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William H. Sanders
Department Head
306 N. Wright Street
Urbana, IL 61801
Ph: (217) 333-2300
Fax: (217) 244-7075

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Steven M. LaValle

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Steven M. LaValle
Steven M. LaValle
  • Computer Science
3318 Siebel Center for Comp Sci
201 N. Goodwin Ave.
Urbana Illinois 61801
(217) 265-6313

Administrative Titles

  • Coordinator of Graduate Admission and Advancement, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science


  • Computer Science

Primary Research Area

  • Control - Robotics


Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois, 1995

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Research Statement

Professor LaValle is interested primarily in the design of planning algorithms. His focus is mainly on problems that involve continuous spaces, complicated geometric constraints, differential constraints, and/or sensing uncertainties. Such problems are fundamental in areas such as robotics, computer graphics, architectural design, and computational biology. The planning techniques developed in his research group build on literature from robotics, algorithms, computational geometry, artificial intelligence and control theory.

In addition to algorithm design, Professor LaValle is interested both in theoretical analysis and practical implementation issues. To stimulate the use of planning algorithms in research, education, and industry, he developed the Motion Strategy Library (MSL) together with his students.

Research Interests

Robotics, sensing, motion planning, cyber-physical systems, control theory, computational geometry, artificial intelligence, computational biology, computer vision, computer graphics.

Research Areas

  • Computer vision and pattern recognition
  • Control
  • Multi-agent systems and robot control
  • Robotics