertation Date: December, 2006
Advisors: Kaigham Gabriel, Yoky Matsuoka
Current employment: MD student
University of Pittsburgh
alik.widge@gmail.com
Jiayong Zhang
PhD
Dissertation Date: May, 2006
Advisors: Robert Collins, Yanxi Liu
Thesis: Statistical Modeling and Localization of Nonrigid and Articulated Shapes
Current employment: Software Engineer
Google, Inc., Santa Monica, CA
Robert Michael Zlot
PhD
Dissertation Date: December, 2006
Advisor: Anthony (Tony) Stentz
Thesis: An Auction-Based Approach to Complex Task Allocation for Multirobot Teams
Current employment: Research Scientist
Autonomous Systems Laboratory
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), Brisbane, Australia
firstname.Lastname@csiro.au
Thomas Ault
PhD
Dissertation Date: December, 2005
Advisor: Mel Siegel
Thesis: In Vivo Measurement and Visualization of Pelvic Position and Orientation and Changes in Soft Tissue Shape and Thickness with Respect to Changes in Seating Surface Shape
Matthew Deans
PhD
Dissertation Date: August, 2005
Advisor: Martial Hebert
Thesis: Bearings-Only Localization and Mapping
Current employment: NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field CA
Rosemary Emery-Montemerlo
PhD
Dissertation Date: August, 2005
Advisors: Jeff Schneider, Sebastian Thrun
Thesis: Game-Theoretic Control for Robot Teams
Current employment: Software Engineer
Google, Inc., Mountain View, CA
Jeremy Martin Kubica
PhD
Dissertation Date: December, 2005
Advisor: Andrew Moore
Thesis: Efficient Discovery of Spatial Associations and Structure with Application to Asteroid Tracking
Current employment: Google, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA
Sanjiv Kumar
PhD
Dissertation Date: August, 2005
Advisor: Martial Hebert
Thesis: Models for Learning Spatial Interactions in Natural Images for Context-Based Classification
Current employment: Google Inc., New York, NY
Wen-Chieh Lin
PhD
Dissertation Date: December, 2005
Advisor: Yanxi Liu
Thesis: A Lattice-based MRF model for Dynamic Near-regular Texture Tracking and Manipulation
Current employment: Assistant Professor
National Chiao-Tung University, Taiwan
wenchieh@gmail.com
Pragyana Mishra
PhD
Dissertation Date: May, 2005
Advisors: Omead Amidi, Takeo Kanade
Thesis: Image and Depth Coherent Surface Description
Current employment: Microsoft Corporation, Redmond WA
Bart Nabbe
PhD
Dissertation Date: August, 2005
Advisor: Martial Hebert
Thesis: Extending the Path-planning Horizon
Yuriy Nevmyvaka
PhD
Dissertation Date: August, 2005
Advisors: Katia Sycara, Duane Seppi
Thesis: Normative Approach to Market Microstructure Analysis
Current employment: Associate, Equity Proprietary Trading
Lehman Brothers, New York, NY
Siddhartha Srinivasa
PhD
Dissertation Date: August, 2005
Advisors: Michael Erdmann, Matthew T. Mason
Thesis: Control Synthesis for Dynamic Contact Manipulation
Current employment: Robotics Institute
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA
Associate Professor
siddh@cs.cmu.edu
George Lopez Subrebost
PhD
Dissertation Date: December, 2005
Advisor: Gary K. Fedder
Thesis: Silicon-based microdialysis chip with integrated fraction collection and biofouling control
Paul Tompkins
PhD
Dissertation Date: May, 2005
Advisor: William (Red) L. Whittaker
Thesis: Mission-Directed Path Planning for Planetary Rover Exploration
Current employment: Lead Flight Director
NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA
pdtompkins@gmail.com
Christopher Urmson
PhD
Dissertation Date: May, 2005
Advisors: Reid Simmons, William (Red) L. Whittaker
Thesis: Navigation Regimes for Off-Road Autonomy
Vandi Verma
PhD
Dissertation Date: May, 2005
Advisor: Reid Simmons
Thesis: Tractable Particle Filters for Robot Fault Diagnosis
Current employment: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena CA
vandee@gmail.com
Carl Wellington
PhD
Dissertation Date: December, 2005
Advisor: Anthony (Tony) Stentz
Thesis: Learning a Terrain Model for Autonomous Navigation in Rough Terrain
Current employment: Senior NREC Commercialization Specialist
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
carl@wellington.name
Daniel H. Wilson
PhD
Dissertation Date: December, 2005
Advisor: Chris Atkeson
Thesis: Assistive Intelligent Environments for Automatic In-Home Health Monitoring
