portrait

Karl J. Obermeyer

Applied Mathematician & Software Engineer

About

My expertise are primarily in machine perception (esp. detection and tracking), motion planning, and vehicle routing. To solve problems in these areas, I enjoy using a blend of controls, dynamics, numerics, combinatorics, optimization, statistics, machine learning, and computational geometry. I have worked for a government lab, for a defense contractor, for a tech startup, and as an independent consultant/contractor. I hold a BS+MS in applied math from CU Boulder and a PhD in engineering from UCSB.

Publications

Last updated September 2016. For citing convenience, here is a [BibTeX file].

Journal Articles

  1. S. G. Manyam, S. Rathinam, S. Darbha, and K. J. Obermeyer. Lower Bounds for a Vehicle Routing Problem with Motion Constraints. International Journal of Robotics and Automation, 2015.
  2. K. J. Obermeyer, P. Oberlin, and S. Darbha. Sampling-Based Path Planning for a Visual Reconnaissance UAV. AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, 2012. [pdf]
  3. K. J. Obermeyer, A. Ganguli, and F. Bullo. Multi-Agent Deployment for Visibility Coverage in Polygonal Environments with Holes. International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control, 2011. [pdf]
  4. K. J. Obermeyer, A. Ganguli, and F. Bullo. A Complete Algorithm for Searchlight Scheduling. International Journal of Computational Geometry and Applications, 2011. [pdf] [remarks]

Conference Proceedings

  1. J. Adaska, K. Obermeyer, and E. Schmidt. Robust Probabilistic Conflict Prediction for Sense and Avoid. In American Control Conference, Portland, OR, USA, June 2014, Note: Received best-in-session award. [pdf]
  2. S. G. Manyam, S. Rathinam, S. Darbha, and K. J. Obermeyer. Computation of a Lower Bound for a Vehicle Routing Problem with Motion Constraints. In ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA, October 2012. [pdf]
  3. K. J. Obermeyer, P. Oberlin, and S. Darbha. Sampling-Based Roadmap Methods for a Visual Reconnaissance UAV. In AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference, Toronto, ON, Canada, August 2010. [pdf] [errata]
  4. K. J. Obermeyer. Path Planning for a UAV Performing Reconnaissance of Static Ground Targets in Terrain. In AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference, Chicago, IL, USA, August 2009. [pdf] [vignette]
  5. K. J. Obermeyer, A. Ganguli, and F. Bullo. Asynchronous Distributed Searchlight Scheduling. In IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, New Orleans, LA, USA, pages 4863-4868, December 2007. [pdf]

Dissertation

  1. K. J. Obermeyer. Visibility Problems for Sensor Networks and Unmanned Air Vehicles. PhD Dissertation, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara, June 2010. [pdf] [defense slides] [remarks/errata]

Software

  1. K. J. Obermeyer and Contributors. VisiLibity: A C++ Library for Visibility Computations in Planar Polygonal Environments. 2008.

Miscellaneous

  1. K. J. Obermeyer, A. Ganguli, and F. Bullo. Multi-Agent Deployment for Visibility Coverage in Polygonal Environments with Holes. Available at http://arxiv.org/abs/cs/0701077, September 2010.
  2. K. J. Obermeyer, A. Ganguli, and F. Bullo. Asynchronous Distributed Searchlight Scheduling. Available at http://arxiv.org/abs/cs/0701077, January 2007.

Personal

Aside from technical work, I enjoy playing in the mountains, in water, or on water. Hiking and rock climbing are my favorites, but I have also been known to bike, ski, snowboard, ice climb, surf, sail, kayak, and dive. To celebrate victories, both large and small, I compose and play music. Here's to completing this webpage: