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Department of Computer Science

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Kris Hauser is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and holds Affiliate appointments in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering. He received his PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University in 2008, bachelor's degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics from UC Berkeley in 2003, and worked as a postdoctoral fellow at UC Berkeley. He then joined the faculty at Indiana University from 2009-2014, where he started the Intelligent Motion Lab, and then joined the faculty of Duke University from 2014-2019. Prof. Hauser is a recipient of a Stanford Graduate Fellowship, Siebel Scholar Fellowship, Best Paper Award at IEEE International Conference on Humanoid Robots 2015, the NSF CAREER award, and three Amazon Research Awards. He also works as a consultant for Google's autonomous driving company, Waymo.



Research interests include open-world robotics, robot motion planning and control, and semi-autonomous systems, with applications to intelligent vehicles, robotic manipulation, robot-assisted medicine, and legged locomotion.

More information can be found on the Intelligent Motion Lab website...

Selected Publications

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Information for Prospective Students

Information for Reviewers

Reviewers are the unsung heroes of the academic enterprise. Although I would prefer that reviewers be fairly compensated by journals and conferences, that doesn't seem like it will happen any time soon. As a small consolation, my standing policy is that if you perform a review for me, I will happily treat you to to a drink or lunch as a token of thanks for your service. Meet me in person (e.g., at a conference) to redeem this offer!

Blog posts and other musings

Prof. Hauser is an avowed atheist, humanist, and socialist. He is a member of the Freedom From Religion Foundation and The Satanic Temple. In his free time he enjoys rock climbing, skiing, diving, and spending quality time with his family and their two Great Danes.



Robotic Systems Book, working draft
HTML format Source and interactive Jupyter notebook
Klamp't overview slides
Introduction Motion Planning Simulation and Control
These have been mostly superseded by the official documentation (C++, Python).
Why does the Metropolis-Hastings procedure satisfy the detailed balance criterion? pdf