Current employment: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dwilson/
Jing Xiao
PhD
Dissertation Date: May, 2005
Advisor: Takeo Kanade
Thesis: Reconstruction, Registration, and Modeling of Deformable Object Shapes
Current employment: Epson Palo Alto Laboratory, Palo Alto, CA
jing.xiaoj@gmail.com
Wei-Tech Ang
PhD
Dissertation Date: May, 2004
Advisors: Pradeep Khosla, Cameron Riviere
Thesis: Active Tremor Compensation in Handheld Instrument for Microsurgery
Current employment: Assistant Professor
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
wtang@ntu.edu.sg
J. Andrew (Drew) Bagnell
PhD
Dissertation Date: December, 2004
Advisor: Jeff Schneider
Thesis: Learning Decisions: Robustness, Uncertainty, and Approximation
Current employment: Associate Professor, Robotics Institute
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
bagnell2@andrew.cmu.edu
http://www.ri.cmu.edu/people/bagnell_james.html
Devin Balkcom
PhD
Dissertation Date: August, 2004
Advisor: Matthew T. Mason
Thesis: Robotic Origami Folding
Current employment: Assistant Professor
Dartmouth University, Hanover NH
devin@cs.dartmouth.edu
Curt Bererton
PhD
Dissertation Date: December, 2004
Advisor: Pradeep Khosla
Thesis: Multi-Robot Coordination and Competition Using Mixed Integer and Linear Programs
Current employment: AI Researcher
iKuni, Palo Alto, CA
junk.bererton@gmail.com
Kiran Bhat
PhD
Dissertation Date: December, 2004
Advisor: Pradeep Khosla
Thesis: Creating Realistic Animations Using Video
Current employment: Epson Palo Alto Laboratory, Palo Alto, CA
M Bernardine Dias
PhD
Dissertation Date: May, 2004
Advisor: Anthony (Tony) Stentz
Thesis: TraderBots: A New Paradigm for Robust and Efficient Multirobot Coordination in Dynamic Environments
Current employment: Associate Research Professor, Robotics Institute
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA
Founder and Director, TechBridgeWorld
Co-Founder and Co-Director, rCommerce Lab
mbdias@ri.cmu.edu
Soshi Iba
PhD
Dissertation Date: August, 2004
Advisor: Pradeep Khosla
Thesis: Interactive Multi-Modal Robot Programming
Current employment: Honda R&D Wako Research Center, Japan
iba@ieee.org

Joelle Pineau
PhD
Dissertation Date: August, 2004
Advisors: Sebastian Thrun, Geoffrey Gordon
Thesis: Tractable Planning Under Uncertainty: Exploiting Structure
Current employment: Assistant Professor
McGill University
jpineau@cs.mcgill.ca
Chieh-Chih Wang
PhD
Dissertation Date: May, 2004
Advisor: Chuck Thorpe
Thesis: Simultaneous Localization, Mapping and Moving Object Tracking
Current employment: Assistant Professor
National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Huadong Wu
PhD
Dissertation Date: May, 2004
Advisor: Mel Siegel
Thesis: Sensor Fusion for Context-Aware Computing Using Dempster-Shafer Theory
Current employment: Postdoctoral Scholar
UPitt Magee Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA
whd@cs.cmu.edu
Brigham Anderson
PhD
Dissertation Date: August, 2003
Advisor: Andrew Moore
Thesis: Nonparametric Optimization and Galactic Morphology
Owen Carmichael
PhD
Dissertation Date: December, 2003
Advisor: Martial Hebert
Thesis: Discriminative Techniques For The Recognition Of Complex-Shaped Objects
Current employment: Assistant Professor of Neurology and Computer Science
The University of California, Davis
http://rope.ucdavis.edu/~owenc/research.htm
ocarmichael AT ucdavis.edu
Kong Man Cheung
PhD
Dissertation Date: December, 2003
Advisor: Takeo Kanade
Thesis: Visual Hull Construction, Alignment and Refinement for Human Kinematic Modeling, Motion Tracking and Rendering
Vincent Cicirello
PhD
Dissertation Date: August, 2003
Advisor: Stephen Smith
Thesis: Boosting Stochastic Problem Solvers Through Online Self-Analysis of Performance
Current employment: Assistant Professor
Richard Stockton College of NJ, Pomona NJ
cicrelv@stockton.edu
Michael Montemerlo
PhD
Dissertation Date: August, 2003
Advisors: William (Red) L. Whittaker, Sebastian Thrun
Thesis: FastSLAM: A Factored Solution to the Simultaneous Localization and Mapping Problem with Unknown Data Association
Current employment: Senior Research Engineer
Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
Nicholas Roy
PhD
Dissertation Date: August, 2003
Advisors: Sebastian Thrun, Tom Mitchell
