This page describes values I esteem as a researcher and as a mentor or advisor (and which I hope to live up to).

  • Kind and constructive feedback: Constructive feedback describes how a person can improve their self or something they have created or reinforces what they have done well. Kind feedback seeks encourage the recipient and to mitigate harm. These two are not mutually exclusive.

  • Empathetic mentorship: I seek to understand the goals and needs of the people I advise or mentor. I realize that my peers and students have varied goals and values that are distinct from my own. While I often have personal or external goals in mind, I work to find alignment toward those I am working with.

  • Inclusion: I seek to provide a welcoming environment to students of any nationality, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or religion. This is an active process involving how I interact with potential peers or collaborators and how I inspect my own biases.

  • Collaboration: I am open to collaboration and value transparent communication. Although much of my work has been completed on an individual basis, even my most solitary works have benefitted greatly from influence by peers working on related topics. I value contributions from peers with different backgrounds and from other subject areas, and I am excited to make my work increasingly collaborative.

  • Societal impact: Topics in robotics and specifically aerial robotics and active perception are subject to a variety ethical and societal challenges e.g. person or object tracking is central to many aerial robotics applications, but developing these technologies could contribute, for example, to realization of pervasive surveillance systems. The contributions of my research may have capacity to help or to harm, and the realization of these impacts will depend on how methods are shared and applied and on the surrounding legal, policy, and societal environments.

    In my work, this arises in how I address applications areas. I am excited by how micro-aerial vehicles (MAVs) have yielded positive impact in the form of development of a vibrant hobbyist community that is steadily transforming cinematography. I hope to partner with and reinforce this community as I develop robots for aerial videography. Likewise, if I continue research related to search and rescue or subterranean exploration, I will seek to emulate roboticists such as Robin Murphy by working closely with search and rescue teams or speleological societies.