Core Faculty:

Atkins, Ella

Professor, Aerospace Engineering

Fault-tolerant sensing, reasoning, and acting to support safe, autonomous flight. Director of the Autonomous Aerospace Systems Lab, focusing on software-enabled autonomous flight with platforms including Flying Fish, Solar Sight, and flapping and fixed-wing craft endowed with comprehensive embedded aerodynamic sensing.

Faculty Profile | Autonomous Aerospace Systems (A2Sys) Lab Website | YouTube Video

Barton, Kira

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Learning, precision coordination and motion control for multi agent systems with applications for manufacturing and autonomous robots, cooperative and vision-based control for autonomous robotic systems.

Faculty Profile | Lab Website

Dimitry Berenson

Berenson, Dmitry

Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Creation/development of algorithms that allow robots to interact with the world and collaborate efficiently with people. Drawing on ideas in search, optimization, control theory, and topology to develop these planning algorithms and to prove their properties.

Faculty Profile | Faculty Website

Cynthia Chestek

Chestek, Cynthia

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Implantable brain machine interfaces, neural control of prosthetic limbs and other assistive technology.

Faculty Profile | Chestek Lab

Jason Corso

Corso, Jason

Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Computer vision, cognitive system learning, robot interaction, mapping, tabletop robotics.

Faculty Profile | Faculty Website

Eustice, Ryan

Associate Professor, Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

Computer vision and image processing, Bayesian filtering and smoothing, simultaneous localization and mapping.

Faculty Profile | Perceptual Robotics Laboratory

Peter Gaskell

Gaskell, Peter

Lecturer, Robotics Institute

Peter Gaskell is a Research & Development Engineer for the Robotics Institute and a laboratory instructor for ROB550 Robotics Systems Laboratory course. In addition to teaching, he designs and builds robotics platforms for both education and research. He has worked in a wide array of research labs in diverse fields such as Astrophysics, Atomic Optics, Nanoelectronics, Materials Science and Robotics. He is the co-founder and principle designer for a professional audio company and has designed equipment used to record multiple Grammy Award winning albums. He is also on the technical advisory board for a Montréal based start-up focused on using nanomaterials to improve sound quality and efficiency of transducers for the consumer electronics industry. He holds a BS in Physics from the University of Oregon, and earned his MEng and PhD in Electrical Engineering from McGill University where his dissertation focussed on advanced nanomaterials for lithium-ion electric vehicle batteries.

Deanna Gates

Gates, Deanna

Assistant Professor, Movement Science; Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Powered prostheses; human-robot interaction; outcomes assessment;
3-d movement analysis.

Faculty Profile | Faculty Website

Gillespie, Brent

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Physical human-robot interaction, haptic interface, wearable robots.

Faculty Profile | HaptiX Lab

Grizzle, Jessy

Director of the Robotics Institute; Elmer G. Gilbert Distinguished University Professor; Jerry and Carol Levin Professor of Engineering; Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

Bipedal locomotion, feedback control, nonlinear systems, CPS for robots and automotive systems.

Faculty Profile | Profile Story | Faculty Website | Control Systems Laboratory | Dynamic Leg Locomotion YouTube Channel

Odest Chadwicke Jenkins

Jenkins, Chad

Associate Professor, Computer Science and Engineering

Mobile manipulation, computer vision, interactive robot systems, human-robot interaction.

Faculty Profile | Faculty Website | On National Geographic Live

Johnson-Roberson, Matthew

Assistant Professor, Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

Computer vision, field robotics, 3D reconstruction.

Faculty Profile | Deep Robot Optical Perception Lab Website | YouTube Playlist

Koren, Yoram

James J. Duderstadt Distinguished University Professor (emeritus); Professor (emeritus), Mechanical Engineering

Manufacturing system automation, adaptive control, mobile autonomous robots, semi-autonomous wheelchairs, navigation for blind users.

Faculty Profile | Faculty Website | NSF Engineering Research Center for Reconfigurable Manufacturing Systems | CARMEL Robot featured on CNN

C. Krishnan

Krishnan, Chandramouli

Assistant Professor, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (Kinesiology), Biomedical Engineering

Rehabilitation robotics, passive robots, wearable and mobile devices, low-cost technologies, neural plasticity, motor control.