Thesis: Finding Approximate POMDP solutions Through Belief Compression
Current employment: Assistant Professor
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, MA
nickroy@mit.edu
Jeffrey Smith
PhD
Dissertation Date: May, 2003
Advisor: Irving Oppenheim
Thesis: Three Applications of Optimization in Computer Graphics
Current employment: Research Programmer
Softimage, Montreal, Canada
jeffreys@softimage.com
Peter Staritz
PhD
Dissertation Date: August, 2003
Advisor: William (Red) L. Whittaker
Thesis: Force Guided Assembly Under Bias
Current employment: General Dynamics Robotic Systems, Owings Mills, MD
pstaritz@gdrs.com
Ashley Stroupe
PhD
Dissertation Date: August, 2003
Advisor: Tucker Balch
Thesis: Collaborative Execution of Exploration and Tracking Using Move Value Estimation for Robot Teams (MVERT)
Current employment: Staff Engineer
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA
Ashley.Stroupe@jpl.nasa.gov
Yanghai Tsin
PhD
Dissertation Date: December, 2003
Advisor: Takeo Kanade
Thesis: Kernel Correlation as an Affinity Measure in Point-Sampled Vision Problems
Current employment: Member of Technical Staff
Siemens Corporate Research
yanghai.tsin@scr.siemens.com
Stella Yu
PhD
Dissertation Date: May, 2003
Advisors: Jianbo Shi, Tai-Sing Lee
Thesis: Computational Models of Perceptual Organization
Current employment: Postdoctoral Fellow
University of California, Berkeley, CA
stellayu@eecs.berkeley.edu
Charles Zitnick
PhD
Dissertation Date: May, 2003
Advisor: Takeo Kanade
Current employment: Microsoft Research, Redmond, WA
larryz@microsoft.com
Peng Chang
PhD
Dissertation Date: July, 2002
Advisor: Martial Hebert
Thesis: Robust Tracking and Structure from Motion with Sampling Method
Current employment: Technical Staff
Sarnoff Corporation, Princeton NJ
pchang@sarnoff.com
Alex Foessel
PhD
Dissertation Date: January, 2002
Advisor: William (Red) L. Whittaker
Thesis: Scene Modeling from Motion-Free Radar Sensing
Current employment: John Deere Company
Daniel Huber
PhD
Dissertation Date: July, 2002
Advisor: Martial Hebert
Thesis: Automatic Three-dimensional Modeling from Reality
Current employment: Senior Systems Scientist, Robotics Institute
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
http://www.ri.cmu.edu/people/huber_daniel.html
dhuber@cs.cmu.edu
James Ryan Miller
PhD
Dissertation Date: January, 2002
Advisor: Omead Amidi
Thesis: A 3D Color Terrain Modeling System for Small Autonomous Helicopters
Daniel Nikovski
PhD
Dissertation Date: January, 2002
Advisor: Illah Nourbakhsh
Thesis: State-Aggregation Algorithms for Learning Probabilistic Models for Robot Control
Current employment: Research Scientist
Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs, Cambridge, MA
http://www-2.cs.cmu.edu/~danieln/
nikovski@merl.com
Alvaro Soto
PhD
Dissertation Date: September, 2002
Advisor: Pradeep Khosla
Thesis: A Probabilistic Approach for the Adaptive Integration of Multiple Visual Cues Using an Agent Framework
Current employment: Associate Professor
Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago Chile
asoto@ing.puc.cl
Terrence W. Fong
PhD
Dissertation Date: November, 2001
Advisor: Chuck Thorpe
Thesis: Collaborative Control: A Robot-Centric Model for Vehicle Teleoperation
Current employment: Group Lead, Intelligent Robotics Group
NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA
terry.fong@nasa.gov
Mei Han
PhD
Dissertation Date: February, 2001
Advisor: Takeo Kanade
Thesis: Liner and Bilinear Subspace Methods for Structure from Motion
Current employment: Research Staff Member
NEC Laboratories America, Cupertino, CA
http://www.nec-labs.com/organization.html
meihan@sv.nec-labs.com
Martin C. Martin
PhD
Dissertation Date: September, 2001
Advisor: Hans Moravec
Thesis: The Simulated Evolution of Robot Perception
Current employment: Senior Computer Scientist
Panjiva.com, Cambridge, MA
Stewart Moorehead
PhD
Dissertation Date: August, 2001
Advisor: William (Red) L. Whittaker
Thesis: Autonomous Surface Exploration for Mobile Robots
Current employment: John Deere, Moline, IL
stewartm@ieee.org
Andrew Mor
PhD
Dissertation Date: October, 2001
Advisor: Takeo Kanade
Thesis: Progressive Cutting with Minimal New Element Creation of Soft Tissue Models for Interactive Surgical Simulation
Current employment: RE2, Inc.
