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Steven D. Morad
Bio

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I currently work on vision and autonomy in collaboration with the Prorok Lab at the University of Cambridge and the Toshiba Cambridge Research Lab. I completed my master's in aerospace engineering in the Space and Terrestrial Robotic Exploration lab at the University of Arizona. I previously worked on large, distributed software systems at Facebook where I focused on fault tolerance, reliability, and performance. My current research focus is on embodied visual navigation. In other words, I'm interested in the intersection of robot vision, motion, and understanding.

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Media

Visual navigation to semantic targets using deep reinforcement learning
Generalized models trained on ground robots that seamlessly transfer to aerial robots
A 5-minute overview of my MS thesis, the spinning projectile extreme environment robot
IceWorm climbing in Mt. St. Helens fumarolic ice caves
IceWorm testing: taking a step in the walk-in freezer
A soft-landing robot I designed for exploration of Lunar lava tubes. I precompute a ballistic trajectory and rotational dynamics before launch. A precessing, spin-stabilized exhaust nozzle serves two purposes: to keep the nozzle oriented without any onboard actuators (e.g. reaction wheels), and to modulate the net impulse of solid-fuel rocket motors.
SLAM in a lunar lava tube
A DIY ion thruster based on the NASA DAWN satellite
Papers