Faculty Profile | NeuRRo Lab

Benjamin Kuipers

Kuipers, Benjamin

Professor, Computer Science and Engineering

Representation, learning, and using foundational domains of commonsense knowledge, including space, objects, actions, and morality and ethics.

Faculty Profile | Faculty Website | Intelligent Robotics Lab | The Conversation: Ethical Robots

Olson, Edwin

Computer Science and Engineering

Machine perception, clustering and classification, tracking, navigation, planning, and map building. Director of APRIL and leader of Team Michigan which recently won the 2010 MAGIC competition.

Faculty Profile | APRIL Robotics Laboratory | Meet Prof. Olson Video

Ozay, Necmiye

Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Control, optimization and formal methods with applications in cyber-physical system design, system identification, verification and validation, autonomy and vision.

Faculty Profile | Faculty Website

Dimitra Panagou

Panagou, Dimitra

Assistant Professor, Aerospace Engineering

Motion planning, coordination and control; robotic networks; autonomous multi-vehicle systems; nonlinear systems and control; navigation and guidance; distributed/decentralized control; dynamic coverage.

Faculty Profile | Faculty Website

Remy, C. David

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

The Robotics and Motion Laboratory studies the design, optimization, and control of legged robots, rehabilitation devices, and other systems that exhibit natural dynamic motions.

Faculty Profile | Robotics and Motion Laboratory | Prof. Remy on Saturday Morning Physics

Revzen, Shai

Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Study of bio-inspired robotics and new methods and mechanisms for control. Scientific study of animal and human locomotion based on nonlinear dynamical systems, and application to design of legged robotic vehicles and other devices.

Faculty Profile | Biologically Inspired Robotics and Dynamical Systems Lab

Lionel Robert

Robert, Lionel

Associate Professor of Information, School of Information

Autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles, human-robot interaction, teamwork with robots, collaborative autonomous robots, teleoperation, human-autonomy/robot interaction. By way of introduction, I am an Associate Professor in the School of Information (UMSI) at the University of Michigan and a core faculty member of Michigan Robotics (Robotics). I am the director of the Michigan Autonomous Vehicle Research Intergroup Collaboration (MAVRIC). I am also an affiliate of the Michigan Interactive and Social Computing (MISC) Research Group. My research in the area of human robot collaboration typically involves understanding how to facilitate more effective collaborations between humans and robots. Below you will find links to my two areas of study as they relate to human robot collaborations along with several grants and funded research projects associated with both areas.

Robotics Research Areas:

Area 1: Teamwork with Robotics

Area 2: Human Autonomous Vehicle Interaction

Faculty Profile | Faculty Website

Rouse, Elliott

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Precision machine design, development of robotic prostheses / exoskeletons, estimation of limb and joint mechanical impedance, neural control of locomotion, biomechanics.

Faculty Profile | Neurobionics Lab

Sarter, Nadine

Professor, Industrial and Operations Engineering

Design and evaluation of multimodal (including touch) displays, human error and error management, attention/interruption management, and the design of decision support systems. Wide range of application domains, including aerospace operations, military operations, medicine, and car cockpits.

Faculty Profile | The Human-Automation Interaction and Cognition Laboratory | Brief video lecture

Tilbury, Dawn

Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Control of manufacturing systems, teleoperation of small ground robots, shared control of robots between humans and autonomy, human-robot interaction.

Faculty Profile | Tilbury Research Group

Ulsoy, Galip

C.D. Mote Jr. Distinguished University Professor; William Clay Ford Professor of Manufacturing Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Deputy Director, NSF Engineering Research Center for Reconfigurable Machining Systems

Modeling, analysis and control of mechanical systems, including vehicle and robot control.

Faculty Profile | Faculty Website | Automotive Research Center | Prof. Ulsoy's YouTube Channel

Ram Vasudevan

Vasudevan, Ram

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Optimization and control of nonlinear and hybrid dynamical systems, locomotion of legged robots, shared control active safety systems, techniques to automate diagnostic and rehabilitative tasks.

Faculty Profile | Robotics and Optimization for Analysis of Human Motion Lab

Affiliate Faculty:

Awtar, Shorya

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Precision engineering; mechatronics; flexure mechanisms; high-precision high-bandwidth motion systems for applications in nanometrology and nanomanufacturing; MEMS sensors and actuators; minimally invasive surgery.