Pittsburgh, PA 15202
abm760@gmail.com
Daniel D. Morris
PhD
Dissertation Date: March, 2001
Advisor: Takeo Kanade
Thesis: Gauge Freedoms and Uncertainty Modeling for 3D Computer Vision
Current employment: R&D Engineer
Northrop Grumman Corporation, PAhttp://www.northropgrumman.com/
Daniel_D_Morris@mail.northgrum.com
Sundar Vedula
PhD
Dissertation Date: September, 2001
Advisor: Takeo Kanade
Thesis: Image Based Spatio-Temporal Modeling and View Interpolation of Dynamic Events
Current employment: YesVideo, Santa Clara, CA
http://www.yesvideo.com
Liang Zhao
PhD
Dissertation Date: June, 2001
Advisor: Chuck Thorpe
Thesis: Dressed Human Modeling, Detection, and Parts Localization
Current employment: Research Scientist
University of Maryland, College Park MD
http://www.umiacs.umd.edu/people/researchfaculty.htm
lzhao@umiacs.umd.edu
Zack Butler
PhD
Dissertation Date: August, 2000
Advisor: Ralph Hollis
Thesis: Distributed Coverage of Rectilinear Environments
Current employment: Assistant Professor
Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
http://www.cs.rit.edu/~zjb/research.html
Jay Gowdy
PhD
Dissertation Date: December, 2000
Advisor: Chuck Thorpe
Thesis: Emergent Architectures: A Case Study for Outdoor Mobile Robots
Current employment: Cognex Corporation
http://www.cognex.com/
Keith Lay
PhD
Dissertation Date: May, 2000
Advisor: Anthony (Tony) Stentz
Thesis: Incremental Object Recognition Using Range Sensors
Current employment: Senior Research Engineer
Caterpillar Inc., Peoria, IL
Laynk@CAT.com
Christopher Lee
PhD
Dissertation Date: May, 2000
Advisor: Yangsheng Xu
Thesis: Learning Reduced-Dimension Models of Human Actions
Current employment: Senior Research Engineer
Boston Dynamics, Waltham MA
Liam Pedersen
PhD
Dissertation Date: November, 2000
Advisor: Martial Hebert
Thesis: Robotic Rock Classification and Autonomous Exploration
Current employment: Senior Robotics Engineer
NASA Ames Research Center, San Jose, CA
http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~pedersen
pedersen@email.arc.nasa.gov
Arthur Quaid
PhD
Dissertation Date: July, 2000
Advisor: Ralph Hollis
Current employment: Director of Research & Development
Z-KAT, Inc., Hollywood, FL
http://www.z-kat.com/
aquaid@bellsouth.net
Henry Schneiderman
PhD
Dissertation Date: May, 2000
Advisor: Takeo Kanade
Thesis: A Statistical Approach to 3D Object Detection Applied to Faces and Cars
Current employment: Google
Pittsburgh, PA
schneiderman.henry@gmail.com
Kimberly Shillcutt
PhD
Dissertation Date: October, 2000
Advisor: William (Red) L. Whittaker
Thesis: Solar Based Navigation for Robotic Explorers
Current employment: Computer Engineer
NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX
robotkim@yahoo.com
Parag Batavia
PhD
Dissertation Date: September, 1999
Advisors: Chuck Thorpe, Dean Pomerleau
Thesis: Driver Adaptive Lane Departure Warning Systems
Current employment: Director of Projects and Operations
QinetiQ North America Technology Solutions Group
Applied Perception, Inc., Pittsburgh PA
pbatavia@foster-miller.com
Peter Berkelman
PhD
Dissertation Date: June, 1999
Advisor: Ralph Hollis
Thesis: Tool-Based Haptic Interaction with Dynamic Physical Simulations using Lorentz Magnetic Levitation
Current employment: Assistant Professor
University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI
http://www.me.hawaii.edu/faculty/berkelman.htm
Mei Chen
PhD
Dissertation Date: July, 1999
Advisors: Takeo Kanade, Dean Pomerleau
Thesis: 3-D Deformable Registration Using a Statistical Atlas with Applications in Medicine
Current employment: Senior Scientist
Intel Research, Pittsburgh PA
http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~meichen/
Stephen Chen
PhD
Dissertation Date: August, 1999
Advisor: Stephen Smith
Thesis: Is the Common Good? A New Perspective Developed in Genetic Algorithms
Current employment: Associate Professor
York University, Toronto, Ontario CANADA
