We welcome to our group a new Ph.D. student, Thomas Thayer. Thomas joins UC Merced robotics after having obtained his BSs from UC Merced.


Effective July 1, 2016, Stefano Carpin has been promoted to the rank of Full Professor.


These two papers have been accepted for publication at IEEE CASE:

  • S. Liu, S. Carpin, Kinematic Noise Propagation and Grasp Quality Evaluation.
  • D.V. Gealy, S. McKinley, M. Guo, L. Miller, S. Vougioukas, J. Viers, S. Carpin, K. Goldberg, Co-Robotic Device for...

Both papers we submitted to ICRA 2016 have been accepted.

  • "Multi-objective Planning with Multiple High Level Task Specifications", coauthored by Shams Feyzabadi.
  • "Risk Aversion in Finite Markov Decision Processes Using Total Cost Criteria and Average Value at...

Our paper Grasping the performance: Facilitating Replicable Performance Measures via Benchmarking and Standardized Methodologies was just published on the IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine. The paper is co-authored by Joe Falco and Karl Van Vyk at NIST and presents results obtained...


Our special issue on Constrained Decision Making in Robotics appeared in the December 2015 issue of the Autonomous Robots journal.


We welcome Andres Torres Garcia to robotics@UCM. Andres is supported by a UC Mexus-CONACYT doctoral fellowship and will work on our CITRIS grant for robotics in agriculture.


I am serving as associate editor for the newly establishd IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L).


We received a new Husky robot from Clearpath robotics.


CITRIS unveils the new initiative People and Robots for which I am serving in the faculty executive committee.