Faculty Profile | Precision Systems Design Laboratory | YouTube Video

Baveja, Satinder Singh

Professor, Computer Science and Engineering

Reinforcement learning and planning approaches to building artificial agents that can learn from experience to act autonomously in complex, stochastic, and partially-known environments.

Faculty Profile | Faculty Website | YouTube Course

James Cutler

Cutler, James

Associate Professor, Aerospace Engineering

Robotic exploration of space with emphasis on design optimization, sensor systems, communication networks, and novel nanosatellite missions.

Faculty Profile | Michigan Exploration Laboratory

Deng, Jia

Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Engineering

Computer vision, machine learning, human computation, image and video understanding, big visual data.

Faculty Profile | Faculty Website

Zhao Ding

Ding, Zhao

Assistant Research Scientist, Mechanical Engineering

Autonomous vehicles, smart/connected transportation, traffic safety and rare event analysis, human machine interaction, dynamics and control, machine learning, and big data analysis.

Faculty Profile | Faculty Website

Durfee, Ed

Professor, Computer Science and Engineering; Co-director, Technology Increasing Knowledge: Technology Optimizing Choice (TIKTOC), U-M Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center

Intelligent coordination among multiple autonomous and semi-autonomous systems. Director of the Robotics and Autonomous Vehicles (RAV) M. Eng. Degree program at Integrative Systems + Design Division (ISD).

Faculty Profile | Distributed Intelligent Agents Group Website | YouTube Video

Tulga Ersal

Ersal, Tulga

Associate Research Scientist, Mechanical Engineering

Autonomous vehicles, teleoperation, system dynamics and control, multibody dynamics, energy management, mathematical modeling.

Faculty Profile | Faculty Website

Girard, Anouck

Associate Professor, Aerospace Engineering

Nonlinear control and systems engineering with applications to unmanned vehicle systems, and Director of the Michigan/AFRL Collaborative Center in Control Sciences.

Faculty Profile | Aerospace, Robotics, and Controls (ARC) Laboratory

Griffin, Brent

Assistant Research Scientist, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Active perception, bipedal locomotion, control optimization and signal processing, computer vision.

Faculty Profile | Brent's Website

Jin, Judy

Professor, Industrial and Operations Engineering

Statistical methods for quality and reliability engineering with the focus on distributed sensing, dynamic system modeling, online monitoring and diagnosis, and optimal decision-making for improving system design, operations, and maintenance strategies.

Faculty Profile | Faculty Website

Kamat, Vineet

Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Collaborative autonomous robots for construction, inspection, and maintenance of civil infrastructure.

Faculty Profile | Laboratory for Interactive Visualization in Engineering (LIVE) | YouTube Channel

Stephane Lafortune

Lafortune, Stephane

Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

System and control theory; discrete event systems; cyber-physical systems. Supervisory control, fault diagnosis, security and privacy in control systems. Formal methods of control. Application to automated and autonomous systems, multi-agent systems, software systems, and computer systems.

Laird, John

John L. Tishman Professor of Engineering; Professor, Computer Science and Engineering

Autonomous intelligent robots, integration of robotic and cognitive architecture, interactive task learning.

Faculty Profile | Faculty Website

Walter Lasecki

Lasecki, Walter

Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Engineering; Assistant Professor, School of Information

Crowdsourcing, human computation, Human-in-the-Loop Robotics, intelligent systems and scene understanding and annotation.

Faculty Profile | Faculty Website

Hong Lak Lee

Lee, Honglak

Morris Wellman Faculty Development Assistant Professor; Professor, Computer Science and Engineering

Artificial intelligence, signal and image processing, robotics and computer vision.

Faculty Profile | Faculty Website

Lee, SangHyun

Associate Professor and John L. Tishman Faculty Scholar, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Human Robot Collaboration in Construction, Markerless Motion Capture, Brain Robot Interface

Faculty Profile | Dynamic Project Management

Wes Mcgee

McGee, Wes

Assistant Professor, Architecture and Material Performance (Architecture and Urban Planning)

Robotic applications in architecture and construction, large-scale digital fabrication, offline simulation tool development, online control and sensing, algorithmic and parametric design workflows.

Faculty Profile | matterdesign website

Ms. Rada Mihalcea

Mihalcea, Rada

Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Natural language processing, computational social sciences, multimodal tracking and understanding of human behavior. Human-Robot interaction.