http://www.atkinson.yorku.ca/~sychen/
sychen@yorku.ca
Kan Deng
PhD
Dissertation Date: January, 1999
Advisor: Andrew Moore
Thesis: OMEGA: ON-LINE MEMORY-BASED GENERAL PURPOSE SYSTEM CLASSIFIER
Current employment: Manager
Telenav, Beijing CHINA
http://www.telenav.com/
John Hancock
PhD
Dissertation Date: January, 1999
Advisors: Chuck Thorpe, Martial Hebert
Thesis: Laser Intensity-Based Obstacle Detection and Tracking
Current employment: Programmer
# LucasArts Entertainment Company, San Rafael, CA
http://www.lucasarts.com/
jhancock@lucasarts.com
Murali Krishna
PhD
Dissertation Date: August, 1999
Advisor: John Bares
Thesis: Optimal Motion Computation for Hydraulic Robots
Current employment: Senior Automation Engineer
Intel Corporation, Hillsboro, OR
murali.krishna@intel.com
Patrick (Chris) Leger
PhD
Dissertation Date: December, 1999
Advisor: John Bares
Thesis: Automated Synthesis and Optimization of Robot Configurations: An Evolutionary Approach
Current employment: Member of Engineering Staff
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA
http://robotics.jpl.nasa.gov/people/cleger/homepage.html
chris.leger@jpl.nasa.gov
Patrick Rowe
PhD
Dissertation Date: January, 1999
Advisor: Anthony (Tony) Stentz
Thesis: Adaptive Motion Planning for Autonomous Mass Excavation
Current employment: # Vice President, Research & Development
Robotics Engineering Excellence (RE2), Pittsburgh, PA
http://www.resquared.com/
patrick.rowe@resquared.com
Lisa Saksida
PhD
Dissertation Date: August, 1999
Advisor: James McClelland
Thesis: The Interaction of Perception and Cognition: A Competitive Connectionist Model of the Effects of Experience on Perceptual Representations
Current employment: Lecturer, Principal Investigator
University of Cambridge, Cambridge UNITED KINGDOM
http://research.psychol.cam.ac.uk/~csnlab/
Todd Williamson
PhD
Dissertation Date: September, 1999
Advisor: Chuck Thorpe
Thesis: A High-Performance Stereo Vision System for Obstacle Detection
Current employment: Principal Computer Scientist
ITA Software, Inc., Cambridge MA
http://www.itasoftware.com
toddw@ieee.org
Garth Zeglin
PhD
Dissertation Date: October, 1999
Advisor: Matthew T. Mason
Thesis: The Bow Leg Hopping Robot
Current employment: Project Scientist, Robotics Institute
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
http://www.ri.cmu.edu/people/zeglin_garth.html
garthz@cs.cmu.edu
Dongmei Zhang
PhD
Dissertation Date: December, 1999
Advisor: Martial Hebert
Thesis: Harmonic Shape Images: A 3D Free-form Surface Representation and Its Applications in Surface Matching
Current employment: Research Manager
Microsoft Research, Inc., One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052
dongmeizhang@hotmail.com
Dimitrios (Dimi) Apostolopoulos
PhD
Dissertation Date: May, 1998
Advisor: William (Red) L. Whittaker
Thesis: Analytical Configuration of Wheeled Robotic Locomotion
Current employment: Senior Systems Scientist, Robotics Institute
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
http://www.ri.cmu.edu/people/apostolopoulos_dimitrios.html
da1v@ri.cmu.edu
Deepak Bapna
PhD
Dissertation Date: February, 1998
Advisor: John Bares
Thesis: Payload Pointing from Mobile Robots
Current employment: Director, Product Management
Microsoft Corporation, Redmond WA
Barry Brummit
PhD
Dissertation Date: January, 1998
Advisor: Anthony (Tony) Stentz
Thesis: A Mission Planning System for Multiple Mobile Robotics in Unknown, Unstructured, and Changing Environments
Current employment: Software Engineer
Google, Inc., Kirkland WA
John Murphy
PhD
Dissertation Date: May, 1998
Advisor: William (Red) L. Whittaker
Thesis: Panospheric Video for Robotic Telexploration
Current employment: Astrobotics, Inc., San Jose, CA
http://www.astrobotics.com/
john@astrobotics.com
Michael Nechyba
PhD
Dissertation Date: May, 1998
Advisor: Yangsheng Xu
Thesis: Learning and Validation of Human Control Strategies
