I am an assistant professor in the Intelligent Systems Engineering Department at Indiana University - Bloomington. My recent research focuses on planning, decision-making, and learning methods for autonomous robotic systems, as well as coordination approaches for distributed multi-robot or swarm systems. I direct the Vehicle Autonomy and Intelligence Lab (VAIL).

Before joining IU, I was a Research Associate in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Southern California since 2015. I also spent two years as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Field Robotics Center of Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. I obtained my PhD from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University.

My CV can be found here.

Recent Activities

  • Talk in CIS-IEEE EnCON Conference
    2017-11: I gave an invited talk on "Environmental Monitoring using Drones" at the 2017 CIS-IEEE EnCON Engineering Conference.

  • Joined Indiana University
    2017-08: I started my assistant professorship in the Intelligent Systems Engineering Department at Indiana University - Bloomington.

  • Southern California Robotics Symposium
    2017-04: A few colleagues and I just finished organizing the second Southern California Robotics Symposium (SCR 2017) which was held on the beautiful campus of USC on April 14, 2017. This year's event has been a big success and we had over 300 attendees. There were 15 speakers, 25 accepted posters, and 16 exhibition booths, from both academia and industry.

  • NSF collaborative proposal funded
    2017-01: An NSF CPS collaborative proposal (with Johns Hopkins) that I partially drafted will be funded. The program is about environmental sensing and monitoring using aquatic vehicles.

  • IROS Paper Awards Nominations
    2016-10: Our paper "An Information-Driven and Disturbance-Aware Planning Method for Long-Term Ocean Monitoring" has been nominated for both "Best Application Paper Award" and "Best Student Paper Award" at this year's IROS.

  • NSF proposal funded
    2016-07: An NSF RI proposal that I drafted has been funded. The program is about the development of decision-making methodologies for marine vehicles under time-varying disturbances caused by ocean currents.

  • 1st SCR Symposium
    2016-04: I just co-organized the inaugural Southern California Robotics Symposium (SCR 2016) that was held in UCSD on 4/22/2016. We achieved a great success, with an amazing line-up of speakers and around 300 participants.

  • IROS Associate Editor
    2016-02: I will be an Associate Editor for the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems in years 2016 (Daejeon, Korea). I served as an AE for IROS 2015 (Hamburg, Germany), and 2014 (Chicago, Illinois).