Laura Herlant


about Me.

Hello there! My name is Laura Herlant. I’m a passionate machine learning an artificial intelligence research scientist.

I got my start in ML and AI through the application of robotics. Through my PhD at Carnegie Mellon University in robotics I was exposed to robotic manipulation, control theory, planning, and computer vision. At the crux of many breakthroughs in each of these domains is machine learning (and often deep learning). Through hands-on applications during my time as a Sr. Robotics Research Scientist at iRobot, I have had the opportunity to transition ML and AI algorithms from research to production at scale over the past several years.

Deep Learning

Tensorflow 1.X & 2.0
ray, tune, rllib


Python 2/3
C and C++

Soft Skills

Agile Development
Excellent Communicator
Recruiting and Interviewing




Ph.D. in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon
B.E. in Computer Engineering from Georgia Tech

8+ years on the job

Years of hand-on, relevant, post-baccalaureate experience


Google Hertz Foundation Fellowship
NSF Fellowship


My Blog

Get a sense of how I spend my free time
InEffective Python Limericks – Ch 1
I’ve started reading “Effective Python” (2nd ed) by Brett Slatkin. As a fun exercise and inspired by listening to NPR’s “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me” way too late at night, I wrote these limerick…

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Don't be shy, I'm always happy to meet new people.


About me

Passionate to make a difference, excited by technology

Where to find me

Presently in the greater Boston area, but the world is a wide place

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