Headshot of Carrick Detweiler
Faculty Fellow

Carrick Detweiler

Focus Areas
Civil & Government Systems
Community Engagement

Dr. Carrick Detweiler is the Susan J. Rosowski Associate Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL), a Faculty Fellow of the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute, a Faculty Fellow of the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center, and has a courtesy appointment in the UNL Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering. Dr. Detweiler co-directs the NIMBUS Lab, working with aerial robots and other robot systems. He is the co-founder and CEO of Drone Amplified, which sells drone-based fire ignition systems.

Dr. Detweiler completed his Ph.D. at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) at MIT, studying computer science and robotics in the Distributed Robotics Lab. His research interests include field robotics, environmental monitoring, agricultural robotics, adaptive sampling, perception, localization, and safety and reliability robots in the wild, with the goal to develop systems and algorithms that enable robots to operate in real world conditions to aid scientists, farmers, and others.


Ph.D., Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, MIT


PytlikZillig, L. M., Walther, J., Detweiler, C., Sebastian, E. & Houston, A. (2019). Public opinions of unmanned aerial technologies in 2014-2019: A technical and descriptive report. University of Nebraska Public Policy Center, Lincoln, NE. Unpublished report. https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1000&context=lpz
Walther, J. C., PytlikZillig, L. M., Detweiler, C., & Houston, A. (2019). How people make sense of drone technology used for atmospheric science (and other purposes). Journal of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems. 7(3), 219-234, https://doi.org/10.1139/juvs-2019-0003.
PytlikZillig, L. M., Duncan, B., Elbaum, S., & Detweiler, C. (2018). A drone by any other name: Purposes, end-user trustworthiness, and framing, but not terminology, affect public support for drones. IEEE Technology & Society Magazine, March, 80-91. Doi: 10.1109/MTS.2018.2795121