Jiuguang Wang

Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing.

- Wernher von Braun (December 1957)
I am currently a graduate student in the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and advised by Chris Atkeson. My research focuses on motion planning and control theory as applied to autonomous robots, particularly in the areas of humanoids and manipulation.

I received dual-BS degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology when I was 19. As an undergraduate in the Center for Robotics and Intelligent Machines, my research was jointly advised by (in the order of appearance) Magnus Egerstedt, Ayanna Howard, and Mike Stilman. I hold Tri-MS degrees in Electrical & Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Robotics from Georgia Tech and CMU, as well as the EIT certification from the Georgia State Board of Registration for Engineer & Land Surveyor. In my spare time, I’ve planned theoretical missions at the Jet Propulsion Lab to probe small-bodies in our solar system and contributed over 100 articles to Wikipedia in the areas of control theory and robotics. I have an Erdős number of 4.

I am a member of Team Steel, CMU’s entry in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (Track B). Inspired by the “Fukushima 50″, a group of 50 men who risked their lives to prevent a nuclear meltdown at Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant during the aftermath of the 2011 Tsunami, we are developing a diaster-response humanoid robot capable of a variety of demanding physical tasks such as walking on rough terrain, driving a car, climbing a ladder, and dexterous manipulation. All for the grand prize of $2m.

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Scientist

My scientific publications can be found in major robotics conferences and journals. More...

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Traveler

I've traveled more than 20,000km in Europe and visited more than 50 cities on the continent. More...

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Photographer

I placed 7th in the largest photography competition in the world (certified by Guinness). More...

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Wikipedian

I've authored more than 100 articles on Wikipedia in robotics and control theory. More...

My favorite color is...

White, also known as #FFFFFF.
My favorite number is...

pi/2, or 1.57079632679.
My favorite city is...

Beijing, China. Also my hometown.
My favorite painting is...

Wanderer above the Sea of Fog (1818) by Caspar David Friedrich.
My favorite work of sculpture is...

The Rape of Proserpina (1621) by Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
My favorite symphony is...

Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 (1824) by Ludwig van Beethoven.
My favorite opera is...

Der Ring des Nibelungen (1848 to 1874) by Richard Wagner.
My favorite work of architecture is...

The Pantheon (126 AD), in Rome, Italy.
My favorite castle is...

Neuschwanstein Castle (1837), in Bavaria, Germany.
My favorite museum is...

Musée du Louvre in Paris, France.
My favorite sonnet is...

Sonnet 73 by William Shakespeare.
My favorite novel is...

The Old Man and the Sea (1951), by Ernest Hemingway.
My favorite narrative poem is...

The Song of Everlasting Regret by Bai Juyi.
My favorite movie is...

Titanic (1997), directed by James Cameron.
My favorite TV show is...

House, MD (2004-2012) by David Shore.
I am an accomplished landscape photographer. My work featuring historical monuments in Europe have been widely cited in a variety of online and print publications. In particular, my photo on the Zaragoza Cathedral recently took the 7th place in Wiki Loves Monuments, the largest photography competition in the world (certified by Guinness) with over 350,000 submissions. My work was recently exhibited in Gouda and St. Petersburg, and will be touring Panama, Britain, Sweden, Spain, Philippines, Hong Kong, and Germany for the remainder of 2013. Most of my publications are freely available under the Creative Commons license.

In my formative years, I wrote poems in the Tang Dynasty style of Jueju and collected recordings by Wilhelm Furtwängler. Independent of my scientific pursuits, I remain a devoted humanist and have broad interests in the study of the arts, particularly in classic European paintings, sculptures, and musicology. I enjoy reading literary works from the Western Canon, especially versed dramas and narrative poems. Works by Mozart, Shakespeare, and the pre-Raphaelites are among my favorite things in life.

My email is robot@cmu.edu
I own a MacBook.
I talk to myself.

If you are dazzled enough by this whirlwind introduction and think we might have an interesting discussion on any aspects of life including mundane topics such as school and research, feel free to contact me. Let's talk. If you decide to email me, do use the subject "π/2" to avoid my spam filter.