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

  • J.M. Barrett, M.A. Gennert, W.R. Michalson, M.D. Audi, J.L. Center Jr., J.F. Kirk, “Development of a Low-Cost, Self-Contained Combined Vision and Inertial Navigation System”, IEEE Int. Conf. Technologies for Practical Robot Applications, Apr. 2013.
  • C. Lindsay, M.A. Gennert, A. Konik, P. K. Dasari, M.A. King, “Automatic Generation of Digital Anthropomorphic Phantoms from Simulated MRI Acquisitions”, SPIE Medical Imaging Conf., Lake Buena Vista, FL, Feb. 2013.
  • B.P.W. Babu, E.T. Read, J.A. Gostanian, M.A. Gennert, “A Tree-Climbing Robot for Invasive Insect Detection”, Int. Conf. on Climbing and Walking Robots, July 2012.
  • 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, Vol. 23, No. 5, 2011.
  • S. Gu, J.E. McNamara, J. Mitra, H. Gifford, K. Johnson, M.A. Gennert, M.A. King, “Body Deformation Correction for SPECT Imaging”, IEEE Trans. Nuclear Science, Vol. 57, No. 1, pp. 214-224, 2010.

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Professional Highlights

  • Rho Beta Epsilon (Robotics Engineering Honor Society) Excellence in Robotics Engineering Education Award, 2014
  • Tau Beta Pi WPI Outstanding Academic Advisor Award, 1998
  • Senior Member, ACM and IEEE
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