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- MS in Computer Science, Northeastern University
- BS in Software Engineering, Florida Institute of Technology
- Hometown: Dayton, Ohio
- Field of Study: Computer Science
- PhD Advisor: Robert Platt
Marcus Gualtieri is a PhD student in the Computer Science program at Northeastern University’s Khoury College of Computer Sciences, advised by Professor Robert Platt. He focuses on robotics. Marcus earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Software Engineering at the Florida Institute of Technology.
What are the specifics of your graduate education (thus far)?
I am currently pursuing a PhD in computer science with a specialization in robotics.
What are your research interests?
At the moment, I am interested in motion planning with information-gathering objectives. In particular, our lab is exploring ways to autonomously move a sensor around, collecting the information necessary to perform reliable grasping and manipulation tasks.
What’s one problem you’d like to solve with your research/work?
Ultimately, our lab hopes to achieve robots grasping and using objects reliably in unstructured environments, such as a cluttered household. This information-gathering project is a key component of that, where the robot will know how to see what it needs to perform the task.
What aspect of what you do is most interesting?
I am excited when the robot works correctly, and I understand what it is doing; it’s as if a tiny bit of how the world works is revealed.
What are your research or career goals, going forward?
I would like to continue working on a research robot for the foreseeable future; studying robots and trying out new ideas is a lot of fun!