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The ARCS (Autonomous Robotics and Complex Systems) Lab is concerned with improving the robustness and adaptability of autonomous robots. We employ a variety of techniques to optimize small (on the scale of 30 centimeters) robotic systems that are able to navigate unpredictable and dynamic terrain while at the same time being adaptive with respect to potential damage. See our Publications for more details.


Current Students

Oliver Change (CS ‘22), May 2021- present

Christy Marchese (CS ‘24), May 2021- present

Evelyn Hasama (CS ‘24), Jan 2021 - present

Evelyn Hasama

Evelyn is a computer science student from the Class of 2024 at Pomona College. She is an athlete for the Pomona-Pitzer Women’s Soccer team and is from Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. GitHub

Sean O’Connor (CS ‘22), Jan 2021 - present

Sean O'Connor

Sean O’Connor is a nontraditional student exploring healthcare AI, robotics simulation, and usable privacy tools. Before studying CS, he was an EMT in Detroit; he’s also an avid roller-blader, modern dance enthusiast, and digital art creator. You can check out his technical blog as well as follow him on GitHub and LinkedIn.

Kevin Ayala (CS ‘22), Aug 2020 - present

Jared Anthony Mejia (CS ‘22), Aug 2020 - present

Alex Kehlani Fay (CS ‘23), May 2020 - present

Gabriel Konar-Steenberg (CS ‘23), May 2020 - present

Former Students

Former Graduate Students


Our current project is to model, simulate, optimize, and fabricate a robot called the Adabot. You can find code for simulating the Adabot at it’s Github Repository and the paper can be found here on my CV. The visualization below shows the basic idea behind the Adabot.


As a side project, we have been working on a simple method for sharing simulation results with collaborators around the world. What we want, in essence, is something akin to an on-line video player, but with the ability to view the simulation from different angles. My colleague and I started on this project a few years ago, but we never had a polished product (you can see Dr. Jared Moore’s version here).

During the fall 2017 semester at Missouri State University, I gave the project over to a group of students in CSE 450. The visualizer above was created with some of the concepts and ideas that they implemented.

You can learn more about this work be reading our workshop paper.