Faculty Website

Mark Moldwin

Moldwin, Mark

Professor, Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering

Magnetometer and integrated sensor development for localization and navigation, with applications for indoor, underground, underwater and other GPS denied environments.

Faculty Profile | Faculty Website

Mower Provost, Emily

Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Engineering

Audio-visual modeling of human behavior focusing on emotion. Focus on assistive speech-based technologies.

Faculty Profile | Computational Human-Centered Analysis and Integration Laboratory Website

Lauro Lojeda

Ojeda, Lauro

Assistant Research Scientist, Mechanical Engineering

Research interests include mobile robotics, position estimation, sensor fusion, simulation , adaptive systems, control systems and digital signal processing. This research enables projects in the fields of accurate localization and tracking systems for mobile robots and humans.

Faculty Profile | Faculty Website

Oldham, Kenn

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Design, fabrication, dynamics, sensing, and control of microscale systems, including autonomous, millimeter-scale micro-robots.

Faculty Profile | Microdynamics Laboratory: Microsystems

Orosz, Gabor

Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Connected and automated vehicles, ground robots, networks and complex systems, nonlinear dynamics and control, time-delay systems.

Faculty Profile | Faculty Website | Video: Ground Robotics Experiment

Peng, Huei

Roger L. McCarthy Professor; Professor, Mechanical Engineering; US Director, US-China Clean Energy Research Center-Clean Vehicle Consortium

Adaptive and optimal control, particularly for energy systems, including hybrid vehicles and small robots.

Faculty Profile | Faculty Website | U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center | Prof. Peng speaks at Robotics Day 2014

Reed, Matthew

University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute; Research Professor, Industrial and Operations Engineering

Human motion tracking and simulation; grasp modeling; computational modeling of perception, cognition, and motor action; driving monitoring and simulation.

Faculty Profile | Faculty Website

Jennifer Robertson

Robertson, Jennifer

Professor, Anthropology and History of Art (LSA)

Human-robot coexistence and interaction, especially as visualized and practiced in Japan (and East Asia more generally); robot rights vs. human rights; robot ethics; robot design; gendering robots and robot gender (especially humanoids); robot therapy and robot caregivers.

Faculty Profile

Stein, Jeffrey

Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Associate Director, Automotive Research Center

Systems and control including machine design, control, monitoring, and diagnostics; physical system modeling; automated modeling; bond graph theory; proper modeling of active suspensions; proper vehicle handling and ride models; high efficiency dynamic formulations for vehicle dynamics.

Faculty Profile | Automotive Research Center

Weiland, James

Professor, Biomedical Engineering and Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences

Retinal Prosthesis for the Blind, Computer Vision for Low-Vision Assistance, Human-Computer Interaction, Visual Electrophysiology, Multi-Sensory Integration.

Faculty Profile | Prof. Weiland's Website

Jessie Yang

Yang, Xi Jessie

Assistant Professor, Industrial and Operations Engineering

Human-autonomy/robot interaction, primarily focused on modeling human users' trust in automation/robots and designing interfaces that facilitate trust calibration and HAI/HRI team performance.

Faculty Profile | Faculty Website

Zhang, Zhengya

Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Embedded hardware and accelerator design for machine learning and robotics.

Faculty Profile


Edmund, Denise

Graduate Program Coordinator, Robotics Institute

Denise Edmund is the Robotics Institute Graduate Coordinator. Prior to her role as Graduate Coordinator, Denise worked in the Office of Academic Records & Dissertations at Rackham Graduate School. Denise worked with students, faculty, and staff interpreting academic policies and maintaining accurate student academic records. Denise earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Michigan. Outside of the office Denise enjoys exercising and spending time with her husband, 2 kids, and large extended family.

Mann, Kimberly

Unit Administrator, Robotics Institute

Kimberly Mann is the Robotics Institute Unit Administrator. Prior to her role as Unit Administrator, Kimberly worked as a research administrator for the Computer Science and Engineering Division at U-M, and as a program coordinator for the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs’ Van of Enchantment (now Wonders on Wheels Mobile Museum) prior to that. She holds a MS in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico, and is a Certified Research Administrator. Outside the office Kimberly can be found on the volleyball court, cooking up a storm, and spending time with her family.

