David Miller's Web Page


Dear potential summer interns: I do not take on summer interns. Please do not send requests to be a summer intern.

Dear potential graduate students: please note that I do take on new Ph.D. students (international and domestic) but typically only one a year. It is rare that I will take on International M.S. Students, but will make exceptions for exceptional students. If you are interested in applying, please visit AME's graduate student web page. 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.


I am the Wilkonson Chair Professor in the School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. Additionally I am a member of the Bioengineering faculty and an adjunct faculty member in the School of Computer Science.  My major research area is in robotics, particularly robots used for planetary exploration, assisting people with disabilities, and for educational purposes. More information about recent research projects can be found at the Intelligent Robotics Lab (IRL) web site.   

I have a mostly up to date copy of my CV available.
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 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 KIPR Aerial Robot or KIPR Autonomous Openl Robot competitions. Many schools, including OU, use these contests 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.