Mac Schwager  —  About Me

I will be starting as an Assistant Professor in Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University in September 2015. I was previously an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Division of Systems Engineering at Boston University from January of 2012 to July 2015. My current research interests are in distributed algorithms for coordination, estimation, and learning in groups of robots and animals.

I obtained a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University with a minor in mathematics in 2000. I then worked as an automation engineer for Applied Materials, Inc. during which time I was based in Horsham, UK. In 2003 I entered graduate school at MIT in the Mechanical Engineering Department. I earned an M.S. degree in 2005 working with Dr. Anuradha Annaswamy with a thesis focusing on adaptive control with safety guarantees for autonomous aircraft. I went on to complete a Ph.D. in 2009 under the supervision of Prof. Daniela Rus in CSAIL. My thesis research was on multi-robot deployment for sensor coverage. After completing my Ph.D., I worked as a postdoctoral researcher jointly with Prof. Rus and with Prof. Vijay Kumar in the GRASP lab at the University of Pennsylvania.