Provost, Damen

Managing Director, Robotics Institute

Damen Provost is the Managing Director of the Robotics Institute at the University of Michigan. Mr. Provost has project management and systems engineering experience on a wide range of NASA, DOD, commercial, and university autonomous vehicle and satellite systems. Prior to this position, Mr. Provost was the senior project manager at the Space Physics Research Laboratory and the University of Michigan Project Manager for NASA’s 8 microsatellite Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS), launched in December 2016. He has held leadership positions within the aerospace industry and the United States Air Force. He holds a BS in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Rochester and MS in Space Systems from the Air Force Institute of Technology.


Anderson, Cyrus

PhD Student, Robotics Institute

My background is in applied mathematics and economics, and my research interests are in multiagent systems and sequential decision making. In other time I like to practice Japanese and cook.

Ashai, Zaid

MS Student, Robotics Institute

I earned my BS in Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. My research interests include legged robots, humanoid robots, prosthetics and BMI's, and nonlinear robotic control.

Billings, Gideon

PhD Student, Robotics Institute

I have a Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from University of Michigan. My research is in underwater robotics with a focus in computer vision, machine learning, and manipulation.

Brian Bittner

Bittner, Brian

PhD Student, Robotics Institute

I am a first year Robotics Ph.D. student at the University of Michigan. I'm interested in reduced-order control architectures. What structure in a system's dynamics or geometric composition might enable sensible ways to build up mechanical complexity while maintaining physically intuitive control schemes?

John Busch

Busch, John Jr.

PhD Student, Robotics Institute

My hometown is Oak Forest, IL, about a half hour south of Chicago. I received my Bachelor's in Computer Engineering from Purdue University West Lafayette in 2016. My research interests include rehabilitative robotics, robotic prosthetics, and neural control.

Alexandra Carlson

Carlson, Alexandra

PhD Student, Robotics Institute

I am robotics P.h.D. student in Jason Corso's COG computer vision lab. My current research is at the intersection of machine learning, artificial intelligence, and computational neuroscience, where I am investigating how to build neural network architectures to better handle time-varying data, such as video and audio. My interests lie in understanding information representation in artificial neural networks, specifically in how we can use biologically inspired mathematical models to better understand and incorporate temporal information into these algorithms. My background is in computational neuroscience, psychology and physics. I received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Chicago.

Jeremy Castagno

Castagno, Jeremy

PhD Student, Robotics Institute

I am a first year Robotics PhD student who has returned to school after working 3 years as a control systems engineer. My research interests revolve around safety systems for autonomous machines and more specifically robust decision making using MDP (Markov Decision Process). I am familiar with many control systems, safety systems, and general control technology. I am proficient in more than a dozen programming languages and am an active learner.

Dhanjal, Sahib

MS Student, Robotics Institute

I am a Robotics MS Student at the University of Michigan. I received my BE(hons) in Mechanical Engineering from BITS Pilani, India in 2016 after which I enjoyed a brief stint of 1 year at ExxonMobil as a market facing resource (corporate sales professional). My research interests include sensing, planning and control in autonomous vehicles, mobile robotics and industrial robotics.

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Diriba, Tigist

PhD Student, Robotics Institute

Tigist is a recent graduate of Northwestern University (Spring 2016) where he obtained a BS/MS in Computer Engineering and Computer Science. As a Ph.D. student at the University of Michigan, he is interested in applying computer vision and machine learning to some of the challenges of robotic autonomy. Apart from working on exciting projects, he also enjoys biking when the weather permits and exploring parts of Ann Arbor as a relatively new resident.

Victoria Edwards

Edwards, Victoria (Torrie)

PhD Student, Robotics Institute

I earned my bachelors degree from Colby College in Waterville, ME in Computer Science and Mathematics. I am a second year PhD student in the Robotics program working with Professor Ed Olson in the APRIL Robotics lab. My research interests include multi-agent teams and long term autonomy. When I am not in lab I love to cook, specifically baked goods. My favorite cake is chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting! I also love photography and watching movies.

Kevin French

French, Kevin

PhD Student, Robotics Institute

I graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Florida with a BS in electrical engineering. Now I am pursuing my Ph.D. in robotics. In the 4Progress lab I research algorithms that produce meaningful interpretations of the perceived world. These interpretations are then used to perform complex task such as manipulation of objects in a cluttered environment. My interest lie in applying such intelligent systems to the domain of space robotics for the purpose of commercialization of space.

