Duckietown Engineering Co.
John Leonard
Director of Research
Daniela Rus
Chief Executive Officer
Jonathan How
President and Chairman
Advisory board
Emilio Frazzoli
Sertac Karaman
Domitilla Del Vecchio
National Science Foundation,
Information & Intelligent Systems (IIS)

Duckietown is supported by NSF, in the National Robotics Initiative and Robust Intelligence programs.

The Construct

The Construct is a startup company that provides robotics simulations through a web browser. Users can simulate using the most popular simulators (Gazebo, Webots, DRC) without having to install anything. Simulations can be shared between users and they can work at the same time on the same simulation.

Andrea Censi
Chief Technology Officer

Andrea Censi is a Research Scientist and Principal Investigator with the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees (summa cum laude) in control engineering and robotics from Sapienza University and a Ph.D. in Control & Dynamical Systems from Caltech.

Liam Paull
Chief Operating Officer

Liam Paull is a Postdoctoral Associate working on "parallel autonomy" as a technical lead for the CSAIL/Toyota autonomous car project led by Prof. Daniela Rus. Previously he was in John Leonard's Marine Robotics Group where he worked on resource constrained inference and cooperative mapping for autonomous underwater vehicles. He received his B.Sc. in Computer Engineering from McGill University and his Ph. D. from the University of New Brunswick. He is interested in perception and planning for mobile robots, particularly when they are faced with resource limitations. He also views that a robotics system is something that should be studied as a entire entity since many of the subtle and interesting phenomena exist at the borders between the "traditional" categorizations of robotic systems.

Kirsten Bowser
Human Resources

Holding an MSc in Biology, Kirsten Bowser's expertise align more closely with real, as opposed to rubber, duckies. She has significant experience conducting remote field research for long-term ecological studies. She is also competent in next-generation DNA sequencing and environmental barcoding. Her main research interests lie in the interactions between components of an ecosystem, either at larger (marine food webs) or small (gut microbiome) scales. Currently, Kirsten juggles the needs of both her biological and Duckietown-adopted children, which run the gamut from tieing shoes and making lunches to booking CSAIL meeting rooms and editing spreadsheets.

Heejin Ahn
Multi-vehicle Coordination Engineer

Heejin Ahn is a Ph.D. candidiate in Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She received the B.S. degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea in 2012, and the S.M. degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT in 2014. Her research interests include the analysis and control of networked dynamical systems with application to transportation systems.

Javier Alonso-Mora
Multi-vehicle Coordination Engineer

Javier Alonso-Mora is a Postdoctoral Associate at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in robotics from ETH Zurich, Switzerland, and Diploma degrees in mathematics and in industrial engineering, both from the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya. During his Ph.D. he was a joint researcher at Disney Research Zurich. His primary research interest is in motion planning and control of autonomous multi-robot systems.

Luca Carlone

Luca is a postdoctoral associate at the MIT Laboratory for Information & Decision Systems, collaborating with Prof. Sertac Karaman. His research interests include estimation, optimization, and control applied to mobile robotics, with special focus on localization, mapping, and decision making for mobile robots navigation.

Steven Chen

Steven's reseach interests include decentralized control and planning under uncertainty.

Changhyun Choi
Vehicle Perception Engineer

Changhyun Choi is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) working with Prof. Daniela Rus. He obtained a Ph.D. in Robotics at the School of Interactive Computing, College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology. His broad research interests are in Visual Perception for Robotics, with a focus on object recognition and pose estimation, visual tracking, and 3D registration.

Michal Cap
Multi-vehicle Coordination Engineer

Michal Cap is a Fulbright-funded visiting PhD researcher with the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received a bachelors degree from BUT Brno and MSc. degree from Utrecht University. He also currently is pursuing PhD in artificial intelligence at CTU in Prague. Michal is interested in motion planning, multi-robot coordination, and automated transportation in general.

Jeff Dusek
Systems Engineer

Jeff pursued his love for the water and passion for science as an Ocean Engineering student at Florida Atlantic University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is now a Postdoctoral Fellow working in the Self-organizing Systems Research Group at Harvard University under the guidance of Professor Radhika Nagpal. Broadly, his areas of interest are experimental hydrodynamics, sensor development, and biomimetics. In all cases, he strive to apply lessons learned in the lab to real-world problems. Jeff also has a passion for assistive technology and the ability of emerging technologies and materials to improve the lives of those living with a disability.

