John Leonard

John Leonard

Biography

John J. Leonard is Professor of Mechanical and Ocean Engineering in the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering and a member of the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). His research addresses the problems of navigation and mapping for autonomous mobile robots. He holds the degrees of B.S.E.E. in Electrical Engineering and Science from the University of Pennsylvania (1987) and D.Phil. in Engineering Science from the University of Oxford (formally 1994). Prof. Leonard joined the MIT faculty in 1996, after five years as a Post-Doctoral Fellow and Research Scientist in the MIT Sea Grant Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Laboratory.He has served an associate editor of the IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering and of the IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation. He is the recipient of an NSF Career Award (1998), an E.T.S. Walton Visitor Award from Science Foundation Ireland (2004), and the King-Sun Fu Memorial Best Transactions on Robotics Paper Award (2006). Currently, he serves as Area Head for Ocean Science and Engineering in the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering and as Co-Director of the Ford-MIT Alliance.

Awards

  • IEEE: Fellow (2013)
  • International Conference on Robotics and Automation: Best Student Paper Finalist (2013)
  • International Conference on Robotics and Automation: Best Paper Finalist (2012)
  • International Conference on Robotics and Automation: Automation Best Paper Award Finalist (2011)
  • IEEE Transactions on Robotics: Best Paper Award (2007)
  • International Conference on Robotics and Automation: Best Student Paper Finalist (2005)
  • Science Foundation Ireland: E.T.S. Walton Visitor Award (2004)
  • Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems: Best paper (2004)