Reid Simmons, Research Professor, Robotics Institute

Carnegie Mellon University


Reid Simmons is a Research Professor in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. He earned his B.A. degree in 1979 in Computer Science from SUNY at Buffalo, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from MIT in 1983 and 1988, respectively, in the field of Artificial Intelligence. Since coming to Carnegie Mellon in 1988, Dr. Simmons' research has focused on developing self-reliant robots that can autonomously operate over extended periods of time in unknown, unstructured environments. This work involves issues of robot control architectures, probabilistic planning and reasoning, monitoring and fault detection, and robust indoor and outdoor navigation. More recently, Dr. Simmons has focused on the areas of human-robot social interaction, coordination of multiple heterogeneous robots, and formal verification of autonomous systems. Over the years, he has been involved in the development of over a dozen autonomous robots.