Edward Schmerling

Ed Schmerling is a roboticist pursuing a Ph.D. with the Institute for Computational & Mathematical Engineering at Stanford University. He received a B.S. in Mathematics (with Honors) and Physics from Stanford in 2010.

Ed’s research interests span questions in robot motion planning and decision making under uncertainty -— how to model a robot’s interaction with its (possibly-sentient) environment, how to efficiently plan actions by closing the loop on only the most relevant data to the task at hand, how to quantify/certify the performance of these algorithms.

In a previous life, Ed was a captain and coach of the Stanford Prison Experiment, the men’s ultimate frisbee B-team and a force to be feared in regional competition. Nowadays he’s hung up the cleats unless rival labs are looking to further their higher education.


  • Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship (2015)

Currently at Waymo Research