Brian Axelrod studies robotics with the Learning and Intelligent Systems group at MIT. He is active on the MIT cycling team and East Campus. He has had numerous internships and has worked at NASA Ames Research Center, Softigent, Willow Garage, National Robotics Engineering Center, Google Robotics, and Microsoft Research. He has worked all kinds of robotic systems. He has figured out how to get good data out of bad sensors, control high-speed robot arms, developed new algorithms precisely track movement using only camera images, and taught robots how to interact with densely packed environments safely and at high speeds. At Microsoft Research, he has helped develop a method that allows robots to check that their actions are safe and is currently working making robots understand how to gather information that is necessary for them to reach their goals.