People at the FRC
Daniel develops algorithms for enabling the safe operation of unmanned aerial vehicles. His research focuses on motion planning, safety assessment, and verification.
althoff [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
Marcel's research interests lie at the intersection of field robotics and systems engineering. Starting from identified stakeholders needs, he works with teams of engineers and scientists to create robotic systems for civilian and military applications.
marcel [AT] cmu.edu
Bernardine is an Associate Research Professor who founded and directs the TechBridgeWorld group that creates technology for developing communities, and co-founded and co-directs the rCommerce Lab, engaged in coordination and planning research.
mbdias [AT] ri.cmu.edu
Zheng works on the robust odometry estimation of micro flying robot in complex GPS-denied environments. His research interests include visual odometry, laser odometry, self-localization, multi-sensor fusion and intelligent control.
zhengf [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
Develops distributed active sensing systems focusing on uncertainty management as motivation for robot action. Applications include cooperative search by teams of aerial and ground robots.
grocholsky [AT] ri.cmu.edu
Michael's research interests include perception, state estimation, and efficient optimization algorithms with mobile robot applications ranging from underwater to space.
kaess [AT] cmu.edu
George develops robots that drive, balance, and swim for applications including agriculture, mining, and exploration. His research focuses on control and estimation for systems with interesting dynamics.
kantor [AT] ri.cmu.edu
Lantao works on designing and analyzing coordination algorithms for distributed AI and robotics systems. His recent focus is the environmental exploration and coverage with a fleet of heterogeneous robots.
lantao [AT] cmu.edu
Nathan's research interests include the topics of estimation and control for ground and aerial robots with extensions to multi-robot systems.
nmichael [AT] cmu.edu
Byung-Cheol currently works on assistive robots for blind travelers. His research interests are at the intersection of human-robot interaction, multi-robot systems, and robotic sensor networks for applications in assistive, field and service robotics.
bmin [AT] cs.cmu.edu
Stephen is a researcher developing novel vision-based solutions for outdoor robotics problems.
nuske [AT] cmu.edu
Basti develops algorithms for low-flying autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles(UAVs). His research focuses on planning and perception for obstacle avoidance and autonomous landing.
basti [AT] cs.cmu.edu
Driving and flying robots for security; digging and assembly robots for the workplace. Research interests include motion planning, perception, and coordination in natural environments.
ssingh [AT] cmu.edu
Codirects National Robotics Engineering Consortium. Research interests include path planning, multi-robot control, computer vision, and artificial intelligence for construction, agricultural, mining, and exploration robots.
tony [AT] cmu.edu
David creates robots for exploration. He leads field investigations to extreme environments (deserts, volcanoes, the arctic and underwater) and develops technology for space. His research focuses on perception, planning, learning and autonomy.
dsw [AT] ri.cmu.edu
Red founded and directs the FRC; he develops work systems for agriculture, mining and exploration. He led the urban challenge win. He is pursuing the Google Lunar X Prize
red [AT] ri.cmu.edu
Joshua is working above, on and below the ground. He builds underground sensors for mapping and localization, precise mapping and survey instrume nts, time synchronized computer infrastructure and reliable computing for ground and space.
anhalt [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
roboman [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
Bob drives testing and validation to support the development of autonomous vehicles. He also provides logistics and operations support for Robot City.
rbittner [AT] cmu.edu
Geetesh worked on planning and perception algorithms and systems for UGVs and UAVs and many application driven robotic hardware. Current research focuses on planning algorithms for UAVs.
geeteshdubey [AT] gmail.com
Vicki is an Associate Business Manager with the Robotics Institute’s Business Office. Her responsibilities include being the designated Financial Business Manager for the Field Robotics Center. Vicki works closely with the FRC’s research faculty in support of research proposals, and manages all of the FRC’s Oracle financial accounts. Vicki is the “go to” person for finance and policy inquiries. Contact Vicki by email, phone, or stop by NSH 3106.
victoria [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
Sezal develops vision based solutions for GPS denied state estimation for indoor and outdoor environments. Her research interests include perception, autonomous navigation for UAVs.