Alexander (Sasha) Galitsky
Creatives Assistant
Jonathan Garcia-Mallen
User Experience Design

Having previously served as Supply Chain Analyst and Fashion Advisor for Duckietown, Jonathan Garcia-Mallen is now making the experience of using a duckiebot as smooth and fun as possible. He wants robots to do work too boring or dangerous for us humans, as well as to research coordination of multiple machines and perception to make this happen. Currently he is pursuing his S.B. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT.

Daniel Hoehener
Intersection Safety Engineer

Daniel Hoehener received the Ph.D. degree in Applied Mathematics from University Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris in 2013, M.S. degree in Applied Mathematics from Ecole Polytechnique, Paris, in 2010, and the B.S. degree in Mathematics from the University of Fribourg in 2008. He is currently a Postdoctoral Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he is working on various problems related to Cyber-Physical Systems, Optimization and Control.

Lin Jin
International Relations

Lin is a Boston University Ph.D candidate working in the Szostak lab at the Massachusetts General Hospital. She studies the mysteries of the origin of life and her research involves building prebiotic "cells" from scratch. Though she does pure biology and chemistry bench work everyday, in her heart she still feels like an engineer, cherishing her engineering undergrad studies in Tsinghua University. Beyond her lab-born cells, Lin also likes to takes care of duckie babies as they swim across the ocean and build their new towns in other continents.

Elaine Kwan
Inventory Specialist

Elaine is a Lab Assistant for Duckietown.

Shih-Yuan Liu
ROS Master

Shih-Yuan Liu is a postdoctoral associate at the Laboratory for Information & Decision Systems (LIDS) and Aerospace Controls Laboratory (ACL) at MIT. He received his PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering in Controls from University of California, Berkeley in 2014. His research interests include navigation, path-planning, and control of autonomous ground and aerial vehicles in dynamic environments.

Michael "Misha" Novitzky
Social Chair and Engineer of Navigation

Michael "Misha" Novitzky is a postdoctoral associate with the Laboratory for Marine Sensing Systems (LAMSS) at the Massachusetts Institue of Technology. He received his B.A. in Psychology from the Colorado College. After an about face he received an M.S. in Computer Science, an M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Robotics from the Georgia Institue of Technology (Georgia Tech) in 2015. He is broadly interested in multi-robot cooperation and human-robot cooperation within teams.

Jason Pazis

Jason is a postdoctoral associate at the Laboratory for Information & Decision Systems (LIDS) at MIT. He received his PhD degree in Computer Science from Duke University. His interests are at the intersection of machine learning, artificial intelligence, and robotics, with a focus on parameter-free machine learning algorithms that can be used to learn to perform multiple tasks with minimal developer input.

Guy Rosman
Vehicle Perception Engineer

Guy Rosman is a Postdoctoral Associate at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees at the Technion, Israel. During his studies, he worked at IBM HRL, Medicvision, and Invision, among other companies. His primary research interests include a variety of topics in computer vision, mostly around modeling and understanding in visual and 3D sensing and autonomous systems perception.

Jacopo Tani
Vehicle Perception Engineer

Jacopo Tani is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Search for Extra Terrestrial Genomes project of the Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences department at MIT. He received the laurea specialistica degree (cum laude) in space engineering from La Sapienza university in 2009 and the master in space institutions and policies from the Italian Society for International Organization, in 2010, in Rome, Italy, prior to the Ph. D. in aeronautical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, USA, in 2015. His research interests broadly include modeling and control of systems with aerospace applications.

Hsueh-Cheng Nick Wang

Dr. Wang is an assistant professor in the Assistive Robotics Group, Electrical and Computer Engineering at National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan. He was a postdoctoral associate in the Marine Robotics Group (MRG) in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), MIT from 2013 to 2016. Dr. Wang focuses on developing robotic systems to solve real-world problems in direct support of individuals.

Chris Welch
Creative Director

Hailing from Pasadena, CA, Chris Welch is an avid photographer, roboticist, and a coffee connoisseur. As an undergraduate at MIT, Chris maintained an active presence on campus as a member of in Phi Beta Epsilon, a team lead on the Marine Robotics Team, and a counselor for the Freshman Leadership Program, before earning his Bachelors in Mechanical and Ocean Engineering and a minor in Energy Studies in 2013. He has ample experience working with Autonomous Underwater Vehicles and has worked within Chevron's Energy Technology Company on their Metocean team, Anchors/Moorings/Risers Team, and Subsea Survey/Positioning team. Chris is continuing his career at MIT as a graduate student in the field of Applied Ocean Sciences and Engineering within the MIT-WHOI Joint Program, having recently earned his Masters based on research in autonomous navigation and manipulation of offshore structures. However, when Chris isn't researching, he continues to maintain a strong photography and videography presence around campus.

