Justin Wasserman

Champaign, IL 61821 · (847) 708 2771 · jbwasse2@illinois.edu

I am a PhD student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign performing research in computer vision and robotics.


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Advisor: Dr. Girish Chowdhary
August 2019 - Present

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Bachelor of Science
Advisor: Dr. Steven LaValle
August 2014 - May 2019

Kendall College

(Culinary School)


Graduate Research Assistant

Distributed Autonomous Systems Lab (DASLAB) - Professor Chowdhary
  • Collaborating with Dr. Saurabh Gupta on applying topological maps to real world robots and methods for allowing robots to navigate in dynamic environments.
  • August 2019 - Present

    Undergraduate Researcher

    Motion Strategy Lab (MSL) - Professor LaValle
  • Research motion strategies for minimal, non-deterministic, mobile robot
  • Maintainer and creator of kronprod library, an open source library available on Anaconda.
  • Won the Leung Student Venture Fund Award grant for my research/thesis ($1000).
  • January 2017 - August 2019

    Undergraduate Researcher

    Distributed Autonomous Systems Lab (DASLAB) - Professor Chowdhary
  • Created agriculture dataset and used CNN trained on robot's camera data to assist in autonomous navigation.
  • Created testing platform for nightly testing of the robot's software.
  • May 2018 - August 2019


  • A. Nilles, J. Wasserman, A. Born, C. Horn, J. Born, S. LaValle ”A Hardware and Software Testbed for Underactuated Self-Assembling Robots” (MRS 2019)
  • Experience

    Deep Learning Intern

    Earthsense Inc.
    May 2019 - August 2019

    Software Engineering Intern

    January 2018 - May 2018

    Computer Engineering Intern

    May 2017 - August 2017

    Engineering Co-Op

    Yaskawa America Inc.
    May 2016 - January 2017

    Engineering Intern

    Maclean-Fogg Engineered Plastics Company
    May 2015 - August 2015


    Programming Languages and Tools



    TA, Mentor, and Referee
  • Lead course as TA for ENG 298LRM for Fall 2015 and Fall 2017 semester. Responsibilities included creating course content, and keeping contact with the community and students.
  • Mentored at Urbana Middle School for FLL.
  • Refereed local FIRST events.
  • iRobotics

  • Responsible for design and implementation of electrical subsystem as Electrical Lead for Freshman/Sophomore team.
  • Communicated on outreach committee to members and the community regarding robotics outreach