Isler’s research focuses on three core areas: robotics (specifically algorithmic foundations and field and service robotics, in particular agricultural automation and consumer robots), computer vision (specifically 3D reconstruction, pose estimation, and mapping), and geometric algorithms (specifically pursuit-evasion games and sensor planning).
Ph.D. in Computer and Information Science, University of Pennsylvania (2004) M.S.E. in Computer and Information Science, University of Pennsylvania (2000) B.S. in Computer Engineering, Bogazici University (1999)
Volkan Isler joined the Department of Computer Science & Engineering as an assistant professor in 2008. He was promoted to the rank of professor in 2017. His lab, the Robotic Sensor Networks Lab, works on algorithmic foundations of robotics and their applications to agricultural and consumer robots. Isler was named a McKnight Land-Grant Professor from 2010-12 and earned the National Science Foundation’s CAREER Award in 2008. Prior to joining the Department, he served as a postdoctoral researcher from 2004-05 at the University of California, Berkeley and was an assistant professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute from 2005-08.
Selected Grants Agricultural Weed Control Using Autonomous Mowers- Phase 2 Buchanan, E. S., Chaplin, J., Isler, V. I. & Sattar, J.; LEGISLATIVE-CITIZEN COMMISSION ON MN RES; 7/1/19 - 6/30/23
Collaborative Research: NRI: INT: Dense 3D Reconstruction of Dynamic Actors in Natural Environments using Multiple Flying Cameras Park, H. S. & Isler, V. I.; National Science Foundation; 10/1/20 - 9/30/23
S&AS: FND: Context-Aware Active Data Gathering for Complex Outdoor Environments Zhao, C. & Isler, V. I.; National Science Foundation; 2/1/19 - 1/31/24
RI: Small: Network Formation for Multi-Robot Systems Isler, V. I.; National Science Foundation; 9/1/16 - 8/31/22