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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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Sticking the landing on Mars: High-powered computing aims to reduce guesswork

As the Mars 2020 launch approaches, a separate effort is using simulations to understand landing dynamics for tomorrow's missions. | Medium Read