sezal [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
David works with hardware and software to create systems that work in the field. His projects have included cars that drive by themselves, rovers to explore the Moon, technology for Mars, autonomous tractors, and wireless sensor networks. David also chairs the FRC Computing Committee.
dkohanba [AT] cmu.edu
jleight [AT] mit.edu
Alex is a mechanical engineer developing robotic hydroponic systems and Mars analog rovers.
alexlong [AT] cmu.edu
Silvio works on embedded software development for field robots. He is currently working with technologies for autonomous ground vehicles (agricultural applications - mowing and spraying) and aerial vehicles (cargo delivery helicopters). He is also interested on software architeture, graphical interfaces and support tools for autonomous systems development.
smaeta [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
Ashley provides administrative support for Red Whittaker, Marcel Bergerman, Tony Stentz, and Nathan Michael.
ashleymc [AT] cs.cmu.edu
Lynnetta provides administrative support for George Kantor, and Bernardine Dias (FRC) and Jack Mostow, Chris Atkeson, Abhinav Gupta, and Alonzo Kelly (RI). She also assists the Girls of Steel FIRST Robotics Team.
lynnetta [AT] cs.cmu.edu
Sanae provides administrative support for Drs. Sanjiv Singh, Sebastian Scherer, David Wettergreen, and their teams. She also serves as the Managing Editor for the Journal of Field Robotics.
sminick [AT] cs.cmu.edu
Peter is working to improve software quality, accuracy and reliability for the grape vineyard yield estimation project by establishing a modern software development ecosystem and guiding the group in adopting best practices that encourage consistency and collaboration.
pnp [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
Zania is working on the Agriculture Yield Estimation project to develop and improve the algorithms for processing images for collecting crop measurements and on processing crop measurement data into spatial maps of estimated yield.
zpothen [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
Wenfan develops and integrates mobile robots, embedded system. His research interests include system integration, motion control, sensing and component technologies. He also partially supports FRC computing.
wshi [AT] cmu.edu
Ermine is a Project Assistant for TechBridgeWorld working primarily for Assistant Research Professor M. Bernardine Dias. She will assist in expanding TechBridgeWorld’s programs, marketing, and fundraising efforts.
eteves [AT] cs.cmu.edu
Developer of robots like Zoe, Hyperion and Scarab deployed from South America to the Arctic Circle. Research interests include exploration robotics, electronics, and system integration.
jpt [AT] cmu.edu
Srinivasan develops software for localization and pose estimation. He also works on the Life in the Atacama project.
srinivasan [AT] cmu.edu
Chuck develops robots for deployment in mines, caves, tunnels and other underground structures. Testing lead for Lunar X. Veteran of nuclear cleanup, service and environmental robots. Manages FRC facility and the RI machine shop.
warrenw [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
Jason develops and integrates robots in agriculture and other environments. He is also a mentor for the Girls of Steel, an all girls FIRST robotics team. He does photography as a hobby in his "spare" time.
jason [AT] txt.com
Joe's research interests include mobile robots, path planning, space exploration, and multi-robot systems. His current research involves planetary exploration using a symbiotic rover architecture.
jamato [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
Jon’s primary interest is in the configuration and development of mobile robots for space exploration. He played an important role in fielding the Polaris rover and is currently leading rover development for the Google Lunar X Prize.
jonjake [AT] cmu.edu
I am interested in developing robots that can operate safely in uncertain environments without compromising performance. I believe the key to designing such robots is making them adaptive to dynamic environments through a tight coupling between planning, perception and control. My research interest lies in designing algorithms that enable systems to represent changing environments, model the effects of the changes on the system and adapt their behavior.
ar.sankalp [AT] gmail.com
Ashrith is an undergraduate mechanical engineering student. He is interested in aerospace applications and is working on Micro Air Vehicles.
ashrithb [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
Joe is developing perception methods that allow robots to navigate through smoke filled environments specifically related to mine rescue. His research interests are in the areas of computer vision, machine learning, and navigation for applications in agricultural, mining, and space robotics.
