People

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

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

Barton, Kira

Assistant 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

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

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

Chestek, Cynthia

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering

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

Faculty Profile | Chestek Lab

Corso, Jason

Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

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

Faculty Profile | Faculty Website

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

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

Ersal, Tulga

Assistant Research Scientist, Mechanical Engineering

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Robert, Lionel

Assistant 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

Faculty Profile | Faculty Website

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.

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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

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

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

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

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

Staff

Gaskell, Peter

Research & Development Engineer, 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.

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.

Sobek, Sarah

Graduate Coordinator, Robotics Institute

Sarah hails from Madison, WI. She received her MA in Higher Education from the University of Michigan. Prior to her role as Graduate Program Coordinator, Sarah worked as an academic advisor and consulted on data analysis for accreditation and departmental initiatives with the Department of Mechanical Engineering at U-M. In addition to her interest in data and analysis, Sarah has a passion for engineering education research. Sarah also enjoys baking, volleyball, and spending time getting lost outside. Her favorite thing about Ann Arbor is a leisurely, coffee-filled Saturday morning at the Kerrytown farmer's market.

Students

Alla, Vivek

MS Student, Robotics Institute

Research Focus : Self-Driving Vehicles, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Perception, Controls, Space Exploration.

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?

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.

Camargo, Gustavo

MS Student, Robotics Institute

Gustavo is focused on Artificial Intelligence applied to Robotics. He works with Prof. Ben Kuipers on Robot Learning of Actions, with Prof. Lauro Ojeda on Motion Capture and he is part of UM's Mars Rover team. Gustavo holds B.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Systems Engineering and an MBA. Gustavo managed an R&D team of 12 in a Fortune 100 company before returning to school to pursue his passion for Robotics.

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.

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.

Chen, Yu-Ming

MS Student, Robotics Institute

I received my Bachelor's degree in Physics from National Taiwan University. My interests include legged locomotion, dynamics and underactuated robotics.

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.

Dominic, Derrick

PhD Student, Robotics Institute

I work in the Perceptual Robotics Laboratory (PeRL) with Prof. Ryan Eustice on robust and scalable perception for autonomous vehicles and mobile robots in general. Prior to joining the Robotics Institute at U of M, I received my Bachelor's in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University with Certificates in Robotics and Intelligent Systems and Applications in Computing.

Edwards, Victoria (Torrie)

PhD Student, Robotics Institute

I am from Tampa, FL and the oldest of four kids in five years. I earned my bachelors degree from Colby College in Waterville, ME in Computer Science and Mathematics. I am a first 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.

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

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.

Gan, Yiqian

MS Student, Robotics Institute

Hartley, Ross

PhD Student, 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.

Hsu, Yih-Jye (Jeffery)

MS Student, Robotics Institute

His research interests include computer vision, machine learning, and mobile robotics.

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.

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.

Li, Sisi

MS Student, Robotics Institute

My research interest is machine learning on modeling real-World dynamical system and computer vision.

Liang, Ci-Jyun

MS Student, Robotics Institute

Ci-Jyun (Polar) is currently a graduate student in Robotics Institute in University of Michigan. He is working with Prof. Vineet Kamat in the Laboratory for Interactive Visualization in Engineering (LIVE). His research interests include autonomous construction site robot, computer vision, and machine learning. Polar holds a M.S. and B.S. in Civil Engineering from National Taiwan University.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mittal, Rajat

MS Student, Robotics Institute

My research interests mainly lie in the areas of Computer Vision, Autonomous Vehicles, SLAM, and Machine Learning. Through various projects and courses, I have developed technical expertise and skill sets in these areas. At the same time, I am passionate about Entrepreneurship, Product Management and Technology Management. I enjoy exploring how technology can be applied to various markets and solve unmet needs.

Monson, Brandt

MS Student, Robotics

Brandt graduated with a B.S. in Aeronautical and Astronautical engineering from the University of Washington. While Brandt's passion his controls and space exploration, he has developed an interest in swarm robotics. He hopes to integrate his passion and interest to increase human presence in the stars.

Nowak, Theodore

MS Student, Robotics Institute

My research interests include high-dimensional data analysis, machine learning, and experimental robotics systems applications. I am interested in applying the above to interdisciplinary problem spaces such as public health, societal betterment, archaeology, and geology. I am the GSI for the Graduate Robotics Systems Lab course, an officer of the Robotics Student council, and work part-time as a robotics engineer in Jason Corso's Computer Vision lab. Other interests and skills of mine include Particle Physics, Latin American and Middle Eastern History, a fluency in Spanish, a proficiency in German, and previous research in Neural Engineering. I am a roboticist and data scientist who enjoys tackling the undervalued problems in the real world.

Ochoa, Cosme

PhD Student, Robotics Institute

Cosme is a PhD student in the Robotics Institute at the University of Michigan, under the advising of Professor Ella Atkins, and is a member of the Autonomous Aerospace Systems Lab. Cosme holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering with Information Technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Cosme’s PhD work focuses on trajectory modeling and prediction for guidance and navigation of autonomous sUAS in response to system failures and dynamic environments. He is interested in path planing and decision making for autonomous vehicles using sensor and non traditional data fusion.

Ranjan, Asheesh

MS Student, Robotics Institute

I am a Master's student currently working in APRIL Lab with Professor Ed Olson. I graduated with a Bachelor's in Software Engineering from Delhi Technological University, India in 2015. My interests lie in developing systems that span across the perception and planning domains with the goal of complete autonomy. I have experience applying methods from these domains to ground and aerial vehicles.

Ruan, Mengyao

MS Student, Robotics Institute

Mechatronics, or Motion Planing.

Sevagamoorthy, Ganesh

MS Student, Robotics Institute

I am a Robotics MS student from India. My research interests include Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and Mobile Robotics.

Skinner, Katherine

PhD Student, 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, mobile robotics, 3D reconstruction, and plenoptic imaging. Katie holds a B.S.E. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering with a Certificate in Applications of Computing from Princeton University.

Stevens, Mia

PhD Student, 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.

Tsai, Eric

MS Student, Robotics Institute

I received my Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering with a computer science minor at the University of Portland. My past research experience focused on biomedical device development, where I worked on projects spanning from mechanical design to RFID applications.

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.

Venkataraman, Abhishek

MS Student, Robotics Institute

I am graduate student in the Robotics program. Currently, I am working on Autonomous Surface Vehicle in the DROP lab. Prior to this, I was building electric vehicles at Ather Energy, India. I received my Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and Master's degree in Product design from Indian Institute of Technology Madras.

Yang, Chenjun

MS Student, Robotics Institute

Love Ping pong, Basketball, Photography, and Coding!

Yeh, Fu-Chun (Ryan)

MS Student, Robotics Institute

His research interests include computer vision and machine learning. Fu-Chun received his Master's and Bachelor's degree in Electronics Engineering from National Chiao Tung University. His past experience focused on digital integrated circuits design of video codec and wireless communication.

Zhou, Luowei

PhD Student, Robotics Institute

I am a second-year Ph.D. student in Robotics Institute at the University of Michigan. My advisor is Professor Jason Corso in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department. I received my bachelor's degree in Engineering from Nanjing University in 2015. My research interests include machine learning (deep learning), computer vision and multi-modal embedding. I am now working on video semantic parsing and other applications combining deep learning and multi-modal data.

Zhou, Yunwen

MS Student, Robotics Institute

I am now a master student in Robotics Institute. I am from Tongji University in Shanghai, China. My main interests in robotics are simultaneous localization and mapping for mobile robots and perceptual reasoning for goal-directed robotic manipulation. Also I have experience in embedded system development of vehicle.