Kevin Black Email | Google Scholar | GitHub | LinkedIn

Kevin Black Email | Google Scholar | GitHub | LinkedIn

Hi, I'm Kevin. I'm currently a PhD student at Berkeley AI advised by Professor Sergey Levine. I am graciously supported by the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

Previously, I graduated from UT Austin where I worked with Professor Scott Niekum. Before that, I worked on the Seeker mission as part of the Texas Spacecraft Laboratory. I was a member of the Turing Scholars and Dean's Scholars honors programs.

Previously, I graduated from UT Austin where I worked with Professor Scott Niekum. Before that, I worked on the Seeker mission as part of the Texas Spacecraft Laboratory. I was a member of the Turing Scholars and Dean's Scholars honors programs.

Publications

Training Diffusion Models with Reinforcement Learning

K. Black, M. Janner, Y. Du, I. Kostrikov, and S. Levine

Preprint (under review).

Flight-Ready, Non-Cooperative Spacecraft Pose Estimation Using Monocular Imagery

K. Black, S. Shankar, D. Fonseka, J. Deutsch, A. Dhir, and M. R. Akella

31st AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, 2021.

A Pipeline for Vision-Based On-Orbit Proximity Operations Using Deep Learning and Synthetic Imagery

C. Schubert, K. Black, D. Fonseka, A. Dhir, J. Deutsch, N. Dhamani, G. Martin, and M. R. Akella

2021 IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2021.

Projects

Starfish

Starfish

Generates synthetic training data for deep learning computer vision tasks using Blender

OPAT

OPAT

A simple web-based Object Pose Annotation Tool for manually annotating images with 6D pose information

FPGA Flight Controller

FPGA Flight Controller

A working quadcopter flight controller written in SystemVerilog and deployed to an FPGA

Vortex

Vortex

An automated 911 call handler intended for disaster relief scenarios that uses natural language processing to cluster calls by incident (HackMIT 2019)

Syntype

Syntype

A smart typing trainer for programmers that learns from the user in real time and targets more difficult patterns (HackDFW 2019)

Copykey

Copykey

Turns an image of a key into a working 3D-printed copy (HackTX 2018)

Hovercraft

Hovercraft

A nationals-winning device built for the Science Olympiad high school competition

Wireless Encrypted Voice Communication

Wireless Encrypted Voice Communication

A 32-bit microcontroller applet from my summer 2017 internship at Silicon Labs (high school)

lasa.us

lasa.us

A website and custom content management system created for my high school

ManaTEAMS

ManaTEAMS

An Android app allowing Austin ISD students to easily check their grades