josephba [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
Ellen is interested in nonlinear control methods for dynamic robot motion. She is currently studying controls for fast and agile maneuvers for quad copters.
eacappo [AT] cmu.edu
Sanjiban is a first-year MS student who is interested in control and motion planning. He is currently working on the emergency landing of helicopters
sanjibac [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
Chris is currently working on rover perception and autonomous navigation, specifically on the poles of the moon.
clcunnin [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
Trevor is an undergraduate student in the electrical and computer engineering program at CMU. He develops software for localization and pose estimation. He is also a mentor for the Girls of Steel, an FRC sponsored FIRST robotics team.
tdecker [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
Vishnu's research interests include path-planning, control, machine learning, and multi-agent coordination.
rajeswar [AT] cmu.edu
Felix is applying Imitation Learning techniques to difficult problems in robotics, including multi-robot task allocation and natural-language direction following.
felixd [AT] cmu.edu
Eugene's current research focuses on localization and pose estimation of planetary rovers, specifically those that will travel to the moon.
fangeugene [AT] cmu.edu
Greydon is currently working on developing the software behind the next generation of the Zoe rover, which will autonomously explore the Atacama Desert in Chile.
gfoil [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
Vibhav is an undergraduate studying Computer Science. He is currently interested in studying trajectory planning and state estimation.
vnganesh [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
Garrett is interested in state-estimation for UGV and UAV applications. He is currently working on sensor filtering and fusion for aerial platforms.
ghemann [AT] gmail.com
Kristen's research interests include control and planning of mobile robots. She is currently studying long term autonomy.
kholtz [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
Ming's research interests include 3D perception, mapping, and recognition. His goal is to help robots understand the environment.
mhsiao [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
Humphrey's interests are in localization with minimal infrastructure and multi-robot cooperation.
humhu [AT] cmu.edu
Tiffany's research interests include learning, navigation, and planning of mobile robots. She is currently working on new visualization and SLAM methods for autonomous underwater vehicles.
thuang1 [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
Hiroaki's research interests lie in prediction, planning and control of robot motions through modeling and perception. He is currently working on design of mobility systems and motion control of rovers for traverse over slopes of loose soil.
hinotsume [AT] cmu.edu
Heather works on robotic systems for space environments. Her current research focuses on the effects of extreme lunar temperatures on robots. She also contributes to spacecraft guidance, navigation and control for the Lunar X-Prize project.
hlj [AT] cs.cmu.edu
Jongho is a graduate student of Mechanical Engineering Department. He is focusing on the position estimator.
jonghole [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
Shih-Yun's research interests include highly dynamic system and its control. She is now working on visual-inertial navigation system and trajectory planning for UAVs.
shihyunl [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
Daniel is a masters student interested in robotic perception and planning, especially sensor fusion. He is currently working on LIDAR odometry and mapping for mobile robots.
daniellu [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
Daniel is a PhD student interested in the intersection of perception, robotics and machine learning. He is currently working on visual sensing for unmanned aerial vehicles with Sebastian Scherer.
dimatura [AT] cmu.edu
Derek's interests include cooperative planning, manipulation, and learning-based control. Currently researching optimal deployment of multi-robot teams.
derekm [AT] cmu.edu
Adit performs calibration of sensors for MicroAir Vehicle to observe bridge structural integrity.
aditn4 [AT] gmail.com
Erik's research interests include control, path-planning, and navigation in unknown environments with ground and aerial vehicles.
enelson [AT] cmu.edu
Nate is working on developing systems for robotic space exploration, specifically the exploration of nearby planetary bodies such as the Moon and Mars. He is particularly interested in autonomous guidance, navigation, and control that will enable robots to effectively explore and investigate these destinations.
otten [AT] cmu.edu
Mahesh is a graduate student at the Mechanical Engineering Department. His research interest is focused on Control of Aerial vehicles.
mpai [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
Raj is a masters student at RI, he has broad interests in design and development of ground and aerial robots. He has won over 30 robotics competitions during his Undergrad and is currently working on aerial robots and Andy - CMU's Lunar rover.
