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

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 familiarize yourself with my research before you contact me. Please note that prospective graduate students must be admitted to Cornell before I can work with with them. Admission to the program is highly competitive, and unfortunately I cannot help you gain admission. Applications are judged on their merits by the admissions committee.

If you are a Cornell undergraduate interested in research with my lab, please see Getting Involved in Undergraduate Research in RPAL.


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