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Interactive Robotics Laboratory
Yu Gu, Professor

Jared Strader

Postdoctoral Associate
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

My name is Jared Strader, and I am currently a Postdoctoral Associate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I received a B.S. in Mathematics from Evangel University and B.S./M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from West Virginia University. I was working as a graduate research assistant in the Interactive Robotics Laboratory (IRL) until Fall 2021 when I received my Ph.D. in Aerospace in Engineering at West Virginia University. At IRL, I led the development of perception for Cataglyphis, which was the only robot to win the NASA Centennial Sample Return Robot Challenge. I also led the development of perception systems for a robotic pollinator, BrambleBee, and algorithms for cooperative UAV navigation in GPS denied environments. My research primarily lies in the intersection of perception, estimation, and planning/decision making under uncertainty for robotic systems. Outside of academics, I was previously a member of Drum Corps including Southwind, Spirit of Atlanta, and Phantom Regiment where I played snare. I also enjoy racquetball, mountain biking, and spending time with my wife and kid.

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Research Interests

  • Robotic Perception
  • Planning Under Uncertainty
  • Sensor Fusion
  • Visual Navigation