Hello! My name is Adam Hall, and I am jointly doing my PhD in the Dynamic Systems Lab (DSL) and the Space & Terrestrial Autonomous Robotic Systems (STARS) lab at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies, under the co-supervision of Angela Schoellig and Jonathan Kelly. I’m currently exploring how to combine machine learning with classical control theory to help robots safely improve their performance over time.
Before starting my graduate school journey, I received a B.Sc.Eng in engineering physics and a B.Sc in chemistry (I really like nanotech and supramolecular chemistry), from Queen’s University. I was also the technical lead on Queen’s Space Engineering Team during my final two years. I then worked for two years at MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) doing space missions operations analysis for the Canadarm2 and Dextre on the International Space Station. I then spent a year in the San Francisco Bay Area working jointly with MDA and Space Systems Loral (now MAXAR), working on Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites, Dragonfly, and some internal R&D projects. Apart from robotics, I enjoy canoeing, hiking, and getting pucks shot at my face (I’m an ice hockey goalie…).