Ross A. Knepper

Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science
Cornell University
Office: 571 Upson Hall
Lab: 572 Upson Hall

Phone: 607-255-8634
Fax: 607-255-9468
Email: (or email me anonymously)
Administrative assistant: Randy Hess (607-255-0985)

Office hours: Tuesdays 11am–noon; Thursdays 1:15–2:25pm

Research Interests

Research Interests

My research addresses the algorithmic aspects of advanced factory automation, enabling autonomous robots to function safely and comprehensibly alongside humans in environments structured for people. Doing so will open up many products still assembled by hand today to automation opportunities. Leveraging insights from psychology, sociology, and linguistics, robots will interact with factory workers through natural language and gesture, so that they can be programmed without special training and can operate as peers with human workers. Robots must be aware of their environment and responsive to changes within it. In multi-robot deployments, a distributed planning and control approach is vital to enable scalability and provable correctness. I use IKEA furniture in the laboratory to demonstrate techniques in planning, control, perception and human interaction for automated assembly in the field.

Interested in working with me?

I am recruiting highly talented postdocs and students at all levels in robotics. Please see the list of available positions, and familiarize yourself with my research before you contact me. Please note that prospective students must gain admission to Cornell before I can work with them. Contacting me from outside will not help you gain admission.

NOTE: Unfortunately, I cannot host foreign students as interns or co-ops.


Lab Members

Lab Alumni

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