The Jude and Eileen Laspa Fellowship in Autonomous Systems

The LASPA Fellowship Program in Autonomous System provides students with unique research experiences and opportunities for professional advancement in the field of autonomous mobile robots. Students will acquire theoretical knowledge, develop and test new ideas in laboratory and international field settings, present their findings at professional conferences, and become active members of the robotics research community.

Chris Clark is a Professor of Engineering and the Associate Department Chair. He is the director of the Jude and Eileen Laspa Fellowship in Autonomous Systems and oversees the Lab for Autonomous and Intelligent Robotics (LAIR). His research is focused on multi-robot systems and their application to field robotics, which has included underwater robot field expeditions to Malta, Denmark, Norway, and the Arctic. Funding for research projects originates mostly from NSF, but also includes a multi-year Fulbright scholarship. Before joining HMC in 2012, Clark held the Princeton University William R. Kenan, Jr. Visiting Professorship for Distinguished Teaching. His education includes a  B.S. in engineering physics from Queen’s University, a M.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Toronto, and a Ph.D. in aeronautics & astronautics, computer science minor from Stanford University.