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

  • 2020-05: One Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS) paper was accepted.

  • 2020-05: We received grant from U.S. Army Research Lab for research on vehicle autonomy.

  • 2020-04: We received Amazon AWS Machine Learning Research Award.

  • 2020-01: I gave a webinar on autonomous water resource monitoring to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

  • 2019-12: Chaired a session and presented a paper at CDC in Nice, France.

  • 2019-12: I gave an invited talk on robotics plannning at IUPUI.

  • 2019-11: Invited talk at this year's IROS workshop on Informed Scientific Sampling in Large-scale Outdoor Environments.

  • 2019-10: VAIL moves to a new lab space newly built at MESH. It includes both a flight arena and a mini-pool for testing various robotic platforms.

  • 2019-09: I helped organize the Indiana National Lab Day one-day workshop at Indianapolis. I also gave a short talk.

  • 2019-08: Will serve as an Associate Editor for International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA).

  • 2019-06: I chaired a session at this year's RSS, and presented two papers.

  • 2019-06: Gave an invited lecture on autonomous vehicles and robots at award-wining Mini University, with more than 60 senior citizen students.

  • 2019-05: Two Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS) papers were accepted.

  • 2018-11: I gave a lecture on self-driving vehicles to IU Continuing Studies where my "students" were all senior people.

  • 2018-08: Four PhD students joined VAIL. Welcome!

  • 2018-07: VAIL gave lab tours and demos to two summer camps: Engineering Tomorrow Summer Camp and WonderCamp.

  • 2018-06: Vehicle Autonomy and Intelligence Lab (VAIL) at IU is established!

  • 2018-05: Three Master students that I supervised at USC graduated. Shouhbik went to Nvidia Robotics group; Yezhen joined AutoX self-driving car startup; and Chen went to MicroSoft NLP group. Congratulations to all!

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

  • 2017-08: I started my assistant professorship in the School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering at Indiana University - Bloomington.

  • 2017-05: Two Master students graduated. Kai-Chieh went to Brain Corp and Zhibei went to TuSimple; both work on self-driving vehicles. Congratulations to both!

  • 2017-04: A few colleagues and I just finished organizing the second Southern California Robotics Symposium (SCR 2017) which was held on the campus of USC. The event was 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.

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