Eric M. Wolff
Hi! I am currently working on algorithm and software development for self-driving cars at nuTonomy. I completed my PhD in Control and Dynamical Systems (part of Computing and Mathematical Sciences) at the California Institute of Technology. My advisor was Richard Murray, and I also worked with Joel Burdick. I was supported by both NDSEG and NSF fellowships.
My research interests span the areas of cyberphysical systems, robotics, and control theory. I am motivated by safety-critical applications involving autonomous air and ground vehicles carrying out complex tasks in uncertain and adversarial environments (e.g., a self-driving car driving around town). Current methods for the specification, design, and verification of such hybrid (discrete and continuous state) dynamical systems are ad hoc and may lead to unexpected failures. I draw on ideas from optimization, hybrid systems, and model checking to develop formal methods for guaranteeing the correct behavior of such systems. (details)