I’m a 4th year PhD student at Stanford University * , studying Computer Science. I’m interested in Computer Vision and Machine Learning, though my heart will always be in Robotics. Lately I’ve focused on RGB-D perception; mainly on how to get meaningful information out of cheap, Kinect-like sensors. Take a look at my Projects page for more information.
In my graduate life, I work with Sebastian Thrun and Vladlen Koltun, though you might also catch me pushing to the Point Cloud Library and other Open Perception-affiliated projects. In my undergrad life at Berkeley, I worked on personal robotics with Pieter Abbeel: laundry folding, surgical knot tying, angering senators, and occasionally going viral for reasons I shouldn’t put on my CV. I’m a Google Hertz Fellow, an SAP Stanford Graduate Fellow, and an NSF Fellow; so buckle up, because I might let this whole PhD thing ride out a few decades. (Kidding, kidding…)
* At the moment, I’m on leave from Stanford to cofound a company which brings these technologies to mobile. It’s been an exciting ride! You can check out our first publicly-available project, Fyuse on the iOS App Store, and stay tuned for bigger announcements. (Obligatory recent press article here, one of my favorite blog posts about it here.)
When not working with robots, I like to pass the time by reviewing movies. I’m also a fan of beer, scotch, coffee, sushi, dark comedy, David Foster Wallace, and most other things which define a snob. But I’m not a snob, I promise. Oh, and I love to travel. Okay, maybe I’m a little bit of a snob.
Feel free to contact me at stephen __at__ cs.stanford.edu. If you don’t hear back from me within a day or two, you should try again; I’m absentminded, but I almost always cave in to harassment.