I am a PhD student in the Computer Science School at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. I arrived in Amherst in the Fall of 2013 and am a member of both the Laboratory of Perceptual Robotics led by Prof. Rod Grupen and the Computer Vision Lab headed by Prof. Erik Learned-Miller. Before that I was a research scientist at HRL Laboratories in Malibu for two and a half years and was involved in several robotic projects including a NASA GM joint project on space robot Robonaut 2. Prior to that I recieved my M.S degree at the University of California, Los Angeles and was advised by Prof. Alan Yuille.


My field of focus is in robotic perception and am interested in understanding how human brain functions through robotic research. I became a NASA Space Technology Research Fellow since 2014. I was awarded the outstanding synthesis project award in 2016. I am also the author of the Serious Computer Vision Blog, one of the top ranked computer vision blogs on Google Search. Besides robotics, I also created a free web application EatPaper.org for helping researchers organize publications visually.

Li Ku, Li Y. Ku, Li Yang Ku