• Research

    Autonomous assembly and construction; Space robotics; Field robotics; Perception; Mapping and state estimation for precise and accurate robotic operations in large workspaces; Multi-agent motion planning and control; Collaborative manipulation; Machine learning for detection, classification, and correction of off-nominal events in field robotics applications.

  • Publications


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  • Professional History


    2018–Present, Virginia Tech, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Assistant Professor
    2014–2018, NASA Langley Research Center, Research Aerospace Engineer
    2011–2014, University of Colorado, Boulder, Department of Computer Science, NASA Space Technology Research Fellow
    2010–2011, University of Colorado, Boulder, Department of Computer Science, Research Assistant
    2007–2010, FAAC Incorporated, Ann Arbor, MI, Engineer

  • Awards and Honors


    2018 – NASA Early Career Achievement Medal
    2017 – Center Achievement Award, NASA Langley Research Center
    2014 – First NASA Space Technology Research Fellow to earn Ph.D.
    2014 – Outstanding Research Award, Computer Science, University of Colorado
    2012 – Harvard Visiting Fellow
    2012 – Second place, Mobile Manipulation Challenge, 2012 IEEE International Conference on Robotics Automation
    2011-2014 – NASA Space Technology Research Fellow
    2011 – Ford Foundation Predoctoral Research Fellow
    2003-2007 – Ralph E. and Victoria L. Reins Full Tuition Scholarship
    2003-2007 – University of Michigan Engineering Dean’s List, seven times
    2006 – Edward A. Stalker Aerospace Research Fellow

Education

Ph.D., Computer Science, University of Colorado, 2014
M.S., Computer Science, University of Colorado, 2012
B.S.E., Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan, 2007

(540) 231-7192
413A Goodwin Hall – 0238
635 Prices Fork Road
Blacksburg, VA 24061
komendera@vt.edu

Erik Komendera

Assistant Professor