I am interested in furthering the state of the art in self-driving vehicle technology. During my MASc, I focused heavily on perception components including object detection and tracking while attempting to gain a better understanding of the entire autonomy stack. I was the Team Lead of aUToronto - U of T's self-driving car team from May 2017 to June 2020 during which time we placed first at the Year 1, Year 2, and Year 3 competitions. I remain a technical advisor to the team. For my PhD research, I am exploring the extension of the operational capabilities of self-driving vehicles towards inclement weather conditions such as rain and snow through the application of radar. I am also interested in the the general area of prediction which includes predicting the motion of traffic participants.



  • AER1514: Introduction to Mobile Robotics - Teaching Assistant (Winter 2019)
  • ROB301: Introduction to Robotics - Teaching Assistant (Fall 2020)


Journal and Magazine Articles

  1. Burnett, Keenan and Qian, Jingxing and Du, Xintong and Liu, Linqiao and Yoon, David J. and Shen, Tianchang and Sun, Susan and Samavi, Sepehr and Sorocky, Michael J. and Bianchi, Mollie and Zhang, Kaicheng and Arkhangorodsky, Arkady and Sykora, Quinlan and Lu, Shichen and Huang, Yizhou and Schoellig, Angela P. and Barfoot, Timothy D. "Zeus: A system description of the two-time winner of the collegiate SAE autodrive competition." Journal of Field Robotics, 38(1):139–166, 2021. doi: 10.1002/rob.21958 (arXiv:2004.08752 [cs.RO]) (Video)
  2. Burnett, Keenan and Schoellig, Angela P. and Barfoot, Timothy D. "Do We Need to Compensate for Motion Distortion and Doppler Effects in Spinning Radar Navigation?" Robotics and Automation Letters, 6(2):771–778, 2021. doi: 10.1109/LRA.2021.3052439 (arXiv:2011.03512 [cs.RO]), presented at ICRA 2021. (Video1) (Video2) (Code)

Conference Papers

  1. Keenan Burnett*, David J. Yoon*, Angela P. Schoellig, and Timothy D. Barfoot "Radar Odometry Combining Probabilistic Estimation and Unsupervised Feature Learning." To be presented at Robotics: Science and Systems 2021. arXiv:2105.14152 [cs.RO]. (Code).
  2. Burnett, Keenan and Samavi, Sepehr and Waslander, Steven and Barfoot, Timothy and Schoellig, Angela "aUToTrack: A Lightweight Object Detection and Tracking System for the SAE AutoDrive Challenge." In Proceedings of the 16th Conference on Computer and Robot Vision (CRV). Kingston, ON, Canada. May 2019. arXiv:1905.08758 [cs.RO]. Video.
  3. Burnett, Keenan and Schimpe, Andreas and Samavi, Sepehr and Gridseth, Mona and Liu, Chengzhi Winston and Li, Qiyang and Kroeze, Zachary and Schoellig, Angela P "Building a Winning Self-Driving Car in Six Months." In Proceedings of the International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA). Montreal, QC, Canada. May 2019. arXiv:1811.01273 [cs.RO]. Video.