Jonathan Kelly is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies, and the director of the Space & Terrestrial Autonomous Robotic Systems (STARS) Laboratory. Before joining the University of Toronto, he was a Postdoctoral Associate in the Robust Robotics Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, working with Prof. Nick Roy. Jonathan completed his Ph.D. in the Robotic Embedded Systems Laboratory at the University of Southern California, under the supervision of Prof. Gaurav Sukhatme.
Jonathan's research is focussed on developing robust, multisensor algorithms that enable safe, long-term operation in challenging environments — for example, on road networks, underground, underwater, in space, and on remote planetary surfaces. His goal is to create highly independent autonomous robots for a wide range of tasks, from exploring the surface of Mars to helping with eldercare here on Earth. A central concept in his work is the notion of introspection and internal model maintenance: successful long-term autonomy will require robotic systems to maintain accurate representations both of the external world and of the state of their own sensors and actuators over time. More generally, he is interested in 3D computer vision, probabilistic modelling, estimation theory, and machine learning.
The photo at the upper right was taken near the summit of Mount Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, in October 2010.
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