I completed my Ph.D. in
computer science at
UC Santa Cruz in December 2014.
I worked with
Dr. Gabriel Elkaim in the
Systems Lab, which studies issues of control in automated
systems. Drs. Renwick Curry and Alex Pang also served on my
Broadly, my research focused on autonomous systems
operating in uncertain environments, i.e., ones they have not
be fully programmed for. This involves many different issues,
including learning, attention, and decision making. At the
moment, I am specifically working on developing systems that
are capable of successful long-term autonomy, which
includes navigation, event identification, and goal formation.
Currently, I am a researcher at Smart Information Flow
Technology (SIFT). In my
time here I have been involved with research broadly focused
on using automation to enhance how humans interact with
computational systems. This has involved designing tools
to enhance the results from sensor processing and ATR
(automated target recognition) systems, to streamline the
process of evaluating human/robot team performance,
and to use signal processing techniques to allow a
system to estimate a user's cognitive workload based on
its interactions with the user.
My current research is exploring how to use cheap,
off-the-shelf technology to use EEG/ECG/EMG data to
estimate a user's cognitive state in real time. The
tool I am building as a proof of concept will allow a
user to use EEG to control a quad copter.
You can find information such as my resume and CV
at here .
In a previous life, I was an Assistant Professor of
Psychology and Computer Science at
Carthage College in
Kenosha, Wisconsin. I have a Ph.D. in
Carnegie Mellon University
where I worked with Herbert A. Simon
Ken Kotovsky. My focus was in cognitive processes,
specifically in examining how information was organized in