Alexandra (Alli) Nilles

I am a PhD student in Computer Science at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. My advisor is Steve LaValle, and I also collaborate with Prof. Amy LaViers and Prof. Yuliy Baryshnikov. I have a B.S. in Engineering Physics from the Colorado School of Mines.

Research Interests: High level, formal modelling and control of robots. I'm interested in fundamentals: what is a robot? What are useful formalisms for specifying robotic tasks? Can we decide and synthesize robot designs (hardware, controllers, and filters) capable of completing those tasks with minimal resources?

I often use dynamical systems and geometrical approaches for studying how robots move through space and interact with their environment and each other, as well as information spaces for creating planning and filtering algorithms.

I like using visual, experimental and embodied methods to do research as much as possible.

My other interests include free (as in libre) software, cooperatives, and wilderness backpacking.

My CV is here. You can see some of my current projects at my github and here.

Me in Yosemite!

Me in Yosemite!