I am an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Lowell (UML). I have performed extensive experiments on human-robot trust in time-critical situations in virtual simulations, the lab, and the field. In recent years, I focused on field robotics: in-situ human-robot teaming experiments in the marine domain and field experiments for river navigation of autonomous surface vehicles. These projects have yielded datasets that have been released for the human-robot interaction community and the marine robotics community.
Previously, I attended Missouri University of Science and Technology (S&T) (formerly University of Missouri-Rolla, UMR) where I received a Masters in Computer Engineering (advisor: Prof. Donald Wunsch) and two Bachelors degrees (Computer Engineering and Physics).
Robotics is my passion and I have been hooked since I joined the S&T Robotics Competition Team the second semester of my freshmen year. While on the team, I held various positions, including Team President, as we competed annually in the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition. This competition requires the team to design and build a medium-sized robot to autonomously traverse an outdoor obstacle course.