Ross Finman

PhD candidate
32 Vassar St
Rm 32-230
Cambridge, MA 02139

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I am currently a PhD student in the Marine Robotics Group headed by Prof. John Leonard at MIT. My research focuses on constructing and utilizing dense RGB-D maps. Much work has been done on RGB and Depth frames, but only recently has RGB-D mapping advanced to be a rich data domain in which to do robotic perception. I am researching how using 3-D mapping techniques can improve results over traditional camera data, specifically with regard to objects. My work has spanned both 2-D and 3-D object segmentation and tracking, as well as object discovery and detection. The goal of my work is for robots to learn about the objects in their environments with limited to no human assistance.

I originally came from Idaho and started hacking robots when I was 10 years old and have not stopped since. Before coming to MIT, I did my B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University working with Prof. Red Whittaker and Prof. David Wettergreen. I have worked in start ups, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and SpaceX.