Dmitry Yershov
Systems & Electronics Engineer

Dmitry is a Postdoctoral Associate in the ARES group, Laboratory for Information and Decission Systems (LIDS) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research interests include: robotics, numerical approximations in optimal control, optimal feedback planning, sensing and inference, and information space planning.

Hang Zhao
Vehicle Perception Engineer

Hang Zhao is a third-year PhD student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He received his B.S degree in information engineering from Zhejiang University, and M.S in mechanical engineering from MIT. His research interests include computer vision, deep learning and visual robotics. He is super excited to be an vehicle engineer for Duckietown!

Igor Franzoni
Lab Assistant

Igor is one of Duckietown's lab assistants.

Quang Le
Soldering Expert

Quang is a Duckietown UROP

Chandan Sharma Subedi
Master of Traffic Lights

Chandan is an undergraduate senior in Mechanical Engineering department at MIT. He is interested in Robotics and Control.

Erica Waller
Duckietown Urban Planner
Special Operations
Greta Paull
Junior Tester

Greta is the leading 5-year-old expert on Duckiebots and gives animated lectures about their functionality to her colleagues. Her love for technology started from an early age and now she routinely builds her own laptops from paper and masking tape. Her favorite book is the Duckietown class textbook, Make Way for Ducklings and when she is not studying she divides her time equally among playing zoo, making mystery soup, and taking care of her pet worm. In the future, she hopes to attend Grade 1.

Ingrid Paull
Junior Tester/Singer Songwriter

Ingrid joined the Duckietown team after composing an award winning song, Duckiebots don't cry. She is passionate about songwriting, singing, and dancing, particulary when not wearing any pants. She has a strong affinity for duckies and creates dramatic re-enactments with them during the day and at bathtime. Ingrid's talents include falling off her chair at the dinner table, being "a little bit cute and a little bit naughty", and riding her scooter.

Valeria Cagnina
Senior Tester

Valeria is a 15 year old robotics enthusiast, who is following the Duckietown class remotely from Italy. She was speaker in TEDxMilanoWomen and open the Maker Faire Rome. She built a robot using Skype with another teen that live 800 km from she that arrived in the final of RomeCup. She's co-Champion of Coderdojo Alessandria and build her first robot using ArduinoUNO at 11 y/o following YouTube video. Her hobbies include rhythmic gymnastics which she started at 3 years old and now teaches to small children, origami, painting, and travel around the world. When she grows up she plans to become robotics engineer and create her own startup for help other people with robotics.

Duckietown Engineering Training Program
Ari Onasafari Anders
Vehicle Autonomy Engineering in training
Brandon Araki
Vehicle Autonomy Engineering in training
Amado Antonini
Vehicle Autonomy Engineer in training
Noam Buckman
Vehicle Autonomy Engineer in training
Victoria Dean
Vehicle Autonomy Engineer in training
Nickolas Demas
Vehicle Autonomy Engineering in training
Michael Everett
Vehicle Autonomy Engineering in training
Alexandre Girard
Vehicle Autonomy Engineering in training
Erlend Solbakk Harbitz
Vehicle Autonomy Engineering in training
Robert Katzschmann
Vehicle Autonomy Engineer in training
Catherine Liu
Vehicle Autonomy Engineering in training
Bethany LaPenta
Vehicle Autonomy Engineering in training
Joseph Leavitt
Vehicle Autonomy Engineering in training
Qiuying Lai
Vehicle Autonomy Engineer in training
Mrinal Mohit
Vehicle Autonomy Engineering in training
Teddy Ort
Vehicle Autonomy Engineer in training
Samuel Cerqueira Pinto
Vehicle Autonomy Engineering in training
Jenny Shen
Vehicle Autonomy Engineer in training
Tristan Swedish
Vehicle Autonomy Engineering in training
Hans Susilo
Vehicle Autonomy Engineer in training
Andrea Tacchetti
Vehicle Autonomy Engineering in training
Wyatt Ubellacker
Vehicle Autonomy Engineering in training
Valerio Varricchio
Vehicle Autonomy Engineering in training
(Plus other 3 people who have not yet added their bio in our DB.)

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