Chris Clark, PhD, focuses his teaching and research on autonomous systems, including underwater robots and other field robotic systems. Clark runs the Lab for Autonomous and Intelligent Robotics (LAIR), which researches multi-robot applications including motion planning, localization, mapping, integration of social systems and control.
Clark’s research projects include AUV shark tracking off of Catalina Island, cistern and shipwreck mapping in Malta, lava tube exploration in the Mojave Desert, ROV squid tracking, altruistic robotics, and multi-robot motion planning in confined spaces.
Clark received a BASc in engineering physics from Queen’s University, Canada, and an MASc in mechanical engineering at the University of Toronto. His doctoral studies were conducted at Stanford University, where he completed his PhD in aeronautics & astronautics, minoring in computer science.
- New Scientist, 6/15/18 Underwater Robot Find Second WWII Bomber Plane on Seabed
- Forbes, 11/15/17 New Intro Engineering Course Engages Students in Underwater Robotics
- The Verge, 7/27/17 Could Underwater Gadgets Tell Us Why Baby Sharks Hang Out at LA Beaches
- hmc.edu, 7/5/17 HMC Student Researchers Help Locate WWII Wreckage
- Press Telegram, 7/30/16 Shark Lab: We All Need to be Smarter About Swimming with Sharks
- hmc.edu, 11/4/15 HMC Receives Funding for Underwater Robotics Lab
- hmc.edu, 8/24/15 Researchers Employ AUVs to Search for Shipwrecks
- CBS News, 9/25/12 Shark Tracking Robot to Tail Rapidly Growing Species
- Orange County Register, 7/23/13 Oceangoing robots swim with sharks off Catalina
- Wired, 4/18/13 Shark-stalking robot will spy on mysterious ocean predators
- hmc.edu, 3/19/13 HMC Students Use Robots to Map Cisterns in Malta
- hmc.edu, 9/8/14 NSF Grant Enables Engineers and Biologists to Study Migratory Populations
- hmc.edu, 9/24/12 ABC7 Features Shark Tracking Research of Professor Christopher Clark
- LAIR website
- ICEX 2016 Blog
- Video about Clark’s research: Using Robots and Laser to Look for Life in Lava Tubes
- Video about a Clinic project with City of Hope: Tracking Surgical Instruments