David Miller's Web Page
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
|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.