David Miller's Web Page
Dear potential graduate students: please note that I do not take
on new international MS students unless I have previously worked
with you (e.g., as an exchange student). I do take on new
Ph.D. students (international and domestic) but typically only
one a year. If you are interested in applying, be sure to
submit the College of
Engineering application as soon as possible and the OU
application by the dates specified on the
AME graduate student
web pages. After submitting the CoE application (which has no
fee), you can
contact me by email if you wish to get an early read on
whether or not acceptance to my group is likely. Note that if
you are applying for an ME or AE degree, you will have the
opportunity to specifically ask for me to review your
application. If you are applying through
Computer Science or
BioEngineering, be sure to mention me by name near the
begining of the personal statement, if you wish me to review
|My current research
is primarily focused on long duration autonomous rovers for exploring
the Moon and Mars. The picture to the right is of SR2, a robot
designed and built at OU for Malin Space
Sciences Inc. We ran this robot in a California desert where
it was able to navigate on its own and complete a traverse of more than
a kilometer in a day using solar power. It found its way between
rocks, up and down ridges, etc using its onboard sensors and navigation
software. More details on SR2 and other research projects can be
found by looking at the papers hyperlinked from my CV.
|Another of my interests in engineering outreach.
I believe that robotics is a good way to interest young people in
science and engineering. Towards that end, I have some projects with
KISS Institute for Practical Robotics,
a not for profit company that runs the Botball program, and other technology
outreach programs for students of all ages.
If you are college aged or beyond, you should consider entering the Beyond Botball competition. Many schools, including OU, use this contest as part of their robotics curriculum. It is great to see all the different approaches people have taken when they meet at the international competition in July.
|I've only been at OU since the Fall of 1999.
I have online summaries and pictures
of several of my previous projects, including work I did leading towards
the 1997 Mars Rover mission.
|Along with several other OU faculty members,
I'm trying to put together the Sooner
Lunar Schooner mission -- an alumni funded Oklahoma robotic mission
to the Moon. Before you laugh, keep in mind that such a mission would cost
about the same amount, or maybe even a little less than the recent upgrades
to OU's Memorial Stadium; OU's staff and students encompass virtually the
entire skill set needed to do such a mission; and the Oklahoma Space Industry Development
Authority is quickly becoming a significant player in the national space
scene. Watch this space for future announcements about the SLS project.
You can download
a paper about SLS as a multi-disciplinary education project.