I am a postdoctoral researcher working with the Robotics and Perception Group at the University of Zürich, led by Davide Scaramuzza.
I previously worked as a postdoc at the Field Robotics Laboratory at the University of Hawai`i at Manoa in autonomous marine robotics with Brian Bingham.
I completed my Ph.D. in Computer Science from SUNY Buffalo in New York in June 2013. My work there primarily focused on vision and perception for ground robots, especially the problem of semantic object modeling. I was lucky enough to work with the Vision and Perceptual Machines Lab under the guidance of Prof. Jason Corso, and spend several summers conducting research with the Asset Control and Behaviors Branch of the US Army Research Lab.
My primary research interest is in extracting semantic features of the environment from visual and 3D data and using them guide mobile robots. But I am also interested in 3D data processing, object-based place recognition, and developing deployable, real-time, field-ready systems.
Prior to my work in robotics, I studied high performance computing and computational science, applied mathematics, and physics, in a long academic career. I also spent several years as a high school science teacher.
In my spare time, I enjoy being active outside: playing soccer, cycling, skiing and snowboarding, rock climbing, hiking, and camping. I love music, both as a musician and a fan—I spent over a decade playing bass in a band called The Stay Lows in Buffalo, and I am an avid record collector. I also love good food (both cooking and eating it), beer, wine, and sharing all of them with good people.