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Maani Ghaffari Jadidi joins NAME faculty as Assistant Professor with joint Robotics appointment

The department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering is pleased to welcome Maani Ghaffari Jadidi as Assistant Professor with a joint appointment with the Robotics Institute. | Short Read
IMAGE:  Maani Ghaffari Jadidi, Assistant Professor, Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

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.

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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.

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