Current employment: Assistant Professor
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
http://mil.ufl.edu/people/nechyba/
nechyba@mil.ufl.edu
Lin Chase
PhD
Dissertation Date: April, 1997
Advisors: Raj Reddy, Roni Rosenfeld
Thesis: Error-Responsive Feedback Mechanisms for Speech Recognizers
Current employment: Director
Accenture Technology Labs, Bangalore INDIA
http://www.accenture.com/home/
Fabio Cozman
PhD
Dissertation Date: December, 1997
Advisor: Eric Krotkov
Thesis: Decision Making Based on Convex Sets of Probability Distributions: Quasi-Bayesian Networks and Outdoor Visual Position Estimation
Current employment: Full Professor
Escola Polit?cnica da Universidade de S?o Paulo, S?o Paulo, BRAZIL
http://www.poli.usp.br/p/fabio.cozman/
fgcozman@usp.br
Kevin Dowling
PhD
Dissertation Date: December, 1997
Advisor: William (Red) L. Whittaker
Thesis: Limbless Locomotion: Learning to Crawl with a Snake Robot
Current employment: VP Strategic Technologies
Color Kinetics, Boston, MA
http://corp.colorkinetics.com/about/people
Herman Herman
PhD
Dissertation Date: May, 1997
Advisor: Anthony (Tony) Stentz
Thesis: Robotic Subsurface Mapping Using Ground Penetrating Radar
Current employment: Principal NREC Commercialization Specialist
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
http://www.ri.cmu.edu/people/herman_herman.html
herman@frc2.frc.ri.cmu.edu
Wesley Huang
PhD
Dissertation Date: August, 1997
Advisor: Matthew T. Mason
Thesis: Impulsive Manipulation
Current employment: Senior Research Scientist
Foster-Miller QinetiQ North America, Waltham MA
whuang@foster-miller.com
Yan-Bin Jia
PhD
Dissertation Date: December, 1997
Advisor: Michael Erdmann
Thesis: Geometric and Dynamic Sensing: Observation of Pose and Motion through Contact
Current employment: Associate Professor
Iowa State University, Ames, IA
http://www.cs.iastate.edu/~jia/
jia@cs.iastate.edu
Andrew Johnson
PhD
Dissertation Date: August, 1997
Advisor: Martial Hebert
Thesis: Spin-Images: A Representation for 3-D Surface Matching
Current employment: Principal Member of Technical Staff
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA
http://www-robotics.jpl.nasa.gov/people/Andrew_Johnson/
aej@jpl.nasa.gov
Lalitesh Katragadda
PhD
Dissertation Date: December, 1997
Advisor: William (Red) L. Whittaker
Thesis: Synergy: A Language and Framework for Robot Design
Current employment: Chief Executive Officer
Astrobotics Inc., San Jose, CA
http://www.astrobotics.com
lalitesh@astrobotics.com
Dirk Langer
PhD
Dissertation Date: January, 1997
Advisors: Chuck Thorpe, Martial Hebert
Thesis: An Integrated MMW Radar System for Outdoor Navigation
Current employment: President & CEO
Z&F US, Inc., Duquesne, PA
http://www.zf-usa.com/
langer+@ri.cmu.edu
James Morrow
PhD
Dissertation Date: May, 1997
Advisor: Pradeep Khosla
Thesis: Sensorimotor Primitives for Programming Robotic Assembly Skills
Current employment: Principal Member of Technical Staff
Sandia National Laboratories
dmorrow@ieee.org
Mark Ollis
PhD
Dissertation Date: August, 1997
Advisor: Anthony (Tony) Stentz
Thesis: Perception Algorithms for a Harvesting Robot
Current employment: Systems Engineer
Lockheed Martin, Denver CO
George Paul
PhD
Dissertation Date: November, 1997
Advisor: Katsushi Ikeuchi
Thesis: Kinematics of Objects in Contact using Dual Vectors and its Applications
Current employment: Senior Roboticist
MobileRobots, Inc., Amherst NH
Julio Rosenblatt
PhD
Dissertation Date: January, 1997
Advisor: Chuck Thorpe
Thesis: DAMN: A Distributed Architecture for Mobile Navigation
Current employment: Senior Research Associate
University of Sydney, Sydney, AUSTRALIA
http://www.umiacs.umd.edu/~julio/
julio@cs.umd.edu
Yoichi Sato
PhD
Dissertation Date: January, 1997
Advisor: Katsushi Ikeuchi
Thesis: Object Shape and Reflectance Modeling from Color Image Sequence
Current employment: Associate Professor
