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I received a Ph.D. in Computer Science at Georgia Institute of Technology in 2004. I received a Masters of Science in Space Systems from Florida Institute of Technology in 1995. I was a Submarine Navigation Electronics Technician in the US Navy and served on the Fleet Ballistic Missile (FBM) Submarines USS Lewis and Clark (SSBN 644) and USS George C. Marshall (SSBN 654). I also served on the FBM Submarine Tender USS Simon Lake (AS 33) when it was stationed in Kings Bay, GA. I served on the Launch Area Support Ship (LASS) USNS Range Sentinel stationed in Cape Canaveral Florida where I was involved in the support of U.S. and U.K. submarine missile launches on the Eastern Test Range. While stationed in Cape Canaveral I also served on the USNS Vanguard. The Vanguard supported the testing of navigation equipment that was in use, or was to be used, on board Navy submarines.
I am interested in exploring and developing learning methods that give robots human-like learning abilities. My research focuses on algorithms that allow robots to learn skills from observing humans or other robots and improve performance while practicing. I am currently investigating the learning of movement skills and the learning of action selection skills while performing dynamic tasks such as playing tennis or walking. My thesis presents a framework for conducting learning from observation and practice research. The framework is implemented in two tasks; the Labyrinth marble maze game and air hockey. A video of a robot playing the Labyrinth game and a humanoid robot playing air hockey can be seen on my thesis page.
Here is a brief CV. A full CV is available in PDF format.
Seegrid Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
Director of R&D of Controls and Capabilities, April 2008-Present†
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
Adjunct Faculty, May 2009-Present†
Systems Scientist, July 2006-May 2009
Postdoctoral Fellow, January 2005-July 2006
ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories, Kyoto, Japan†††
Visiting Researcher, January 1998-Present
Georgia Institute of
Research Assistant, November 1995-May 1998
Harris Corporation, Palm Bay, FL †††††††
Pre-Professional Intern, June 1997-October 1997
Dynetics Inc., Huntsville, AL
Systems Analyst II, June 1996-October 1996 and June 1998-October 1998
United States Navy
Electronic Material Division Leading Chief Petty Officer, January 1991-September 1995
Ph.D., Computer Science (Intelligent Systems), Georgia Institute of Technology, July 2004
Master of Science, Space Systems, Florida Institute of technology, August 1995
Bachelor of Science,
Modulation of simple sinusoidal patterns by a coupled oscillator model for biped walking, Jun Morimoto, Gen Endo, Jun Nakanishi, Sang-Ho Hyon, Gordon Cheng, Darrin Bentivegna, and Christopher G. Atkeson, ICRA 2006
Design and Implementation of a Teleautonomous Hummer, Darrin C. Bentivegna, Khaled S. Ali, Ronald C. Arkin, and Tucker Balch.† Presented at Mobile Robots XII in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, October 1997.