Scholarship Focus Areas and Research Labs
The Human Experience & Agent Teamwork lab creates new techniques for human-robot teaming—the flexible navigation and coordination of complex, inter-related activities in shared spaces. Current projects include human-robot trust and planning fluid human-robot interactions.
The Lab for Autonomous and Intelligent Robotics focuses on multi-robot systems and their applications in the field. Current topics include shark tracking, shipwreck detection and mapping, multi-robot population tracking and pollution mapping.
The C Clear lab researches the chemistry of air pollution and its effect on climate change. Current projects include ambient measurement of LA air pollution in real time, simulation of brown carbon compounds and their atmospheric changes and mapping local particulate matter with mobile sensors.
The Donnelly laser physics lab studies the interaction of high-intensity laser light with novel microstuctured targets. Topics include laser-driven nuclear fusion and the heating mechanisms which allow laser energy to be absorbed on short timescales by solid-density materials.
The Physics of Soft Matter Lab studies the physical principles of soft material deformation. Current projects include green technologies that use soft materials to address our environmental footprint, such as water-processible polymers and the elastodynamics of mechanical batteries.
The Bee Lab studies how groups of animals evolve to coordinate behavior. Using mathematical models, agent-based simulation, computer vision and lab and field experiments with bees and ants, the lab explores how communication shapes collective behavior.