The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, JAPAN
http://jpn.hci.iis.u-tokyo.ac.jp/~ysato/
sato@iis.u-tokyo.ac.jp
Rahul Sukthankar
PhD
Dissertation Date: January, 1997
Advisors: Chuck Thorpe, Dean Pomerleau
Thesis: Situation Awareness for Tactical Driving
Current employment: Senior Principal Researcher
Intel Research, Pittsburgh PA
http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~rahuls
rahuls@cs.cmu.edu
Richard Voyles
PhD
Dissertation Date: August, 1997
Advisor: Pradeep Khosla
Thesis: Toward Gesture-Based Programming: Agent-Based Haptic Skill Acquisition and Interpretation
Current employment: # Assistant Professor
University of Denver, Denver, CO
http://mysite.du.edu/~rvoyles/
rvoyles@du.edu

Cheng-Hua Wang
PhD
Dissertation Date: September, 1997
Advisor: David Bourne
Thesis: Manufacturability-Driven Decomposition of Sheet Metal Products
Nina Zumel
PhD
Dissertation Date: January, 1997
Advisor: Michael Erdmann
Thesis: A Nonprehensile Method for Reliable Parts Orienting
Current employment: Co-Founder and Owner
Quimba Software, San Mateo, CA
http://www.quimba.com/
http://www.mzlabs.com/NBZumel/
Srinivas Akella
PhD
Dissertation Date: December, 1996
Advisor: Matthew T. Mason
Thesis: Robotic Manipulation for Parts Transfer and Orienting: Mechanics, Planning, an Shape Uncertainty
Current employment: Assistant Professor
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
http://www.cs.rpi.edu/~sakella/
sakella@cs.rpi.edu
Vladimir Brajovic
PhD
Dissertation Date: January, 1996
Advisor: Takeo Kanade
Thesis: Computational Sensors for Global Operations in Vision
R. Craig Coulter
PhD
Dissertation Date: March, 1996
Advisor: William (Red) L. Whittaker
Current employment: Founder
HyperActive Technologies
rcoulter@hyperactivetechnologies.com
Ian Davis
PhD
Dissertation Date: April, 1996
Advisors: Mel Siegel, Anthony (Tony) Stentz
Thesis: A Modular Neural Network Approach to Autonomous Navigation
Current employment: Chief Executive Officer
Mad Doc Software LLC, Lawrence, MA
http://www.maddocsoftware.com
mad_dr_i@maddocsoftware.com
Todd Jochem
PhD
Dissertation Date: January, 1996
Advisors: Chuck Thorpe, Dean Pomerleau
Thesis: Virtual Active Vision Tools
Current employment: CEO
SkEyes Unlimited
Jyi Shane Liu
PhD
Dissertation Date: April, 1996
Advisor: Katia Sycara
Thesis: Coordination of Multiple Agents in Distributed Manufacturing Scheduling
Current employment: Associate Professor
National ChengChi University, Taipei, TAIWAN
http://www.nccu.edu.tw/english/main.html
jsliu@cs.nccu.edu.tw
Kevin Lynch
PhD
Dissertation Date: March, 1996
Advisor: Matthew T. Mason
Thesis: A Nonprehensile Method for Reliable Parts Orienting
Current employment: Assistant Professor
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
http://lims.mech.nwu.edu/~lynch
Bruce Maxwell
PhD
Dissertation Date: July, 1996
Advisor: Steven Shafer
Thesis: Segmentation and Interpolation Using Multiple Physical Hypotheses of Image Formation
Current employment: Associate Professor and Chair
Colby College, Waterville ME
http://www.cs.colby.edu/maxwell/
Heung-Yeung Shum
PhD
Dissertation Date: July, 1996
Advisor: Raj Reddy
Thesis: Modeling from Reality: Representing and Integration
Current employment: Research Manager
Microsoft Research, Inc., Redmond, WA
http://www.research.microsoft.com/users/hshum/
hshum@microsoft.com
David Simon
PhD
Dissertation Date: December, 1996
Advisor: Takeo Kanade
Thesis: Fast and Accurate Shape-Based Registration
Current employment: Chief Technology Officer
Medtronic Navigation, Louisville, CO
david.simon@medtronic.com
Fredric Solomon
PhD
Dissertation Date: May, 1996
Advisor: Katsushi Ikeuchi
Thesis: Illumination Planning for Photometric Measurements
Current employment: Senior Automation Project Engineer
Merck & Co. Inc., Rahway, NJ
fred_solomon@merck.com
Alonzo Kelly
PhD
Dissertation Date: August, 1995
Advisor: Anthony (Tony) Stentz
