Charles Bergan
Vice President of Engineering
Qualcomm, Inc.

Charles leads the software department and oversees robotics for Qualcomm Research. Qualcomm Research invents breakthrough technologies that enhance Qualcomm’s portfolio of market-leading wireless products. While at Qualcomm, he has been involved in the research and development of CDMA, UMTS, UMB and LTE. Previously, he led the software development team at Ensemble Communications, a start-up company which was one of the leading developers of LMDS point-to-multipoint wireless backhaul systems. Charles has a B.S. in Computer Engineering, and an M.S. in Computer Science, both from the University of California, San Diego.

Martin Buehler
Executive R&D Imagineer
Walt Disney Imagineering

Martin is an Executive R&D Imagineer with Walt Disney Imagineering, where he leads robotics and A.I. His passion is to translate new technologies into transformative new systems, capabilities and experiences that improve people’s lives. After an academic career in robotics at McGill University from 1991 to 2003, he has worked on robotics in industry at several companies, advancing consumer, defense, surgical, logistics and entertainment robotics. Martin is best known for breakthroughs in legged robots like BigDog and RHex. He holds several patents, served on the editorial boards of the top three robotics journals, is an IEEE Fellow and holds the prestigious Robotics Industry Association’s Engelberger Award for Technology.

Francesco Bullo
Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Francesco Bullo is a Professor with the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He received the Laurea degree "summa cum laude" in Electrical Engineering from the University of Padova, Italy, in 1994, and the Ph.D. degree in Control and Dynamical Systems from the California Institute of Technology in 1999. From 1998 to 2004, he was an Assistant Professor with the Coordinated Science Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Joel W. Burdick
Richard L. and Dorothy M. Hayman Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Bioengineering
Jet Propulsion Laboratory Research Scientist

Professor Burdick focuses on robotics, kinematics, mechanical systems and control. Active research areas include: robotic locomotion, sensor-based motion planning algorithms, multi-fingered robotic manipulation, applied nonlinear control theory, neural prosthetics, and medical applications of robotics.

Katie Byl
Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Katie Byl received her S.B., S.M., and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT and is currently an associate professor in the ECE Department at UC Santa Barbara. Her research is in dynamic systems and control, with particular interest in bio-inspired robot locomotion and manipulation in real-world environments. Katie has worked on a wide range of research topics in the control of dynamic systems, including magnetic bearing control, flapping-wing microrobotics, piezoelectic noise cancellation for aircraft, and vibration isolation for LIGO's gravity wave detection, and she was once a professional gambler on the now-infamous MIT Blackjack Team. She is the recipient of a Sloan Research Fellowship in Neuroscience (2011), a Hellman Faculty Fellowship (2012), and an NSF CAREER Award (2013), and she was a co-PI on the 5th place team (RoboSimian) in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (2015).

Jay Farrell
Professor and Department Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Prof. Farrell’s research is focused on developing advanced navigation, control, and planning methods to enable new capabilities for autonomous vehicles. His preference is for every article and student thesis to contain both rigorous theoretical analysis and experimental demonstration of performance. He has research interests in the following directions:Aided inertial navigation for highway applications, Self-Organizing Approximation Based Control, Online Planning and System Performance Optimization.

Yoshiaki Kuwata
Senior GNC Engineer

Yoshiaki Kuwata is a Senior Guidance, Navigation, and Control Engineer at SpaceX, where he develops the entry and landing algorithms for the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket. Prior to joining SpaceX, he was a Technologist at JPL (2008-2012) and a Postdoctoral Associate at MIT (2007), developing and field-testing the planning and control systems of various types of autonomous vehicles, including fixed-wing aircraft, quadrotors, SUVs, planetary rovers, and sea surface vehicles.He has received his Ph.D. and S.M. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT and B.Eng. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the University of Tokyo, Japan.

Sonia Martinez
Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Sonia Martínez is a Professor at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the UC San Diego. She received her Ph.D. degree in Engineering Mathematics from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain, in May 2002. Following a year as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics at the Technical University of Catalonia, Spain, she obtained a Postdoctoral Fulbright Fellowship and held appointments at the Coordinated Science Laboratory of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign during 2004, and at the Center for Control, Dynamical systems and Computation (CCDC) of the University of California, Santa Barbara during 2005. From January 2006 to June 2010, she was an Assistant Professor with the department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of California, San Diego. From July 2010 to June 2014, she was an Associate Professor with the department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of California, San Diego

Larry Matthies
Group Supervisor, Senior Research Scientist

Larry Matthies is a Senior Research Scientist at JPL and is the Supervisor of the Computer Vision Group (3474) in the Mobility and Robotic Systems Section. His also an Adjunct Professor in Computer Science at the University of Southern California and is a member of the editorial boards for the Autonomous Robots journal and the Journal of Field Robotics. His research interests are primarily in computer vision for autonomous navigation of unmanned ground, air, and space vehicles; his group also works on vision for robot manipulation, semantic scene understanding, and interpreting human activities.

