Elaheh Ahmadi

Elaheh  Ahmadi
MIT EECS Undergraduate Research and Innovation Scholar
Advisor: Luca Carlone
Department: EECS
Areas of Research: Robotics
Years: 2019-2020
Research Project Title:

Fast 3D Mapping of Underground Worlds

abstract:This year's DARPA challenge is focused on rapidly mapping, navigating, and searching an underground environment, which can be done via multi-robot mapping and localization. Even though there have been many research papers on multi-robot mapping, existing solutions are not robust to challenging visual conditions, including changing lighting conditions, repetitive scenes, and dust. Team CoSTAR is a collaborative team of MIT, Caltech, JPL, and KAIST, funded by DARPA. The goal of the MIT sub-team is to perform fast multi-robot mapping of challenging underground environments. As a SuperUROP student, I would have the opportunity to work with the MIT sub-team and develop new ideas and algorithms for multi-robot mapping.

"After doing research at Poggio lab for two years and working as a software engineer in two internships, I realized that doing research in Robotics is my passion. In addition, I have decided to stay in academia and focus my research on Robotics. As a result, I find that SuperUROP is a great opportunity to prepare me for graduate school. Additionally, I am really excited to be working with Assistant Professor Luca Carlone and be a part of CoSTAR team."