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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
Mechanical and Materials Engineering (by courtesy)
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 and our blog for the most up-to-date information on my research. 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, a Faculty Fellow of the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute, and have a courtesy appointment in the UNL Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering. 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 with my adviser Daniela Rus. My research interests include field robotics, environmental monitoring, agricultural robotics, adaptive sampling, perception, localization, and safety and reliability of robots in the wild. I work with and build everything from flying robots to underwater sensor networks and often explore the boundaries between robots and sensor networks. My goal is to develop systems and algorithms that enable robots to operate in real world conditions to aid scientists, farmers, and others.

I have an Erdös number of at most 4 :) I enjoy skiing, scuba diving, flying (drones and "real" Cessna-like planes), reading science fiction, biking, cooking, photography, walking my dog, and spending time with my daughters. I am married to Courtney Hillebrecht, who is a faculty member in the political science department at UNL.


Peer Reviewed Conference and Journal Publications

Misc. Publications

Selected Funding and Awards


Spring 2015 CSCE 236: Embedded Systems
Fall 2014 CSCE 990: Robotics Today
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