Christopher M. Clark - Lab Director

Dr. Chris Clark

Dr. Clark's education include a B.A.Sc. in Engineering Physics from Queen's University, Canada. he completed his M.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Toronto. His doctoral studies were conducted at Stanford University, where he completed his Ph.D. in Aeronautics & Astronautics, minoring in Computer Science. His main teaching and research interests are in autonomous systems, including underwater robots and multi-robot systems. He may be contacted at clark AT hmc.edu.

Education

2004 Ph.D. - Aeronautics & Astronautics, Computer Science Min., Stanford University
1998 M.Sc. - Mechanical Engineering, University of Toronto
1995 M.Sc. - Engineering Physics, Queen's University

Work Experience

2017 - Pres. CTO & Co-founder, Zenith Robotics
2012 - Pres. Professor & Associate Chair, Harvey Mudd College
2011 - 2012 Visiting Professor, Princeton University
2007 - 2011 Associate Professor, California Polytechnic State Univ. SLO
2007 - 2011 Assistant Professor, University of Waterloo
2003 - 2004 Software Architect, Kiva Systems
1995 - 1996 Control Systems Designer, Sterner Automation

Awards

2017 - Best Conference Paper at 32nd Int’l Conf. on Computers and Their Applications (2017)
2017 - Best Presenation & 2nd Best Paper at the ASEE Conference First-Year Programs Division
2016 - Fulbright Scholarship (2016-2018)
2011 - William R. Kenan, Jr. Visiting Professorship for Distinguished Teaching - Princeton University
2011 - Computer Engineering Outstanding Professor Award
2010 - Computer Engineering Outstanding Professor Award
2009 - Distinguished Educator Award, California Faculty Association
2009 - Computer Engineering Outstanding Professor Award
2008 - ICARCV Best Conference Paper Award Finalist (top 5 of 320)
2008 - Northrop Grumman Excellence in Research and Development Award
2008 - Computer Engineering Outstanding Professor Award
1999 - Post-Gradudate Scholarship B - NSERC
1996-97 - University of Toronto Open Fellowship - University of Toronto
1993-94 - COSEP research grant
1993 - Most Marketable Product Award - Queen's Eng. Competition
1991 - Katherine Doyle Scholarship - Queen's University
1991 - Monseigneur J. Hanley Scholarship - Regiopolis N.D.H.S.

Teaching

E 11 - Autonomous Vehicles
E 59 - Signals and Systems
E 79 - Introduction to Systems
E 80 - Experimental Engineering
E 190Q - Autonomous Robot Navigation
CPE 103 - Fundamentals of Computer Science III
CPE 123 - Introduction to Computing and Robotics
CPE 350 - Capstone Preparation
CPE 450 - Capstone Project
CPE 480 - Artificial Intelligence
CPE 485 - Autonomous Robot Navigation
CPE 482 - Multi-Robot Systems
CPE 580 - Probabilistic Robotics

Grants

2017 - Rasmussen Program - "Aerosol Particle Concentration Mapping using Semi-Autonomous Vehicles"
2015 - NSF International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) Grant - "Intelligent Search and Mapping of Submerged Cultural Heritage Ancient Shipwrecks using Autonomous Underwater Vehicles"
2014 - NSF Robust Intelligence (RI) Grant - "Multi-Robot Systems for Tracking, Monitoring, and Modeling of Periodic Migratory Populations"
2014 - Hearst Foundation Grant - "Underwater Robotics Test Facility"

2011 - C3RP Grant - "Developing a Visual Tracking System for Small Marine Animal Research"
2010 - NSF Robust Intelligence (RI) Grant - "Shark Tracking with Multiple Autonomous Underwater Vehicles"
2010 - NSF International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) Grant - "Underwater Archeology via Robotic Systems"
2010 - CSU COAST Grant - "Development of an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle based Mobile Marine Life Monitoring System (MMLMS)"
2010 - Extramural Funding Grant - "Multi-Robot Sampling In the Arctic Ocean"
2009 - NSF Planning Visit Grant - "Ice-Edge Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Mapping and Navigation Experiments in the Arctic"
2008 - C3RP Grant - "Tracking Shallow Water Squid via an Underwater Robot System"
2008 - C3RP Grant - "Efficient Assimilation of AUV Data in a High-Resolution Coastal Ocean Model"
2008 - Partnerships in Higher Education Norway - North America Grant - "Technology for marine monitoring and ocean observation"
2007 - C3RP Grant - "Multi-AUV Path Optimization for improved Ocean Model Forecasting"
2007 - Center for Teaching and Learning Award - "Probabilistic Robotics"
2007 - State Faculty Support Grant - "Simultaneous Localization and Mapping of Underwater Tunnel Systems"
2007 - Extramural Funding Grant - "Autonomous Underwater Robotic Systems for Distributed Sampling Applications"
2007 - Lockheed Martin Grant - "Mars Sandbox"
2006 - OCE Collaborative Grant - "Mobile Robot Surveillance System"
2006 - CFI Leader's Opportunity Fund - "Facility for the testing of Underwater Sampling Technology"
2005 - Auto 21 Grant - "Dynamic Collaborative Driving"
2005 - NSERC Discovery Grant - "Cooperative Submersible Robots"
2005 - OCE Collaborative Grant - "Development of a Modular Reconfigurable Robot Manipulator for Auto part Assembly"
2005 - OCE Collaborative Grant - "An Intelligent Sensing System for Road Vehicles"