I am a control theory and robotics researcher at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. My research interests are on control of multi-agent systems leveraging theory from the areas of networked control systems, optimal control, and hybrid systems. In particular, my dissertation focuses on human-swarm interactions via coverage of time-varying densities and motion planning for multi-robot systems.
I believe in interdisciplinary research, and have extensive experience collaborating with others. During my time at the GRITS Lab at Georgia Tech, I collaborated with individuals in the School of Mathematics, the School of Aerospace Engineering, Rockwell Collins, Inc., and the HyNeSs Lab from Boston University — all resulting in peer-reviewed publications. I most recently collaborated with individuals from the SIPLab on a brain-swarm interaction implementation.
I have also had research experience outside of my time as a graduate student at Georgia Tech, including industry related experience. I am currently a senior professional staff at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, the nation’s largest university-affiliated research center. This is giving me the opportunity to work with many researchers on problems related to aerodynamic vehicles, guidance, navigation and control (GNC) systems, online optimization and adaptive optics for atmospheric turbulence metrology. Before becoming a full time employee, I had three separate internship experiences at JHU/APL, as well as a 7-month-long co-op experience as an engineering co-op technical aide at Rockwell Collins, Inc.
I enjoy teaching and mentoring others. I have actively sought out teaching and mentoring opportunities since I was an undergraduate student where I worked as a tutor, up to graduate school where I was a teaching assistant for various senior and advanced graduate courses, as well as the instructor of my own course. In fact, these opportunities led to an outstanding teaching assistant award and a certificate in higher education from the Center for Teaching and Learning at Georgia Tech.