Robert is a junior computer science student interested in algorithms and automation. During the CS freshman design sequence, Rob led a team of 6 students that designed and built an airborne, semi-autonomous system capable of detecting windows in a building’s façade (a first step towards automated window washing). As a STAR scholar, guided by Ryan Kaliszewski (then a member of Drexel’s math department), Rob developed and coded an algorithm for obtaining the chromatic symmetric function of certain graphs. During his second and third years, through an independent study and a co-op, Rob researched with the Drexel Wireless Systems Lab’s Bellyband project under the direction of Bill Mongan (CS Lead Researcher) and Kapil Dandekar (PI). The project aims to develop a wireless, powerless alternative to the wired respiration sensors using RFID, smart garments, and signal processing. Rob developed a novel algorithm for detecting respiration rate from Bellyband’s signal. The adaptive algorithm reduced the respiration rate detection error by 90%. The system will enter clinical trials this month. After graduating, Rob intends to pursue a PhD focused on algorithms and automation.
Last updated: April 2018
Drexel CCI Computer Science Student Robert Ross Named 2018 Goldwater Scolar- April 2018