Daniel J. Klein 
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¬ About Me

I am a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). My advisor is Prof. Joao Hespanha, and my research is affiliated with the Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies (ICB) and the Center for Control, Dynamical-systems, and Computation (CCDC). My research interests include robotics, multi-robot coordination, distributed state estimation, computer vision, and "artificial intelligence" in general.

In 2008, I received a Ph.D in Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics from the University of Washington. I worked in the Non-linear Dynamics and Control lab with Prof. Kristi Morgansen.

Previously, I studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin, and earned a B.S. degree with Honors in Research in 2003. While there, I worked on several research projects relating to robotics and computer vision.

 
¬ Research Objectives

· To analyze and control the emergent behavior of distributed multi-agent systems.

· To merge ideas from computer science, biology, and info. theory into control theory.

· To create tools for distributed state estimation when inter-agent communication is limited.

· To develop advanced multi-sensor computer vision systems for multi-body tracking.

· To formulate mathematical models of schooling/swarming/flocking in nature.

More details about the research I have conducted can be found on the research page.
 
¬ What's New?

· As always, please see the publications page for my latest papers and presentations.

· Dec 9-11, 2008: I will be attending the 47th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control in Cancun, Mexico.

· Dec 1-4, 2008: I will be attending the 26th Army Science Conference in Orlando, FL.

· Nov. 7th, 2008: I presented at the 16th Southern California Nonlinear Control Workshop at UC, San Diego. The title of my talk was, "On Controlled Sinusoidal Phase Coupling."

· Oct. 1st, 2008: Today was my first day at UCSB.

· Sept 26th, 2008: I passed my final Ph.D exam! WaHoo!

· June 11-13th, 2008: I attended the ACC in Seattle, WA.

· June 8th, 2008: Hello Slashdot, ZDNet, Science Daily, Live Science, ABC News.

· June 6th, '08: The robotic fish was featured on King5 news today! Watch the coverage. We also made UWeek, the weekly university news. See also here and here.

· Upcoming on July 19th, '08: I will be presenting at the monthly Seattle Robotics Society meeting along with Prof. Morgansen.

· May '08: I am the first author of an article in the May 2008 issue of IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications (J-SAC). [Link]

· April '08: Engineering Open House was a huge success this year! Unlike previous years, I decided to setup the computer vision system in the outdoor pool so that a fish robot could do fully autonomous 3D waypoint guidance. Despite many confusing image artifacts caused by the uneven water surface, the four-camera particle-filtering system was able to track the fish robot perfectly. (It was worth not sleeping for a week to see the final result!) Here is a brief movie.

· March '08: We demonstrated sinusoidal heading control using three underwater fish robots. The results were presented by Kristi Morgansen (my adviser) at the Second IFAC Workshop on Navigation, Guidance and Control of Underwater Vehicles in Killaloe, Ireland. [Link]

· Oct '07: The paper I co-authored with Jon Ko, Dieter Fox, and Dirk Haehnel has won the Best Student Paper Award at IROS '07. [Link]

· Oct '07: I just returned from Robocomm 2007 in Athens, Greece. The conference was fun and Judy and I had five days to tour the Greek countryside afterwards. If you're interested: paper, slides, pics.

· Sept '07: My internship with Intel Research - Seattle is complete, however I am still working with them. As part of my internship, I developed an attitude estimator for their embedded computer. You can watch a movie, if you like.

· July '07: General Exam - done! The way too long title of the proposed work was, "Multi-Sensor Target Tracking and Second-Level State Estimation for Cooperative Distributed Systems with Limited Communication." Download either the presentation (available soon) or the proposal.

· I have started a wiki for the lab. For those in Prof. Morgansen's Nonlinear Dynamics and Control Lab, you can access the wiki here.

 
¬ Contact Information

Email is the best way to contact me ( djklein[at]ece[dot]ucsb[dot]edu ). Otherwise, I can be reached weekdays at the following address.

Room 5152, Harold Frank Hall
Dept. of Electrical & Computer Eng.
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9560 USA
(no phone number yet)