James Alan Preiss

robotics ph.d. student

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I am a Ph.D. student at the USC Robotic Embedded Systems Lab in Los Angeles, CA, advised by Prof. Gaurav Sukhatme.

I am interested in understanding the structure of optimization problems encountered in robotics and machine learning. My past projects include algorithms and hardness results in trajectory optimization for state observability, and multi-robot motion planning using a discrete/continuous decomposition. I currently focus on reinforcement learning in continuous spaces, particularly on how the system dynamics affect the difficulty of learning.

I also helped design and build USC's Crazyswarm 49-quadcopter research facility. In summer of 2019, I visited Google NYC as a research intern. Before joining RESL, I worked as a professional software developer on industrial 3d scanning tools at Geomagic and the JMP visual statistics package at SAS. I completed a B.S. in Mathematics and B.A. in Photography at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA.

This page last updated August 2020.




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