Brooks Reed

Broadly speaking, I am interested in the application of control and optimization techniques to real-world problems: "bringing algorithms to life." Specifically, my work is in the area of multi-vehicle systems and the integration of feedback control and communication design. I enjoy projects that combine system-level thinking with deep technical innovations. I also believe strongly in implementation and experiments---a major component of my research is discovering cutting-edge algorithms with promise and developing them to work in the field.

My love of the ocean has inspired the application of my engineering skills towards ocean science. This is a fascinating and societally relevant field, however, I am open to working in any domain where there is a compelling problem and the opportunity to apply my technical abilities to make an impact.

Research Interests

Dynamics and feedback control, estimation, communication-constrained control, marine robotics, multi-agent systems, experiment design, adaptive sampling, optimization


I work with Prof. Franz Hover's research group in the MIT Dept. of Mechanical Engineering.
I am co-advised by Dr. Dana Yoerger of the Deep Submergence Lab at WHOI.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Woods Hole, MA

PhD, MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Oceanographic Engineering, 2014 (expected)
Thesis: “Integrated Design of Multi-Vehicle Control and Underwater Acoustic Communications”

SM, MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Oceanographic Engineering, 2011
Thesis: “Multiple-Vehicle Resource-Constrained Navigation in the Deep Ocean”
Advisors: Prof. Franz Hover (MIT), Dr. Dana Yoerger (WHOI)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
SB, MIT Mechanical and Ocean Engineering, June 2009

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