rprabhak [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
Satish develops solutions for autonomous flight, autonomous landing in particular. He is part of the CMU AACUS team. His long term interests lie in designing solutions in a wide range of fields from robot autonomy and human-robot interaction to assistive technology.
sravisha [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
Shaurya's primary research thrust is to build robust real world autonomous robotic systems that address the uncertainty in perception and controls together, rather than treating them as separate entities.
kumarsha [AT] cs.cmu.edu
Ke is a graduate student of ECE. His research mainly focus on autonomous navigation for robots through vision. He is currently working towards this goal with UAVs.
kesun [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
Wennie's research is in FPGA-accelerated vision algorithms and planetary robotics. She is currently developing feature detection and visual odometry on FPGA.
wtabib [AT] gmail.com
Eric is a PhD student interested in robotic perception, navigation, planning, and learning. He is currently working on planar SLAM algorithms and state estimation for mobile robots.
westman [AT] cmu.edu
Xuesu’s research mainly focuses on dynamics and control of crawling mobile robots. His interest include building energy model for crawlers, developing different strategies to maximize energetic performance in different terrain interaction, implementing algorithms for terrain recognition.
xuesux [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
Shichao mainly works on the planning and perception of aerial vehicles. His goal is achieve the autonomous, robust flight in different environments. He is currently working on indoor inspection by UAV.
shichaoy [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
John’s research interests include perception, navigation, and control for autonomous vehicles. He is currently working on infrastructure inspection with UAVs.
johnyao [AT] cmu.edu
Sam is interested in applying computer vision and machine learning techniques to science autonomy, with applications on rovers.
samuely [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
Luke has broad interests in mobile robot development. His current work applies robotic systems to agricultural management and critical infrastructure inspection.
lyoder [AT] cmu.edu
Yu, Hongjin Tony
Hongjin's interests include designing and controlling mobile robots. He is working on the TechBridgeWorld NavPal project and will be contributing to the controlling and mapping of areas using the Pioneer robot.
hongjiny [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
Vision and lidar based navigation for ground and aerial vehicles, robust motion estimation and mapping in indoor and outdoor environments.
zhangji [AT] cmu.edu
Terry is a part-time staff member working as the FIRST Robotics Program Coordinator (Girls of Steel). Talk to her if you want to know more about the Girls of Steel robotics team.
richardst [AT] theellisschool.org
Neal is conducting research on the formulation and calibration of motion models for wheeled mobile robots. The objective is to conveniently produce fast, accurate models for use in control and estimation systems.
nseegmiller [AT] cmu.edu
Liangfu is a visiting scholar from China. His research focuses on the visual navigation for low-flying micro air vehicle in complex environments. His research interests include visual tracking, object recognition, image enhancement, multi-sensor fusion, 3D reconstruction.
longford [AT] xjtu.edu.cn
Kevin builds systems that learn to interact with the world. He led CMU's Red Team and developed a road tracking system for Tartan Racing. He is currently researching algorithms to automatically train heavy machine operators.
kevin.peterson [AT] astrobotic.com
Zheng is a visiting Ph.D. student from Beijing Institute of Technology, China. His research focuses on the autonomous navigation for robots. His research goal is to enable autonomous and aggressive flight of MAV using monocular V-INS in an unknown environment.
zheng.rong.14 [AT] gmail.com
Yu song is a visiting scholar from Beijing Jiaotong University, China. His research interests include intelligent robot navigation, SLAM, visual odometry and tracking. In FRC, he mainly works on visual navigation for UAVs.
songyu [AT] bjtu.edu.cn
Ryo is a senior researcher at National Agricultural Research Organization in Japan.He develops practical applications of UAV imagery to field monitoring in agriculture.
rsugiura [AT] affrc.go.jp
John is the chief engineer for team Astrobotic Technology, developing commercial lunar robots. He leads the Advanced Composites Lab in developing lightweight, stiff, thermally conductive or complex shaped structures and components for mobile robots.
johnthornton [AT] cmu.edu