My primary research is in artificial intelligence for mobile robots as applied to disaster robotics. As my analyses have shown that 50% of the terminal failures in disaster robotics are due to human error, a significant portion of my work is in human-robot interaction. My research uses a field methodology, working with responders and agency stakeholders to determine gaps that lead to the formulation of applied and fundamental research thrusts. We have participated in over 30 disasters, including the 9/11 World Trade Center, Hurricanes Katrina and Harvey, Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident, and the Syrian refugee crisis in Greece, gathering data spanning urban search and rescue, structural inspection, hurricanes, flooding, mudslides, mine disasters, radiological events, volcanic eruptions, and wilderness search and rescue.
IEEE Fellow, ACM Fellow, ACM Eugene L. Lawler Award for Humanitarian Contributions, US Air Force Exemplary Civilian Service Award medal