Computer Science

Contact Information

Atwater Kent Laboratories, 130
Phone: +1-508-831-5476
Fax: +1-508-831-5776

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Michael A. Gennert

I teach and conduct research to solve problems that will make the world better: safer, healthier, and happier. Working with undergraduates, graduate students, post-docs, and other faculty, we develop robots to inspect trees for invasive insect pests, autonomous boats for monitoring lakes, or medical imaging to improve cancer and heart disease diagnoses and treatment. I In my spare time I like to hike, bike, ski, canoe, and play frisbee.

Research Interests

  • Robotics
  • Medical Imaging
  • Autionomous Navigation


  • BS, CS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1980
  • BS, EE, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1980
  • MS, EECS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1980
  • PhD, EECS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1987

Featured Publications

  • M.A. Gennert, G. Tryggvason, “Robotics Engineering: A Discipline Whose Time Has Come”, IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine, pp. 18–20, June 2009.
  • T. Padir, G. Fischer, S. Chernova, M.A. Gennert, “A Unified and Integrated Approach to Teaching a Two-Course Sequence in Robotics Engineering”, J. Robotics and Mechatronics special issue on Education of Robotics & Mechatronics, Vol. 23 No. 5, pp. 748-758, 2011.
  • C. Lindsay, M.A. Gennert, C.M. Connolly, A. Konik, P. Dasari, W.P. Segars, M.A. King, “Interactive generation of digital anthropomorphic phantoms from XCAT shape priors”, accepted to SPIE Biomedical Applications in Molecular, Structural, and Functional Imaging Conf., San Diego, CA, Feb. 2012.
  • S. Gu, C. Lindsay, M.A. Gennert, M.A. King, “A Quick 3D-to-2D Points Matching based on the Perspective Projection”, Int. Symp. Visual Computing, Las Vegas, Dec. 2008.
  • S. Gu, J.E. McNamara, J. Mitra, H.C. Gifford, A.V. Sklyar, K. Johnson, M.A. Gennert, M.A. King, “Improved Motion Correction in SPECT Imaging Using a Non-rigid Motion Model”, IEEE Nuclear Science Symp. and Medical Imaging Conf., Orlando, pp. 3242–3246, Oct. 2009.
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