Michael William Lanighan


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I am a PhD candidate in the College of Information and Computer Sciences at UMass Amherst where I am a member of the Laboratory for Perceptual Robotics (LPR) advised by Rod Grupen. During the summers of 2015 and 2016 I was at TRACLabs in Houston, Texas developing software for the NASA-GM Robonaut 2 and for a flexible manufacturing project. Before I came to UMass I was at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY, where I did my bachelors in Computer Science and Physics. If you are interested, you can check out my CV.

Research Interests

My research goal is to enable robust, autonomous robots. My research focuses on developing belief-space planning techniques that enable robots to overcome situational uncertainty. By focusing on salient subsets of state information and mitigating risk, these techniques lead to robust systems that require less frequent human intervention.