RA-L and ICRA 2018 - Congratulations to Han and Nick for having their journal publication titled "Efficient, High-Quality Stack Rearrangement" accepted by RA-L! The work will also be presented at ICRA.

MRS 2017 - Our initial breakthrough on constant factor optimal multi-robot path planning titled "Expected Constant-Factor Optimal Multi-Robot Path Planning in Well-Connected Environments" has been accepted by The 1st International Symposium on Multi-Robot and Multi-Agent Systems (MRS 2017).

RSS 2017 - Congratulations to Shuai Han on his first first author publication at none other than the Robotics: Science and Systems conference! The paper is a Best Student Paper finalist.

ICRA 2017 - Our first experimental work, titled "A Portable, 3D-Printing Enabled Multi-Vehicle Platform for Robotics Research and Education", has been accepted for presentation at ICRA 2017 in Singapore. This is also the first publication of Shuai Han and Wei Tang. At ICRA 2017, I will also present new research from our recent Transaction on Robotics paper on multi-robot path planning.

Code and Binaries - The algorithms that we developed along with our papers have been made available here. Source code is provided whenever possible. Some implementations are provided as binaries due to their legacy statuses.

microMVP - an Open Source Multi-Vehicle Platform - We are developing a differential driver based micro multi-vehicle system called microMVP. The platform is a complete platfrom with a (mainly) Arduino-based hardware stack and a Python-based software stack. The platform is low cost (a complete system with six vehicles costs a few hundred USD) and scalable (supporting at least a few tens of vehicles). Please refer to the dedicated platform page for details. The platform is fully open source.

Short Bio - I am an Assistant Professor leading the Algorithmic Robotics and Control Lab in the Department of Computer Science at Rutgers. Prior to joining Rutgers, I spent two years as a postdoctoral researcher at MIT CSAIL with Daniela Rus in the Distributed Robotics Lab. The first year of the two-year postdoctoral appointment was joint at Boston University with Mac Schwager in the Multirobot Systems Lab.

I obtained my PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign working with Steven M. LaValle. After defending my thesis, I stayed briefly at the Coordinated Science Laboratory as a postdoctoral researcher working with Soon-Jo Chung and Petros G. Voulgaris.

I completed my undergraduate study at the University of Science and Technology of China.

Prospective Graduate Students - I am always looking to working with self-driven students who are interested in fundamental and/or applied research in robotics, control, and optimization. If you are interested in joining my group, please read some of our recent papers and see whether there are topics you find interesting. If that is the case, send me an email and tell me why you are interested in the work that our group does.

Undergraduate Students - My lab has openings for undergraduate researchers. My prerequisites for undergraduate researcher are: (1) you must have 8+ hours per week to devote to research for at least one semester and (2) you are comfortable with coding and debugging. For those of you who are interested, send me an email and attach (1) your code samples and (2) your current transcript. Note that the 8+ hours requirement does not apply to students looking to doing undergraduate thesis and independent study.

Jingjin Yu
Department of Computer Science
Rutgers University
110 Frelinghuysen Road
Piscataway, NJ