Since 2014, I have been a postdoctoral researcher working with the Robotics and Perception Group at the University of Zürich, led by Davide Scaramuzza. My primary research interest is in vision-based perception and navigation for flying robots.
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.
In 2013, I completed my Ph.D. in Computer Science under the guidance of Jason Corso at SUNY Buffalo in New York. My work there primarily focused on vision and perception for ground robots, especially the problem of semantic object modeling.
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, NY, 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.