Carl Mueller


Currently, I am senior member of CAIRO lab at CU Boulder, advised by Professor Bradley Hayes. I also helped co-found a technology startup called Lightning in a Bot, which developed the Shoppy Bot product, a novel reporting software for ecommerce businesses.

A Brief History Of Time

In the summer of 2007, I left my home state of Massachusetts and moved to California to attend the University of California - Santa Barbara. After graduating in 2011 with a B.S. in Biopsychology, I was fortunate to be hired by QualTek Molecular Laboratories where I worked for three years as a research scientist. During my time in CA, I developed a keen interest in neuroscience and an obsession with computing technology and theory. I also co-founded of Lightning in a Bot, Inc with a good friend. We got our start as a natural language UI-driven business analytics company and expanded to custom software development. Running a company was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life, but I knew I wanted to learn more about computer science and about technologies designed to work with human beings. I made my way to Boulder, Colorado and started my PhD in Robotics / Human-Robot Interaction.

Early morning view of the Flatirons after a healthy snowfall.

From the top of Flagstaff road. Magical Boulder.

When I'm not yelling at robots...

I love to mountain bike. While I enjoy road cycling, gravel, and cyclocross, mountain biking is absolutely the most fun thing in the world.

CU Boulder Short Track Racing.

Trying not to die at Pueblo State Park.

I recently picked up snowboarding a couple of years ago, but it gets more and more fun each season. The views in the CO mountains are unreal.

The summit of Arapahoe Basin, one of my favorite places on earth.

I also enjoy cooking, playing bass guitar, watching movies, and Boston sports.

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