“What brought me to UB? I interviewed at a lot of places and I was figuring out whether or not I wanted to stay in academic or go out west to some of the robotics companies after I did my postdoc, and when I came to UB it was just an incredibly friendly and supportive atmosphere that I got from the [Computer Science and Engineering] department. That’s really important in research, where even though other people and other professors are not directly in your area, there’s a lot of exchange of ideas that is realty important in order to do good research."