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Russell Perkins

Graduate Research Assistant

Francis College of Engineering
Center for Advanced Computation and Telecommunications (CACT), Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests

Underwater Multi-Agent Cooperative Communication: In order to improve the communication between a transmitter and a receiver a robotic swarm, utilizing a particle swarm optimization algorithm, searches a pre-defined space for the position with the lowest SNR. After the position is located the swarm member with the lowest recorded noise level acts as a relay between the transmitter and the receiver.

LiDAR and PiCam Image Fusion: Combined the distance information provided by a TurtleBOT LiDAR with an image from a PiCam by encoding the distance information in each pixel of the image. This resulted in an 2D image which would display the distance of every object from the camera.


  • Ph.D. Student in Electrical Engineering, University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • MS in Electrical Engineering, University of Massachusetts Lowell, 2020
  • BS in Electrical Engineering, University of Massachusetts Lowell, 2018
  • BS in Political Science, University of Massachusetts Lowell, 2004

Selected Awards and Honors

  • UMass Lowell Dean’s List
  • Dr. Homer Stryker Ring Award
  • Bronze Star
  • Purple Heart
  • Army Commendation Medal for Valor

Affiliated Clubs and Organizations