I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University concentrating in robotics in the Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics. I am a member Dynamical Systems and Control Laboratory under the direction of Louis Whitcomb, and I also collaborate with Gregory Hager and Peter Kazanzides in the Computer Science Department. I'm an active member of the ROS community and a contributor to several open-source projects.
In 2009, I received my BSE in Mechanical Engineering and MSE in Robotics from the University of Pennsylvania, where I worked in the GRASP Laboratory with Daniel D. Lee, Katherine Kuchenbecker, and Maxim Likhachev.
For an up-to-date version of my education and experience, see my LinkedIn profile.
I have recently spent three months, June through August 2012, collaborating with Darius Burschka and Sami Haddadin in Munich, Germany, at DLR, the German Aerospace Center. I am currently developing semi-autonomous telerobotic architecutres for on-orbit satellite servicing and assembly.
I have just began work in collaboration with the NASA Satellite Servicing Capabilities Office (SSCO) under the 2012 NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship (NSTRF), and continuing the work that I began this past summer on semi-autonomous telerobotic architecutres for on-orbit satellite servicing and assembly.
I study semi-autonomous telerobotic systems for time-delayed connections and low-precision interfaces. These systems take advantage of the benefits of state-of-the-art perception and motion planning systems from the autonomous mobile manipulation community in order to augment the capabilities of a human teleoperator to perform a given manipulation task faster and with fewer errors.
My past work involves both small and large-scale projects including, but not limited to: haptic interfaces, telerobotic control, sensing & perception for autonomous field robotics, and task planning & control for autonomous personal robotics.
I'll elaborate more on these later, but for now, here are some pictures of projects I've worked on. Research doesn't occur in a vacuum, and I don't claim to be sole designer / developer of the following projects.
Outside the Lab
When I'm not working, I practice Aikido in the JHU Aikido Club. I also love urban photography. When I find myself near warm water, I love to surf, open-water kayak, and SCUBA dive. If I'm at the base of a mountain, I'm up for hiking it.
The best way to reach me is via e-mail: jbo at jhu dot edu.
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