I am a second-year Ph.D. student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) working with Professor Daniela Rus in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). My current research interests predominantly lie in theoretical aspects of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. More specifically, I am interested in optimization, statistical inference, and machine learning. My current research pertains to developing algorithms for monitoring events in unknown, time-varying environments. In general, my research is in the realm of developing and analyzing computationally-efficient algorithms with favorable theoretical guarantees.

Prior to joining MIT, I earned my B.S. in Computer Science and Mathematics from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). During my time at UNC, I worked with Professor Ron Alterovitz in conducting research on concentric tube medical robots within the Computational Robotics Group. Additionally, I worked on the Participatory Route Planning (PRP) with Professor Ming Lin project as part of the GAMMA Group. I also worked with Professor Gary Bishop and conducted research on novel Enabling Technologies to facilitate learning for visually impaired students.


  1. Cenk Baykal, Guy Rosman, Sebastian Claici, and Daniela Rus, “Persistent Surveillance of Events with Unknown, Time-varying Statistics,” in IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), May 2017 PDF.
  2. Cenk Baykal, Guy Rosman, Kyle Kotowick, Mark Donahue, and Daniela Rus, "Persistent Surveillance of Events with Unknown Rate Statistics," in Workshop on the Algorithmic Foundations of Robotics (WAFR), Dec. 2016 PDF (supp, video).
  3. Cenk Baykal, Luis G. Torres, and Ron Alterovitz, "Optimizing Design Parameters for Sets of Concentric Tube Robots using Sampling-based Motion Planning," in Proc. IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), Sep. 2015, pp. 4381-4387 PDF.
  4. David Wilkie, Cenk Baykal, and Ming Lin, "Participatory Route Planning" in Proc. International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems (ACM SIGSPATIAL), November 2014 PDF.
  5. Luis G. Torres, Cenk Baykal, and Ron Alterovitz, "Interactive-rate Motion Planning for Concentric Tube Robots," in Proc. IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), May 2014, pp. 1915-1921 PDF.


My CV is accessible here (last updated: 02/2017).


My office is located at 32-376 Ray and Maria Stata Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139. The best way to get in touch with me is via email: baykal@mit.edu. You can also find me on other sites listed below.