In 2018, I joined the Microsoft Mixed Reality and AI Lab in Zürich as a Senior Scientist. My work there is focused on bringing autonomous robots into Microsoft’s Mixed Reality ecosystem.
From 2014-2018, I was a postdoctoral researcher working with the Robotics and Perception Group at the University of Zürich, working on vision-based perception and navigation for flying robots. Previous to that, I 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.