Organisers

 

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Andrew Symington

Andrew Symington is a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). He completed a DPhil in the Sensor Networks Group at the University of Oxford in 2013. Prior to joining UCLA in 2015, he worked as a research associate within the FP7-funded CompLACS project, where he implemented high-level multi-platform control algorithms on a swarm of Ascending Technologies quadrotors. Andrew’s research focuses on fusing measurements from multiple sources to align clocks or estimate the motion of embedded sensors or robots.

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Simon Julier

Simon Julier is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science, University College London and holds a DPhil from the Robotics Research Group at the University of Oxford, UK. During his DPhil he assisted Jeff Uhlmann in the development of both the Unscented Kalman Filter and Covariance Intersection fusion algorithms. Between 1997 and 2006, he worked at the Naval Research Laboratory, Washington DC, where he led a team to develop mobile augmented reality systems. Since 2006 he has been working at UCL where he has been developing algorithms for simultaneous localisation mapping, augmented reality, and distributed data fusion. Recently, he has begun to study the use of negative information (lack of detections) in filtering and estimation problems.

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Gabe Sibley

Gabe Sibley is an Assistant Professor in Computer Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Before joining CU, Gabe was an Assistant Professor in Computer Science at George Washington University and Director of the Autonomous Robotics & Perception Lab. Previously, Gabe was a Junior Research Fellow at Somerville College, Oxford, and a post-doctoral research assistant in the Mobile Robotics Group of the Oxford University Engineering Department working with Professor Paul Newman. Gabe was a PhD student at the Robotic Embedded Systems Laboratory at the University of Southern California under the supervision of Professor Gaurav Sukhatme, and a Robotics Engineer in the Computer Vision Group at NASA-JPL under Dr. Larry Matthies. At NASA-JPL, Gabe worked on long-range data-fusion algorithms for planetary landing vehicles, unmanned sea vehicles and unmanned ground vehicles.

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Nisar Ahmed

Nisar Ahmed is an assistant professor of Aerospace Engineering Science at the University of Colorado Boulder. His research interests are in modeling and estimation for intelligent control of dynamical systems, especially for applications involving human-robot interaction, sensor networks and information fusion. He completed his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Cornell University in 2012 and from 2012-2014 was a postdoctoral research associate in the Cornell Autonomous Systems Lab (ASL) with Professor Mark Campbell. He was awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship in 2007, the 2011 AIAA GNC Conference Best Paper Award, and an ASEE Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship in 2014.

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Nate Koenig

Nate Koenig is the Chief Technology Officer at Open Source Robotics Foundation (OSRF). Prior to joining OSRF, Nate was a research engineer at Willow Garage where he conducted human robot interaction (HRI) studies and continued development of Gazebo, and open source robot simulator. Nate started his academic career at the Rochester Institute of Technology where he earned a B.S in computer science. A one year hiatus to Xerox then lead him to the computer science master program at USC, where he joined the Interaction Lab. During his master’s studies, Nate co-started the Gazebo simulator with Prof. Andrew Howard. Nate continued his education at USC in the PhD program working with Prof. Maja Matarić. Nate’s PhD work focused on Bayesian approaches to Learning from Demonstration (LfD) and improved interfaces for human robot communication.

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Tully Foote

Tully Foote is the ROS Platform Manager at the Open Source Robotics Foundation. His work at the Open Source Robotics Foundation is a continuation of his work at Willow Garage where he focused on ROS development, building core tools and libraries to support the ROS community. Prior to Willow Garage he worked on all three DARPA Grand Challenges, twice on the Caltech team and in the Urban Challenge on the University of Pennsylvania team. He is also the co-creator of the TurtleBot, a platform designed to expand the availability of robotics to new communities.