About Me

I currently live in Ann Arbor, MI, where I am an autonomy researcher at Toyota Research Institute working on autonomous driving, focusing on vehicle behavior, inference and high-level decision making. Before my TRI position, I was a research investigator at the University of Michigan working on the NGV automated driving project with the PeRL and APRIL groups, with funding from the Ford Motor Company. 

I completed by Ph.D. at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Dept., and worked as a graduate research assistant in the Center for Robotics and Intelligent Machines (RIM@GT) in decentralized robot perception and mapping with my advisor Dr. Frank Dellaert since 2009 as a part of the BORG Lab. I completed my M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2010 at Georgia Tech. 

I arrived at Georgia Tech in the fall of 2008, and during my time here I have also worked (Fall 2008-Summer 2009) as a graduate teaching assistant in the undergraduate professional communication program (info), in which I was a writing consultant and lab supervisor for the ECE2031 digital design lab. 

As an extracurricular robotics project, I was a member of the GT RoboJackets RoboCup Small Size Team from 2009 to 2012, and was the the software subteam lead as well as project manager from 2010 to 2012, and during my time on the team we competed internationally in Singapore in 2010 and in Istanbul in 2011.

I completed my undergraduate work at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, MA with my B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2008.  During my time at WPI, I was a senior tutor for several ECE classes, as well as an officer in  the IEEE student chapter, and a member and officer in both Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi.  I interned with the MITRE corporation in Bedford, MA for two summers in a communications lab, and was a test engineering intern at GE Security in Pittsfield, ME for one summer.

I am originally from Pittsfield, Maine, where I went to Maine Central Institute and graduated as valedictorian in 2004.