Relevant Projects:

NSF, Toyota Research Institute, Inc., Amazon, Automotive Research Center

Maani Ghaffari

Assistant Professor

Department of Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering

The Computational Autonomy and Robotics Laboratory (CURLY) at the University of Michigan develops novel algorithms for mobile robots concerning multimodal perception, learning, autonomous navigation, exploration, and environmental monitoring.

Present-day robotic algorithms and systems lack sufficient robustness to operate reliably in environments that are unknown a priori. We develop autonomous robotic exploration in unknown and extreme environments such as forests, deserts, and underwater. Our research enables a robot to navigate and traverse a disaster site, collaborate in teams with other robots, or with humans for search and rescue or scientific exploration and discovery. The outcome of our research is an enabling scientific technology for directly sampling and analyzing surface and subsurface compositions.