I am a research engineer at the Auburn University office of Integrated Solutions for Systems (IS4S), a small defense contractor headquartered in Huntsville, AL. My work there focuses on navigation systems and unmanned vehicles and includes projects for the US Army Corp of Engineers, CERDEC, GPS Directorate, and ESTCP.
Before joining IS4S in December of 2011, I was a graduate student in Dr. David Bevly’s GPS and Vehicle Dynamics Laboratory (GAVLAB) studying ground vehicle navigation and control. I received an MS in electrical engineering in 2007 and am currently completing my PhD dissertation while working at IS4S. During my master’s work I developed a robotic system for the Army Corp of Engineers for performing autonomous geophysical surveys for locating unexploded ordnance (UXO). My doctoral work is focused on techniques for navigating small ground robots in GPS denied environments using simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) techniques.
- Navigation of ground vehicles and dismounted soldiers (focusing on GPS based navigation techniques)
- Path planning and control of unmanned ground vehicles
- Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM)
- Control Systems
- State Estimation Techniques