P.C. Rossin College of
Engineering and Applied Science

John R. Spletzer

Associate Professor
Room 106, Building C
113 Research Drive
Mountaintop Campus
Bethlehem, PA 18015

Phone Number: 
(610) 758-5783
John R. Spletzer

Areas of Research

Intelligent Vehicle Systems
Assistive Technologies
Autonomous Intelligent Systems and Robotics


Dr. John Spletzer is an associate professor of computer science and engineering and heads up the VADER Laboratory. His research interests include intelligent vehicle systems, assistive technologies, and multi-robot systems.

The VADER Lab serves as an inter-disciplinary research center focused on advancing the field of applied robotics with an emphasis on: assistive technologies, vision-aided robotics, and multi-agent systems. VADER welcomes students with backgrounds stemming from a multitude of disciplines, including (but certainly not limited to) computer science and engineering, mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering.

Dr. Spletzer teaches courses in mobile robotics and real-time image processing, and also serve as the instructor for both the Computer Science and Computer Engineering senior design courses. His research is funded by the National Science Foundation, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, and private corporations including Freedom Sciences, LLC., Lockheed Martin, and Thales Communications, Inc.


Ph.D., Computer and Information Science, University of Pennsylvania
M.S., Computer and Information Science, University of Pennsylvania
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Temple University