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Colin Rennie


Originally from California, I moved to New Jersey in 2014 to begin my PhD studies in machine learning and robotics at Rutgers University. I am currently in my second year at Rutgers, working under the supervision of Dr. Kostas Bekris.

My research interests lie in the application of machine learning methods to computationally difficult and intractable problems in robotics, specifically in the context of perception and robotic control. Currently I'm exploring the problem of model learning for high dimensional robots with non-linear dynamics.


Bachelor of Science (Cum Laude), Computational Finance 2011
Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA
Minor: Computer Science


Fall 2015: CS520 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (TA)
Professor: Abdeslam Boularias

Spring 2016: CS674 Seminar in Robot Learning (TA)
Professor: Abdeslam Boularias


Senior Analyst, Corporate Development Group 2011-2013
RPX Corporation, San Francisco, CA

Research Assistant, Center for Adaptive Behavior and Cognition 2009
Max-Planck Institute, Berlin, Germany
Supervisor: Dr. Henry Brighton


Rennie C., Shome R., Ferreira De Souza A., and Bekris K. E.. “A Dataset for Improved RGBD-based Object Detection and Pose Estimation for Warehouse Pick-and-Place”. In IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Stockholm, Sweden, 2016.