I am a PhD student in the College of Information and Computer Science at 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 Robonaut 2 and a DARPA micro UAV project. Prior to that I was advised by Prof. Alan Yuille during my M.S degree at UCLA and did my B.S degree at NCTU in Taiwan.


My field of focus is in integrating robotic perception and action and am interested in understanding how human brains function. I became a NASA Space Technology Research Fellow in 2014 and have worked with the Robonaut team at Johnson Space Center 10 weeks per year since. I was also awarded the outstanding synthesis project award in 2016 and am 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