Matthew Hale Ph.D. and Maegan Tucker, Ph.D.

The Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) is excited to welcome two new faculty members for the start of the 2024 Spring semester. Matthew Hale and Maegan Tucker are both Georgia Tech alumni who bring exciting and distinctive research interests spanning computational intelligence, machine learning, robotics, and beyond.

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Matthew Hale, Ph.D.

Matthew Hale

Associate Professor

Matthew Hale, Ph.D., returns to his alma mater after more than six years at the University of Florida as an assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering. Upon graduating summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S.E. in electrical engineering, Hale came to Georgia Tech where he went on to get his M.S. and Ph.D. in computer and electrical engineering.

His research interests span a wide range of computational decision systems, and his recent work has focused on multi-agent control and optimization, private and deceptive decision-making, and applications of these methods to swarms of robots. His research works to unify the underlying mathematics of computation, communication, and control to provide strong analytical guarantees of system performance, alongside experiments that demonstrate that performance

His teaching and research are held in high regard, as recognized by the NSF Career Award, Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program Award, and Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Program Award, in addition to various teaching and research awards from the University of Florida.

Autonomy as a field has garnered great interest recently, and it is an exciting time to be involved with developing new autonomous systems and integrating them into the world around us. The reach of autonomy has extended into many areas across engineering disciplines, and looking ahead I am most excited about collaborative and cross-disciplinary work in the field. For this reason (and many more), I am beyond excited to return to Georgia Tech as a faculty member and become a part of the on-campus community that is driving cutting edge research in autonomy and its many related fields.
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Maegan Tucker, Ph.D.

Maegan Tucker

Assistant Professor

As a 2017 bachelor’s degree graduate in mechanical engineering, Tucker comes back to the Institute after receiving her master’s degree and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the California Institute of Technology. Along with her role in ECE, she will also have an appointment in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering.

With passions for prosthetics and helping people with lower limb mobility, Tucker will conduct research through her new DynaMo Lab at GT to explore what she terms "the science of walking", with specific attention towards developing rehabilitation techniques that are clinically beneficial for real patients.

Her goal is to develop and unify techniques from both nonlinear control theory and machine learning to systematically achieve stable, comfortable, robust, and rehabilitative robotic-assisted locomotion on lower-limb assistive devices for individuals with motor impairments.

Georgia Tech was where I first developed my passion for research and innovation, so I'm thrilled to be back! I hope to pay it forward and help the next generation of students pursue their passions.

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