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 summer of 2015 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

A great passion of mine is to enable robots to perform tasks while making the most of whatever sensor modalities are available to them. In particular, I am interested in haptic perception—facilitating the sense of touch in robots. My research investigates how model-based belief dynamics can create perceptual behaviors.