Gan Lu

Gan, Lu

PhD Student, Robotics Institute

I am currently a PhD student in Michigan Robotics, working with Professor Ryan Eustice as a member of the Perceptual Robotics Laboratory (PeRL). My research interests include computer vision and machine learning. Specifically, I focus on semantic simultaneous localization and mapping for mobile robotics.

Gong, Peiyan

MS Student, Robotics Institute

Hi, I am Peiyan Gong and robot is my passion. I have done some UGVs and UAVs development before and right now I am pushing my skills to a higher level. Self-driving is certainly under my radar, and I am also looking forward to have a scope of robotic application in manufacturing.

Gonzalez, Michael

PhD Student, Robotics Institute

I'm Michael Gonzalez, a native Floridian looking to brace the Michigan cold for the sake of pursuing a mastery of robotics. I'm an adventurer, a geek, a communicator, an engineer, and I'm always looking to add more to that list. Since childhood I've been fascinated by sci-fi and reality alike when it comes to using robots as an extension of human ability, and so my research will focus on prosthetics and teleprescence systems.

Haggenmiller, Acshi

PhD Student, Robotics Institute

I am interested in the intersection of computer science, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering, especially where the design of components in each discipline contributes to an intelligent robotic system. I graduated from Yale University in 2017 with a double major in CS and ME, while also learning EE on the side. At the University of Michigan I intend to use and expand my knowledge of each, focusing specifically on algorithms and techniques for autonomous vehicles, including machine learning, computer vision, and path planning.

Harris, Rachel

MS Student, Robotics Institute

I am a Robotics M.S. student at the University of Michigan. I previously received my B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from MIT. My research interests include rehabilitative robotics and robotic prosthetics as well as guidance, navigation, and control for autonomous vehicles.

Ross Hartley

Hartley, Ross

PhD Candidate, Robotics Institute

Ross is a PhD student working on biped robot control and is advised by Professor Jessy Grizzle. He received a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. His research interests include control systems, legged robots, and computer vision.

Bruce Huang

Huang, Bruce JK

MS Student, Robotics Institute

I am a Robotics master student at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Previously, I did my undergraduate studies at National Taiwan University and published three IEEE papers and submitted one IEEE journal paper in my undergrad. I am currently working working with Professor Edwin Olsen in the APRIL Robotics lab. My research interests include he perception of dynamic objects for mobile robotics. Specifically, I focus on dynamic obstacle detection, tracking for autonomous vehicles and pedestrian prediction as well. In my free time, I'm a professional photographer. I do weddings, personal portraits and landscapes as well. I also love traveling and watching movies.

Israni, Sagar

MS Student, Robotics Institute

I am a Master’s student in Robotics at the University of Michigan. My research interests include navigation, planning, co-ordination and control of autonomous multi-vehicle systems. I earned my B.E. degree in Manufacturing Processes and Automation Engineering from University of Delhi, India. Before joining the Robotics program, I was a part of the R&D team at Grey Orange Robotics and worked on the development of mobile multi-robot systems and sortation systems for optimized order fulfillment at eCommerce industry warehouses.

Pallav Korathi

Kothari, Pallav

MS Student, Robotics Institute

I am Master's student Majoring in Robotics. My bachelor's degree was in electronics and communication engineering. Worked as software engineer for IT giant Capgemini for a year afterwards. I am fascinated with extraterrestrial robotics and my research interest is in reasoning and sensing part of robotics which includes computer vision, machine learning etc.

Krogius, Max

PhD Student, Robotics Institute

I'm working with Prof. Ed Olson on mobile robotics and self driving cars. Previously I was a software engineer at Google and before that I did my undergrad in Physics at McGill University.

Kuevor, Prince

PhD Student, Robotics Institute

First year PhD student in the Robotics department. I'm interested in multi-agent control and optimization especially applied to aerospace vehicles and systems.

Lemmer, Stephan

PhD Student, Robotics Institute

Stephan is a first year robotics PhD student at the University of Michigan. He joins the program from a connected and autonomous vehicle research lab, where he worked on testing and evaluation of connected vehicle systems, integration of sensing systems for vehicle autonomy, and applications which integrate connectivity and autonomy. He received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, and an M.S. in Industrial Mathematics-Applied Mathematics from University of Texas - San Antonio.

