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Assistant Professor Matthew Johnson-Roberson receives Henry Russel Award

Johnson-Roberson is one of four UM faculty members selected to receive a Henry Russel Award for 2019. The Award is one of the university’s highest honors for junior faculty members.| Short Read
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Johnson-Roberson, considered the top underwater roboticist of his generation of researchers, joined the university in 2013. He is a world leader in the development of marine robotic systems that can operate in challenging environments and deploy underwater mapping technologies that acquire and assemble massive amounts of data to provide large-scale, 3-D, color-corrected images.

He is co-director of U-M’s Ford Center for Autonomous Vehicles, where he leads multidisciplinary teams that are researching perception, control and planning for self-driving cars and developing algorithms, mathematical models and technologies for object detection and imagery needed for safe autonomous vehicles.

Johnson-Roberson’s awards include the National Science Foundation Early Career Development Program Award. He directs and supports two research labs, has advised 24 master’s students and is the adviser and mentor for two postdoctoral fellows and 13 Ph.D. students.

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The electrons absorb laser light and set up “momentum combs” (the hills) spanning the energy valleys within the material (the red line). When the electrons have an energy allowed by the quantum mechanical structure of the material—and also touch the edge of the valley—they emit light. This is why some teeth of the combs are bright and some are dark. By measuring the emitted light and precisely locating its source, the research mapped out the energy valleys in a 2D crystal of tungsten diselenide. Credit: Markus Borsch, Quantum Science Theory Lab, University of Michigan.

Mapping quantum structures with light to unlock their capabilities

Rather than installing new “2D” semiconductors in devices to see what they can do, this new method puts them through their paces with lasers and light detectors. | Medium Read