Ghaffari received his Ph.D. degree from the Centre for Autonomous Systems (CAS), University of Technology Sydney, in 2017. He was previously an Assistant Research Scientist at the U-M Robotics Institute and Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. His research interests include applied mathematics, robotic perception, machine learning, and planning under uncertainty with applications in robotics and autonomous systems.
Department Chair, Jing Sun is very excited to have Maani join us in the Fall Term.
“This is our second joint hire with the Robotics Institute in the past two years. Marine autonomous systems and robotics is a high priority area identified in the NAME’s strategic plan. Maani will bring his expertise in computer vision, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and marine robotics, solidifying the NAME’s position as the leader in the marine aspects of robotics research.”
Of the appointment, Jadidi says, “NAME has a large impact on robotics research and specifically field robotics and autonomy at the University of Michigan and I’m delighted to be part of this effort. I look forward to working with our students and faculty in the coming years.