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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.

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 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.

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.

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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.

Derrick Dominic

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.

Victoria Edwards

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.

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

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cosme Ochoa

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.

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Ruan, Mengyao

MS Student, Robotics Institute

Mechatronics, or Motion Planing.

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, 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.

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

Love Ping pong, Basketball, Photography, and Coding!

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 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.

Yun Wen Zhou

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.