Kevin Doherty

I'm a first-year graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the AeroAstro department, as part of the MIT/WHOI Joint Program.

I am a member of the Marine Robotics Group in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL), where I'm advised by John Leonard.

My research lies at the intersection of machine learning and autonomous robotic navigation. I'm particularly interested in two sorts of problems: achieving robust machine learning on robotic systems to the benefit of navigation tasks, and applying constraints imposed by the physical environment to aid in learning on robots. My research is funded in part by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

Previously I have worked on distributed learning algorithms for underwater exploration with application to biological surveying tasks. Before that, I was an undergraduate student at Stevens Institute of Technology where I did research on robot mapping in the Robust Field Autonomy Lab under Brendan Englot.

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Recently, some friends in the MIT Graduate Program in Science Writing put together a documentary that covered some of the underwater exploration research my colleagues in the MIT/WHOI Joint Program and I have done.

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