Thesis: An Intelligent Predictive Control Approach to the High-Speed Cross-Country Autonomous Navigation Problem
Current employment: Professor
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
http://www.frc.ri.cmu.edu/~alonzo
alonzo@cs.cmu.edu
Bradley Nelson
PhD
Dissertation Date: August, 1995
Advisor: Pradeep Khosla
Thesis: Object Schemas and Port-based Agents for Assimilating Disparate Sensory Feedback
Current employment: Professor, Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems
ETH, Zurich
http://www.iris.ethz.ch/msrl/people/brad_n.php
Gary Shaffer
PhD
Dissertation Date: October, 1995
Advisor: Anthony (Tony) Stentz
Thesis: Two-Dimensional Mapping of Expansive Unknown Areas
Current employment: Hewlitt-Packard Co. HG, NC
Sanjiv Singh
PhD
Dissertation Date: January, 1995
Advisor: Reid Simmons
Thesis: Synthesis of Tactical Plans For Robotic Excavation
Current employment: Research Professor, Robotics Institute
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA
http://www.ri.cmu.edu/people/singh_sanjiv.html
ssingh@ri.cmu.edu
David Wettergreen
PhD
Dissertation Date: December, 1995
Advisors: William (Red) L. Whittaker, Chuck Thorpe
Thesis: Robotic Walking on Natural Terrain: Gait planning and behavior-based control for statically-stable walking robots
Current employment: Research Professor, Robotics Institute
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
http://www.ri.cmu.edu/people/wettergreen_david.html
dsw@ri.cmu.edu

Yalin Xiong
PhD
Dissertation Date: September, 1995
Advisor: Steven Shafer
Thesis: High Precision Image Matching and Shape Recovery
Current employment: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 4800 Oak Grove Dr., M/S 125-152, Pasadena, CA 91109
yx@robotics.jpl.nasa.gov

Sing Bing Kang
PhD
Dissertation Date: December, 1994
Advisor: Katsushi Ikeuchi
Thesis: Robot Instruction by Human Demonstration
Current employment: Researcher
Microsoft Research, Redmond, WA
http://research.microsoft.com/~sbkang/
sbkang@microsoft.com
John Krumm
PhD
Dissertation Date: December, 1993
Advisor: Steven Shafer
Thesis: Space/Frequency Shape Inference and Segmentation of Textured 3D Surfaces
Current employment: Researcher
Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, WA
http://research.microsoft.com/users/jckrumm/
jckrumm@microsoft.com
Dhiraj Pathak
PhD
Dissertation Date: May, 1993
Advisors: Allen Newell, David Steier
Thesis: Agent Design for Automatic Use of a Software System: A Case Study with a Soar Agent for Mathematica
Current employment: Glaxo Wellcome, Inc., Research Triangle Park, NC
Sergio Sedas-Gersey
PhD
Dissertation Date: May, 1993
Advisor: William (Red) L. Whittaker
Thesis: Algorithms for Automatic Sensor Placement to Acquire Complete and Accurate Information
Current employment: Research Faculty
Dept. of Mechatronics and Automation
Tecnol?gico de Monterrey, Monterrey NL Mexico
http://www.sergiosedas.com/
Harry K.H. Kim
PhD
Dissertation Date: July, 1992
Advisor: David Bourne
Thesis: A System for Automated Fixture Planning with Modular Fixtures
Jin-Oh Kim
PhD
Dissertation Date: August, 1992
Advisor: Pradeep Khosla
Thesis: Task Based Kinematic Design of Robot Manipulators
Current employment: Professor
Kwangwoon University, Seoul, KOREA
jokim@kw.ac.kr

President of Korea CMU Alumni Chapter (2013-Present)
In So Kweon
PhD
Dissertation Date: January, 1991
Advisor: Takeo Kanade
Thesis: Modeling Rugged Terrain by Mobile Robots with Multiple Sensors
Current employment: Associate Professor
KAIST, Seoul, KOREA
http://rcv.kaist.ac.kr/professor/professor.html
iskweon@cais.kaist.ac.kr
Caroline Hayes
PhD
Dissertation Date: December, 1990
Advisor: S Desa
Thesis: Machining Planning: A Model of an Expert Level Planning Process
Current employment: Richard and Barbara Nelson Associate Professor
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
http://www.me.umn.edu/research/faculty/hayes.shtml
hayes@me.umn.edu