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Jason Ziglar

 Jason Ziglar
Phone: (412)256-8211
Major: Computer Engineering


My interests lay in the areas of perception, software architecture, and human-robot interaction. I started in robotics while completing a B.S.E. in Biomedical and Electrical Engineering at Duke University (2005) by joining Carnegie Mellon’s DARPA Grand Challenge Team, placing 2nd and 3rd in the race. I received my Master’s in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University (2007), which included research into rover concepts for lunar polar crater descent with NASA’s Glenn Research Center, and being a core researcher for CMU’s first place entry into the DARPA Urban Challenge. He spent five years at the National Robotics Engineering Center at CMU, working on advanced teleoperation, obstacle detection, and software architecture projects. He has since come to Virginia Tech as a Ph.D. student in Computer Engineering, acting as Software Lead for Virginia Tech’s DARPA Robotics Challenge team. He’s currently researching approaches to localization, mapping, search and tracking problems.


I'm currently working on putting together a workshop on K.H.A.N., a low-cost mobile robot designed to teach robotics using real-world tools for building robots.