I am an Assistant Professor in Computer Science at the University of Toronto and a Research Scientist (part-time) at the Toyota Research Institute (TRI). Prior to that, I was a Research Scientist at MIT where I was part of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab working with Sertac Karaman and Daniela Rus.
I joined MIT from the Autonomous Systems Lab of ETH Zurich where I worked with Roland Siegwart on robotic perception, particularly localization and mapping. I obtained my PhD degree in computer science working on nonlinear estimation at the Intelligent Sensor-Actuator-Systems Lab of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. It was supervised by Uwe Hanebeck and Simon Julier (co-supervisor).
Early on, I was fascinated by the laws that govern uncertainty and their applications, which was my focus while studying Mathematics (Major) and Computer Science (Minor) at the University of Stuttgart. My work aims at enabling robust interactive autonomy for robotics by developing novel perception and decision making methods for challenging dynamic environments.
The Toyota-CSAIL Joint Research Center is aimed at furthering the development of autonomous vehicle technologies.
The goal of ETH’s Voliro focus project was building a new hexacopter with unprecedented maneuverability.
I have been involved in different aspects of student supervision and teaching. Major teaching activities involve the following lectures
Artificial Intelligence for Robotics (Lecturer, ETH)
Stochastic Information Processing (Assistant, KIT)
Furthermore, I was working as student tutor while studying mathematics responsible for holding exercise courses and correcting homework exercises and tests for the lectures