Kevin Lieberman

Lieberman, Kevin

PhD Student, Robotics Institute

Kevin Lieberman is a Robotics PhD Student with research interests in human-robot interaction, human factors, and cognitive ergonomics. His advisor is Professor Nadine Sarter. A member of The Human-Automation Interaction and Cognition Lab, Kevin was awarded a 2016 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship from the Department of Defense and a 2016 Lawrence C. Fortier Memorial Scholarship from the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA). Kevin graduated with departmental distinction in mechanical engineering from Duke University.

Yuchi Lin

Lin, Yu-Chi

PhD Student, Robotics Institute

I'm a PhD student in Robotics, University of Michigan, dedicated to robotics research and works. I am now working in Autonomous Robotic Manipulation Laboratory at the University of Michigan. My research topics include but not limited to humanoid locomotion planning, general motion planning, robot arm manipulations, 3D perceptions, and system integrations. I welcome every new possibility to explore new fileds in Robotics, Control Application, AI and Machine Learning.

Liu, Jinsun

PhD Student, Robotics Institute

I gain my Bachelor's and Master's degrees both in Electronic Engineering, and my interest lies in infinite dimensional optimization problem, vehicle routing problem, nonlinear system control, and autonomous vehicle control. I'm now working as a member of Roahm Lab.

Lu, Shiyang

MS Student, Robotics Institute

I'm a second-year master student at the University of Michigan. I earned my B.S. degree in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Last summer, I did my internship at DENSO's R&D lab focusing on self-driving cars. My research interests include computer vision and machine learning.

Ruikun Luo

Luo, Ruikun

PhD Student, Robotics Institute

I am a PhD student in Robotics, University of Michigan. I am now working with Prof. Dmitry Berenson in Autonomous Robotic Manipulation Laboratory. My research interest is motion planning, machine learning, human robot collaboration, computer vision. My current research topic is robot manipulation motion planning under uncertainty.

Joshua Mangelson

Mangelson, Joshua

PhD Candidate, Robotics Institute

I am a PhD student working on autonomous ship hull inspection with Ryan Eustice in the Perceptual Robotics Laboratory. My research interests include robotic perception, state estimation, sensor fusion, and path planning. Specific application areas I am interested in include autonomous underwater vehicles, mobile robotics, and computer vision. I received my B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Brigham Young University and my M.S. degree in Robotics from the University of Michigan.

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McConachie, Dale

PhD Student, Robotics Institute

Dale's research interest include machine learning, controls, and motion planning. He is currently working on applying ideas from these fields to deformable object manipulation and related topics. In particular Dale is interested in algorithms that enable robots to perform tasks such as folding clothes, or making a bed, that are easy for humans to master, but are extremely challenging for robots. Dale graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with both college and university honors, and is also the recipient of the Frank J. Marshall Scholar Award.

Sean Messenger

Messenger, Sean M.

PhD Student, Robotics Institute

I work on multi-agent field robotics with Prof. Edwin Olson in the APRIL Lab. My research focus is on the localization side of robotics, with emphasis on leveraging advantages of a multi-agent system. I graduated with a B.S. in Engineering and Computer Science from Harvey Mudd College and grew up in the Seattle area. In my free time: I volunteer with and mentor high school students for FIRST; work on home projects; and officiate middle school and high school volleyball matches.

Messing, Julie

MS Student, Robotics Institute

Julie graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2016 with a double major in Systems Engineering and Finance. She has professional experience as a Technology Consultant at Accenture where she worked on implementing Oracle HCM Cloud. Julie's research interests include human-computer interaction, motion planning, and control systems. Personal interests include traveling, playing guitar, and photography.

Navin, Siddarth Ratapani

MS Student, Robotics Institute

I received my Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from PES Institute of Technology, Bangalore. I specialize in Autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, SLAM, Control Systems and Sensor Integration. I spend my free time practicing for and competing in FPV (First Person View) Drone Races.