Mario E. Munich
Senior Vice President of Technology

Mario E. Munich is Senior Vice President of Technology at iRobot Corp. where he manages the research and technology development efforts. He received the degree of Electronic Engineer (with honors) from the National University of Rosario, Argentina and the M.S. and the Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena. His PhD work focused in developing novel Human-Machine Interfaces using video technology and computer vision techniques. He previously worked at Evolution Robotics where he developed object recognition, and navigation and mapping algorithms for consumer robotics. His research interests include computer vision, sensors for robots, autonomous navigation, and human-robotic interaction.

Veronica Santos
Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Veronica J. Santos is an Associate Professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at the University of California, Los Angeles, and Director of the UCLA Biomechatronics Lab (http://BiomechatronicsLab.ucla.edu). Dr. Santos received her B.S. in mechanical engineering with a music minor from the University of California at Berkeley (1999), was a Quality and R&D Engineer at Guidant Corporation, and received her M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering with a biometry minor from Cornell University (2007). While a postdoc at the University of Southern California, she contributed to the development of a biomimetic tactile sensor for prosthetic hands. From 2008 to 2014, Dr. Santos was an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Program at Arizona State University. Her research interests include human hand biomechanics, human-machine systems, haptics, tactile sensors, machine perception, prosthetics, and robotics for grasp and manipulation. Dr. Santos was selected for an NSF CAREER Award (2010), two ASU Engineering Top 5% Teaching Awards (2012, 2013), an ASU Young Investigator Award (2014), and as an NAE Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium participant (2010). She currently serves as an Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics.

Stefano Soatto
Professor of Computer Science

Professor Soatto received his Ph.D. in Control and Dynamical Systems from the California Institute of Technology in 1996; he joined UCLA in 2000 after being Assistant and then Associate Professor of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering at Washington University, and Research Associate in Applied Sciences at Harvard University. Between 1995 and 1998 he was also Ricercatore in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Udine - Italy. He received his D.Ing. degree (highest honors) from the University of Padova- Italy in 1992.

Adrian Stoica
Group Supervisor, Senior Research Scientist

Adrian has thirty years of R&D experience in autonomous systems, developing novel adaptive, learning and evolvable hardware techniques and embedding them into electronics and intelligent information systems, for applications ranging from measurement equipment to space avionics to robotics. He has done pioneering work in humanoid robot learning by imitation, hardware security including anti-tamper, brain-computer interfaces including multi-brain fusion for joint decision making, shadow biometrics, shape-changing robots, human-oriented robotics.

Gaurav S. Sukhatme
Dean's Professor and Chairman of Computer Science

Gaurav S. Sukhatme is a Professor of Computer Science (joint appointment in Electrical Engineering) at the University of Southern California (USC). He is the co-director of the USC Robotics Research Laboratory and the director of the USC Robotic Embedded Systems Laboratory which he founded in 2000. His research interests are in multi-robot systems and sensor/actuator networks. Sukhatme has served as PI on numerous NSF, DARPA and NASA grants. He is a Co-PI on the Center for Embedded Networked Sensing (CENS), an NSF Science and Technology Center. He is a fellow of the IEEE and a recipient of the NSF CAREER award and the Okawa foundation research award. He is one of the founders of the Robotics: Science and Systems conference. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Autonomous Robots and has served as Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation, the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, and on the editorial board of IEEE Pervasive Computing.

Michael Tolley
Asst Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Michael T. Tolley is assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, and director of the Bioinspired Robotics and Design Lab at the Jacobs School of Engineering, UC San Diego (bioinspired.eng.ucsd.edu). Before joining the mechanical engineering faculty at UCSD in the fall of 2014, he was a postdoctoral fellow and research associate at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University. He received the Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering with a minor in computer science from Cornell University in 2009 and 2011, respectively. He received the B. Eng. degree in mechanical engineering from McGill University in Montreal in 2005. His research interests include biologically inspired robotics and design, origami-inspired fabrication, self-assembly, and soft robotics.