David Pietrocola is a robotics engineer and founder of Robots In DC, a blog covering robotics news, public policy and tutorials from the nation's capital. His research interests include personal and service robots, intelligent systems, and human-robot interaction. From April 2011 to September 2012, he served at the National Science Foundation as an analyst for interdisciplinary research and graduate education. He earned a M.S. in Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering with Honors and Phi Beta Kappa from Trinity College in Hartford, CT. David has published and presented peer-reviewed research in a variety of areas, including autonomous mobile robots, agent-based modeling, virtual agents, human behavior modeling, serious games, digital copyright laws, and graduate education. He has helped develop several award-winning autonomous robots for outdoor navigation in uncertain environments, and has been a judge, volunteer, and rules writer for the Trinity College Fire-Fighting Home Robot Contest
since 2006. He is a member of IEEE, the IEEE-USA Intellectual Property Committee, and the IEEE-USA Research and Development Committee.
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