Aaron Becker’s passion is robotics and control. Currently as an Assistant Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Houston, he is building a robotics lab.
Previously as a Research Fellow in a joint appointment with Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital, he is implemented robotics powered and controlled by the magnetic field of an MRI, as a member of the Pediatric Cardiac Bioengineering Lab with Pierre Dupont.
Previously as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Rice University in the Multi-Robot Systems Lab with James McLurkin, Aaron investigated control of distributed systems and nanorobotics with experts in the fields. His online game swarmcontrol.net seeks to understand the best ways to control a swarm of robots by a human. The project achieves this through a community of game-developed experts.
Aaron earned his PhD in the Electrical & Computer Engineering department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the Robotics and neuro-Mechanical Systems Laboratory, advised by Tim Bretl. Aaron wanted a robot ever since the day in first grade he wrote a badly spelled letter to Santa Claus requesting one. Today, that dream is lived out daily. His focus is on techniques for handling uncertainty in robotics. Applications include manipulating robotic swarms, directing self-assembled microbots, robotic coverage, and state-estimation for novel prosthesis.
Aaron and his wife Laney moved to Houston in 2014 after earning his master’s degree in 2008 and PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering August 2012 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.