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PeRL: The Perceptual Robotics Laboratory at the University of Michigan


Ryan M. Eustice is dually appointed as Professor of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering at the University of Michigan and Senior Vice President for Automated Driving at the Toyota Research Institute (TRI).

At UM, Dr. Eustice additionally holds joint appointments in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He is the Director of the Perceptual Robotics Laboratory (PeRL), a mobile robotics laboratory focused on algorithm development in the areas of robotic perception, navigation, and mapping. His active research projects include applications to autonomous underwater ship hull inspection, multi-vehicle cooperative underwater navigation, benthic high-resolution mapping, and automotive active safety and self-driving capabilities.

Prior to joining the University of Michigan in 2006, he was a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Dynamical Systems and Controls Lab at The Johns Hopkins University and holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University (1998) and a Ph.D. in Ocean Engineering from the MIT/WHOI Joint-Program (2005). He is recipient of a NSF CAREER Award and ONR Young Investigator Award, and has been Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Robotics, IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, and IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering. He was a core member of Team IVS in the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge (one of 11 finalist teams), and worked collaboratively with Ford Motor Company for over a decade in self-driving vehicle research as a PI at the University of Michigan prior to joining TRI.