Welcome to my research page!

Both as a graduate student and as an undergraduate, I've been involved in a variety of research projects. This page features some of them.

Realtime Tracking With a Pan-Tilt Camera

The human eye is amazingly adept at tracking moving objects. The process is so natural to humans that it happens without any conscious effort. While this remarkable ability depends in part on the human brain's immense processing power, the fast response of the extraocular muscles and the eyeball's light weight are also vital. While even a small point and shoot camera mounted on a servo is typically too heavy to move with the agility of the human eye, a first person view (FPV) camera intended for model airplane use is perfect for the task. Using a small FPV camera coupled with a GPU-based tracking algorithm, we give a computer to track nearly anything we place in front of it with remarkable stability.

The Shaxicon Project

In the summer of 2007, I took on the daunting task of getting my dad's massive Shaxicon database up on the web. The database indexes rare words used by Shakespeare in an effort to understand his thought processes as he wrote the plays that we know and love. The database has been a work in progress for years, and now, at last, it is time to make it available to the public. My part in the project is to build a website which will support both simple searching and more complex statistical analysis of the database.

The Shaxicon Website