Students

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?

Alexandra Carlson

Carlson, Alexandra

PhD Student, Robotics Institute

I attended the University of Chicago, where I studied computational neuroscience and physics. My current research focuses on robust computer vision for autonomous vehicles, specifically on realistic noise modeling in images.

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.

Cho, Youngwoo

MS Student, Robotics Institute

I am a Robotics MS student at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. I graduated with a BS in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University. I worked at Purdue Applied Optics Lab with Professor Bae during the summer of 2016, developing a low power light detection interface with a smartphone. The following summer, I worked with Professor Barton at U of M, creating an interface between a UGV and a localization sensor through ROS. For the summer of 2018, I am working at Akervall Technologies Inc, developing an Android application for data vizualization. I am interested in software development and electronic hardware design that can improve people's lives. In my spare time, I play ukulele.

Chopra, Parth

MS Student, Robotics Institute

Parth is a Master's candidate in the Robotics program. His research interests include the domains of robotic perception, motion planning and collaborative robotics. He completed a Bachelor's in Engineering Physics from DTU, Delhi in 2016, and worked with service robots at ISR Lisbon before coming to Michigan. He is currently interning at Magna International, developing software for industrial robot applications.

Dhanjal, Sahib

MS Student, Robotics Institute

I am a second year robotics graduate student at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. I graduated with a bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani in 2016, after which I experienced a brief but enjoyable stint at ExxonMobil Corporation. In the past few years I have worked on many independent projects alongside my formal education, with projects ranging from full blown formula SAE cars to autonomous multi-agent systems. My research interests include perception and planning, deep learning, and mobile 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.

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 candidate in Michigan Robotics, working with Professor Ryan Eustice and Professor Jessy Grizzle on robotic perception. My research interests include computer vision and machine learning. Specifically, I focus on semantic simultaneous localization and mapping for legged and mobile robots.

Gong, Peiyan

MS Student, Robotics Institute

I am second year MS student focusing on perception in autonomous driving application. My interests are classic probability theory, computer vision and camera-Lidar fusion system. Love reading, snowboarding and traveling.

Gong, Yukai

PhD Student, Robotics Institute

I received my Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Michigan and Bachelor's degree in Navel Architecture and Marine Engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology. I am working on legged locomotion and is advised by Professor Jessy Grizzle.

Gonzalez, Michael

PhD Student, Robotics Institute

I'm Michael Gonzalez, an adventurer, a geek, a communicator, and an aspiring roboticist. I love to collaborate and be a part of the community, and hope to create robotic solutions that help people around the world. Since childhood I've been fascinated by sci-fi and reality alike when it comes to using robots as an extension of human ability, leading to a research focus on prosthetics under Dr. Deanna Gates.

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 robotics PhD student working in in Jason Corso's computer vision lab. Previously, he worked on various Connected/Autonomous vehicle systems at Southwest Resarch Institute. He has a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and a Master's degree in Applied-Industrial Mathematics from The University of Texas at San Antonio.

Kevin Lieberman

Lieberman, Kevin

PhD Candidate, Robotics Institute

Kevin Lieberman is a Robotics PhD Candidate with research interests in human-robot interaction, human factors, and cognitive ergonomics. His research focuses on trust and transparency in complex, high-risk, high-tempo systems, such as aerospace and military systems. 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 Candidate, Robotics Institute

I am a Ph.D student at the Interaction & Collaboration Research Lab (ICRL) at University of Michigan. My research interest is human robot interaction/collaboration and machine learning. My research goal is to study how to use machine learning to understand human and how robot makes decision based on the inferred behavior of human. Prior to joining ICRL, I completed my B.S in Mechanical Engineering and Automation in Tsinghua University, China and M.S in Mechanical Engineering in Carnegie Mellon University, US.

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.

McHale, Peter

MS Student, Robotics Institute

I graduated with my bachelors and masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 2015, and have been working and studying in the South-Eastern Michigan area since. I am finishing up a masters in Robotics at the University of Michigan, doing research in stereo vision localization, and having taken classes in computer vision, localization, autonomous vehicles, and machine learning. I worked at Ford for two years, between 2015-2017, with the last year being on the tracking team in the Virtual Driver System department working on autonomous vehicles. I then moved over to working at Argo for a year, starting on the localization team and ending on the calibration team. I currently work at May Mobility, where I am a Perception Robotics Engineer.

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

Siddharth received his bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from PES Institute of Technology, Bangalore. During his undergraduate days, he worked on developing software in the areas of Computer Vision and Sensor Fusion for Autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. He is currently interning at the Toyota Research Institute in the field of Vehicle Perception for self driving cars. His fields of interests include: Autonomous Vehicles, Deep Learning, Sensor Fusion, and Algorithms.

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. He works with Elliott Rouse in the Neurobionics Lab, exploring his interests in the design and control of assistive and wearable robotics. He is currently interning at The Institute for Human and Machine Cognition as an exoskeleton software engineer.

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.

Selvaraju Jayakala, Sindhu

MS Student, Robotics Institute

My bachelor's degree was in Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering, and had worked as a Software Automation Test Engineer for about four years. CurrentIy, I am doing my dual Masters at the University of Michigan, in Space Engineering(MEng) and Robotics(MS). I have also been part of project teams such as BLiSS and MiTEE. My area of interest includes space robotics, machine vision, autonomous systems, smart space systems.

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.

Srinivasan Ramanagopal, Manikandasriram

PhD Candidate, Robotics Institute

I got my undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India. I am now a Ph.D. candidate at UM Ford Center for Autonomous Vehicles working with Prof. Matthew Johnson-Roberson and Prof. Ram Vasudevan with research focus on robotic vision for automated systems.

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.

Yu, Ming-Yuan

PhD Student, Robotics Institute

I graduated from National Taiwan University with a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical engineering. Currently, I am working on algorithms to make autonomous vehicles navigate reliably in urban scenes.

Luowei Zhou

Zhou, Luowei

PhD Candidate, Robotics Institute

I am a Ph.D. candidate under the supervision of Prof. Jason Corso. My research focuses on computer vision and natural language processing, especially vision-language embedding, such as captioning and question answering. My work intensively relies on deep learning and general machine learning/optimization algorithms. I have 5+ year experience with AI and I am passionate about groundbreaking AI research!

Zhou, Zheming

PhD Student, Robotics Institute

I'm a second-year Ph.D. student at Institute of Robotics at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Previously, I completed my Master degree in Robotics in the UofM. 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.