PhD, Electrical and Computer Engineering2010, Georgia Institute of Technology
MS, Electrical and Computer Engineering2008, Georgia Institute of Technology
BS, Electrical Engineering2006, University of Texas at Arlington
I study distributed artificial intelligence, particularly its application to space, from Earth science to planetary exploration. My research focuses on strategic coordination, onboard algorithms, and constellation design considerations, such as heterogeneity and team compositions. I work on the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission, NASA’s first test mission for planetary defense. I’m currently a member of DART’s Integration and Testing team, having previously been a part of the mission’s Autonomy, Fault Management, and SMART Nav/GNC teams. My background is in swarm robotics. As part of that training, I’ve researched how to transition collective behaviors found in nature to artificial, networked systems. The swarming work has appeared in leading venues, such as the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, Automatica, European Conference on AI, and the Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems. I was the PI of an Office of Naval Research project investigating self-organizing systems. My current research projects range from providing hyper-local situational awareness in the aftermath of disasters, predicting the outbreak of waterborne diseases, to the coordination of sensor platforms. A common thread in my work is an interest to connect novel remotely-sensed products, analytics, and multiagent systems.
Notable Awards and Leadership
|2021||APL Sabbatical Fellowship and Professorship|
|2017-2020||Mentor ASPIRE High School Interns APL STEM Program Management Office|