- MIT Professor of Robotics
Other Affiliations : MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering, MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL)
Dr. John J. Leonard is the Samuel C. Collins Professor in the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering and a member of the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL).
His research addresses the problems of navigation and mapping for autonomous mobile robots and underwater vehicles. Dr. Leonard holds the degrees of BSEE in Electrical Engineering and Science from the University of Pennsylvania (1987) and a PhD in Engineering Science from the University of Oxford (1994).
He is the recipient of an NSF Career Award (1998) and the King-Sun Fu Memorial Best Transactions on Robotics Paper Award (2006). He is an IEEE Fellow (2014). Since 2016, Professor Leonard has also worked at Toyota Research Institute, where he is part of a team that is creating the Toyota Guardian automated driving system.