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Alla, Vivek

MS Student, Robotics Institute

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

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.

Gustavo Camargo

Camargo, Gustavo

MS Student, Robotics Institute

Gustavo is interested in navigation and manipulation. He works with Prof. Lauro Ojeda on kinematic estate estimation, with Prof. Ben Kuipers on reinforcement learning applied to manipulation tasks and he is part of UM's Mars Rover team. Gustavo holds B.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering, 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.

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.

Yu Ming Chen

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.

Cheung, Kai Ho Edgar

MS Student, Robotics Institute

Prior to my M.S Robotics program, I received my B.S in Mechanical Engineering from University of California Berkeley. I research interests include visual odometry, depth estimation, light-field imaging and deep learning.

Dadian, Stephane

MS Student, Robotics Institute

I graduated from Ecole Centrale de Nantes in France in 2016 where I developed my passion for robotics before enrolling at UofM. After my first year here, I decided to focus on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning/Deep Learning applied to Natural Language Processing. I am currently working with Professor Rada Mihalcea and the Language and Information Technologies lab (LIT).

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.

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Gan, Yiqian

MS Student, Robotics Institute

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.

Guo, Yaohui

MS Student, Robotics Institute

I am a master student in Robotics Institute at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. My research interests are machine learning, motion planning, autonomous driving and bipedal locomotion.

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.

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Li, Sisi

MS Student, Robotics Institute

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

Li, Yaoyiran

MS Student, Robotics Institute

Research Interests: Natural Language Processing, Deep Learning, Reinforcement Learning.

Ci-Jyun Liang

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.

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.

Rajat Mittal

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 Brandy

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.

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.

Theodore Nowak

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

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.

Ruan, Mengyao

MS Student, Robotics Institute

Mengyao Ruan is a second-year robotics student at the University of Michigan, Robotics Institute. She received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan and a bachelor's degree in electrical and computer engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. She is currently working on deformable object manipulation in Autonomous Robotic Manipulation (ARM) Lab in UM. Her research focuses lie in the areas of motion planning and control. She is interested in the interaction between robots and the world.

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.

Sevagamoorthy Ganesh

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.

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.

Eric Tsai

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.

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.

Abishek Venkataraman

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.

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Xia, Kevin

MS Student, Robotics Institute

I am a first year Robotics student at the University of Michigan. I graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering. I am interested in the problem of path and mission planning for unmanned aerial vehicles, and how advancements in these areas of research can improve logistical systems.

Chenjun Yang

Yang, Chenjun

MS Student, Robotics Institute

Chenjun is a Master robotics student. He graduated from Michigan with dual B.S.E. in ECE and ME. His interested areas are general machine learning classification, regression, and deep learning. He also loves table tennis, portrait photography, and traveling.

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.

FuChun Yeh

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.

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, Yuwen (Verse)

MS Student, Robotics Institute

I like watching movies, road tripping and working out! Also I am doing object pose estimation, and semantic slam. I am contributing my best to let robots understand our world better!

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

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Zhu, Yu

MS Student, Robotics Institute

Dual degree in Robotics and Mechanical Engineering. Research focus: Autonomous Driving, Motion Planning, Vehicle Control, Machine Learning, Computer Vision.