Official Bio

Joshua Vander Hook is the supervisor of the Artificial Intelligence, Observation Planning and Analysis Group, Planning and Execution Section, of the Jet Propulsion LaboratoryCalifornia Institute of Technology. Recently he was a member of the Maritime and Multi-Agent Autonomy group, where he has had the pleasure of working since 2015.

Josh's main interests are multi-agent variations of: Bayesian cooperative games, geometric motion planning, distributed system design, and pursuit-evasion games.

He completed a Ph.D in the department of Computer Science at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis in 2015 with Dr. Volkan Isler, and the Robotic Sensor Networks lab.

Josh's thesis concerned competitive, online algorithms applied to multi-robot path-planning for sensing, e.g., using robots to mine geo-statistical data for precision agriculture and track invasive species in Minnesota lakes.

Selected Publications