Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
areas of expertise: robotics, human-robot interaction, autonomous robotics for mobility and manipulation, situational awareness through sensing and inference, location-based infrastructure and applications, assistive technology for health care
Seth Teller earned a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1992. His focus was on accelerated rendering of complex architectural environments. After postdoctoral fellowships at the Computer Science Institute of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Institute of Computer Science and Princeton University's Computer Science Department, Teller joined MIT's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in the Lab for Computer Science and the Artificial Intelligence Lab in 1994. (In 2004, the two labs merged into CSAIL, MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.)
At CSAIL, Teller heads the Robotics, Vision, and Sensor Networks group (RVSN), where his research focuses on enabling machines to become aware of their surroundings and interact naturally with people. Some of his lab's recent projects include: hand-held and body-worn devices that provide navigation assistance indoors; a voice-commandable robotic wheelchair; a self-driving Land Rover; and an unmanned outdoor forklift commanded through speech and gestures.
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