Ochoa, Cosme

PhD Student, Robotics Institute

I am a member of the Autonomous Aerospace Systems (A2Sys) Lab with Professor Ella Atkins as my mentoring advisor. I hold a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering with Information Technology from MIT and have transition into a PhD in Robotics at the University of Michigan. My current work focuses on trajectory modeling and prediction for guidance and navigation of autonomous sUAS in response to system failures and dynamic environments. My research interests include path planing and decision making for autonomous aerial vehicles using sensor and non-traditional data fusion.

Peterson, Brandon

MS Student, Robotics Institute

Brandon received a B.S. in Computer Engineering and a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Florida. As an undergraduate, he worked on two robotics teams in UF’s Machine Intelligence Lab. His contributions focused on path planning and computer vision tasks for a small ground robot and an autonomous submarine. He is now a first-year student at the University of Michigan, pursuing a Master’s in Robotics and working in Elliott Rouse’s Neurobionics Lab. His current interests lie at the intersection of robotics and medicine, with the overall goal of developing robots for the greater good.

Romano, Matthew

PhD Student, Robotics Institute

Matthew is a first year Robotics PhD Student working with Professor Ella Atkins in the Autonomous Aerospace Systems Lab. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and minor in Computer Science. His research interests include computer vision, data fusion, path planning, and multi-agent systems.

Saund, Brad

PhD Student, Robotics Institute

I graduated from the California Institute of Technology with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Afterwards, I worked for Amazon as a software engineer, and Electroimpact where I built robots that build airplanes.I received my Master's of Robotics from Carnegie Mellon while working on touch localization and manipulation in confined spaces. Currently, my research focuses on manipulation of deformable objects.

Katherine Skinner

Skinner, Katherine

PhD Candidate, Robotics Institute

Katie Skinner is a Robotics PhD student working in the Deep Robot Optical Perception (DROP) Lab with Professor Matthew Johnson-Roberson. Her research interests include perception for underwater robots, light field imaging, and unsupervised learning. Katie holds a B.S.E. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering with a Certificate in Applications of Computing from Princeton University.

Mia Stevens

Stevens, Mia

PhD Candidate, Robotics Institute

Mia is advised by Professor Ella Atkins, and is a member of the Autonomous Aerospace Systems Lab. Her PhD work focuses on geofencing for small unmanned aerial systems. Her research interests include system independent guidance schemes for sUAS, ground station development, and flight testing. Mia holds a Bachelor’s in Aerospace Engineering with Information Technology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Tian, Thomas

MS Student, Robotics Institute

I am a master student at the University of Michigan. I obtained my B.S.E degree in Mechanical Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University and my B.S.E degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan. I work in the Vehicle Optimization, Dynamics, Control and Autonomy Laboratory. My primary research interests are autonomous vehicle, machine learning, model based controllers and path planning. I am also a diver and student pilot.

Alex Vaskov

Vaskov, Alex

PhD Student, Robotics Institute

I am from Chevy Chase, MD. I received a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2012 and worked as a software development consultant before coming to Michigan in the fall of 2016 to study robotics. I work in Professor Cynthia Chestek's lab and am interested in using machine learning algorithms to improve neural decoding and shape the future of rehabilitation devices such as active prosthetic limbs, exoskeletons, and FES systems.

Yao, Yu

PhD Student, Robotics Institute

I'm a third year PhD student from Autonomous Aerospace Systems (A2sys) Lab. My PhD researches focus on anomaly detection and value-driven event data recording for autonomous vehicle verification and validation. I'm also interested in advanced AI topics and advanced computer vision techniques. I'm also a big fan of hiking, backpacking and basketball.

Luowei Zhou

Zhou, Luowei

PhD Candidate, Robotics Institute

I am a Ph.D. candidate in Robotics Institute at UMich. My advisor is Prof. Jason Corso in EECS. My research focuses on vision-language embedding, such as captioning and question answering, and video action understanding. My work intensively relies on deep learning and general machine learning/optimization algorithms. I have 4+ year experience with AI and I am passionate about groundbreaking AI research!

Zhou, Zheming

PhD Student, Robotics Institute

I'm a first-year Ph.D. student at Institute of Robotics in the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Previously, I completed my Master degree in Robotics in UofM and undergraduate study in Department of Mechatronics at University of Electronic Science and Technology of China My interests are Robot perception and manipulation involving computer vision and machine learning, now I'm working in 4PROGRESS lab headed by Prof. Chad Jenkins