Carrick Detweiler

B.A. 2004, Middlebury College
M.S. 2006, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ph.D. 2010, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Assistant Professor
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Computer Science and Engineering
220 Schorr Center
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68588

(402) 472-2449

About Me

Check the NIMBUS Lab website for the most up-to-date information on my research. I also have a blog and you can find my CV here.

If you want to meet with me, you can schedule it yourself if you are in one of my classes or in the Nimbus Lab. If you are not in one of my classes or the Nimbus Lab, you should email me first.

I am an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Faculty Fellow of the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute. I co-Direct the NIMBUS Lab, where we work with aerial robots and other robot systems. I completed my Ph.D. at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) at MIT, studying computer science and robotics in the Distributed Robotics Lab. My adviser was Daniela Rus.

My research interests include flying robots, multi-robot systems, sensor networks, localization, and underwater robotics. My research explores the boundaries between robotics and sensor networks. I've developed a system of underwater sensors and robots with limited mobility. My Ph.D. thesis examined a system in which each node independently controls its depth but cannot control its position. I developed a decentralized depth control algorithm that optimizes the positions of the sensor nodes for sensing. I also developed an underwater localization algorithm and system that creates a GPS-like system for underwater robots using the underwater sensors nodes.

I have an Erdös number of at most 4 :) I enjoy skiing, scuba diving, reading science fiction, biking, cooking, photography, walking my dog, and spending time with my daughters. I am married to Courtney Hillebrecht, who is a professor in the political science department at UNL.





Funding and Awards


Spring 2014 CSCE 236: Embedded Systems
Fall 2013 CSCE 439/839: Robotics: Algorithms and Applications
Spring 2013 CSCE 236: Embedded Systems
Fall 2012 CSCE 990: Robotics Today
Spring 2012 CSCE 236: Embedded Systems
Spring 2012 CSCE 990: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Seminar, Tuesday 4pm, Nimbus Lab
Fall 2011 CSCE 496/896: Robotics
Fall 2011 CSCE 990: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Seminar, Tuesday 4pm, Nimbus Lab
Spring 2011 CSCE 436/836: Advanced Embedded Systems
Fall 2010 CSCE 990: Robotics: Algorithms and Applications (note: renamed "Robotics Today" in later offerings)
Spring 2009 TA for 6.141: Robotics: Science and Systems