Mac Schwager  —  About Me

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Division of Systems Engineering at Boston University, where I am also affiliated with the Center for Information and Systems Engineering (CISE). I have been with Boston University since January of 2012. My current research interests are in distributed algorithms for coordination, estimation, and learning in groups of robots and animals. You can read more about my past and current research in the Research section.

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 working with 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. From July 2011 through December 2011 I was a visitor at UC Berkeley in Prof. Claire Tomlin's Hybrid Systems Lab.