Thomas R. Collins

Thomas R. Collins
Principal Research Engineer
Georgia Tech Research Institute
Electronic Systems Laboratory (ELSYS)
College of Engineering
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
CCB 258
(404) 407-6022

Currently, Tom Collins shares appointments with the Georgia Tech Research Institute and the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His research interests include robotics, digital hardware design, modeling and simulation and high-performance computing. His robotics contributions began with the IBM 7565 manipulator, a large, high-accuracy hydraulic/electric robot targeted at precision assembly tasks. He later served as a hardware and software integrator for unmanned aerial vehicles, and he has worked extensively with the College of Computing's Mobile Robotics Laboratory and the Borg Laboratory on numerous research projects, including the DARPA Tactical Mobile Robotics and DARPA Mobile Autonomous Robot Software projects.

Collins has also taught courses in both mechanical and electrical engineering. For the DARPA Urban Grand Challenge effort, he was involved in the design and specification of the actuation, sensing and computing hardware elements, and he served as the lead in electronics design.

Most recently, Collins is a lead investigator for the Autonomy Center of the Army Research Laboratory Collaborative Technology Alliance in Micro Autonomous Systems Technology (MAST).

Ph.D. 1994, Georgia Tech
M.S. 1982, Georgia Tech
B.S. 1980, Georgia Tech
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