People at the FRC
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
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
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
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
Moses' research interests include the design of high performance controllers for aerial vehicles. This includes the development of state-of-the art non-linear state observers, aerodynamic models which enables robust and autonomous control of these vehicles.
mbangura [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
Ran’s research focuses on formal verification techniques that ensures correctness and safety of software and cyber-physical systems (CPS) in a mathematical way. He is pursuing the application of formal verification to robotics systems such as autonomous vehicles and unmanned air vehicles (UAV).
ran.ji [AT] cs.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
Abhi's current research interest is in computer vision-based robotics for agricultural automation.
asilwal [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
Rafael's research focuses on different aspects of mobile robot navigation with emphasis on robotic perception (SLAM, Localization, active SLAM, planning under uncertainty). In 2013, he completed his PhD at the Robotics Institute from the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), Spain. From 2013 to 2016, he held postdoc positions at Halmstad and Orebro Universities in Sweden.
rvalenci [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
roboman [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
cboirum [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
mcollin1 [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
Arjav's research interests include multi-robot planning, coordination and control. He received his B.S. from Delhi Technological University, India in 2015.
arjavd [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
Aditya is a research assistant working with Professor Nathan Michael on rapid monocular localization, multi sensor integration, and sensor modeling. Aditya received a BS in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India.
adityadhawale6 [AT] gmail.com
rohitgarg617 [AT] gmail.com
Dipta works on software development and testing for mobile robots. He is currently working on localization on autonomous vehicle.
ardyadipta [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
Nora provides support to Red Whittaker, Stephen Nuske, Michael Kaess, and their teams. Nora loves machine learning and everything Star Wars related.
nkazour [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
jkeller2 [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
Alex is a mechanical engineer developing robotic hydroponic systems and Mars analog rovers.
alexlong [AT] cmu.edu
Brian is a research programmer whose prior work has been mostly focused on autonomous path planning for unmanned aerial vehicles. He also worked on integration and testing of autonomous navigation systems for indoor drones. He is interested in anything related to navigation/perception. He has a strong preference for understanding problem at hand before attempting to resolve it.
bmaca [AT] andrew.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
Swetha is interested in the intersection of robotics and machine learning. She is currently working on motion planning algorithms for structural inspection.
sweth.mandava [AT] gmail.com
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
Omeed is a computer engineer working on developing imaging systems for agricultural robotics.
omirbod [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
Devdatta is working on Agriculture Yield Estimation project for orchards and vineyards. His research interests lie in machine learning and computer vision, specifically for applications in agriculture robots.
dnarote [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
Tanvir is an undergraduate intern from Vellore Institute of Technology. Currently working on Agricultural Yield Estimation Project, developing algorithms to estimate plant leaf cover. His interests lie in Computer Vision, Machine Learning and UAVs
tanparhar [AT] gmail.com
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
Harjatin in pursuing his bachelors in computer science and engineering from Vellore Institute Of Technology. He is passionate about building systems that use machine learning to solve real world problems. Currently he is working on a project that uses Computer Vision for Precision Viticulture
harjatin [AT] gmail.com
Part time Senior Research Engineer
goshen [AT] gmail.com
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 and sensing for exploration in mines, caves, tunnels, lava tubes and other underground structures. Provides ground truth modeling, measurement and robot tracking for control on research projects. Is a 30+ year veteran in robotics which includes nuclear cleanup, agricultural, plus autonomous vehicle robots. Specialist in field deployment and field operations. Manages FRC facilities and the Robotics Institute machine and wood shops.
warrenw [AT] andrew.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
Alex is interested in localization and computer vision for autonomous rovers and aerial vehicles with a focus on nuclear and planetary robotics.
abaikovi [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
mbhardwa [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
Rogerio is a PhD student interested in the intersection of perception, robotics and machine learning. His work focuses on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
rbonatti [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
David focuses on the intersection of 3D perception (LiDAR, stereo) and motion planning as well as planning and collision-avoidance for autonomous aerial vehicles.
dbutterw [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
Alberto is interested in planetary exploration. He is currently applying machine learning and computer vision techniques to enhance rover autonomy.
albertoc [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
Meghan is interested in human-robot interaction, human-computer interaction and autonomous robotic systems. Her current research focuses on developing intuitive, gesture-based human-robot interfaces in order to make robotic platforms more accessible to a broader audience.
mchandar [AT] cmu.edu
poweic [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
Wei-Hsin is interested in control, machine learning and motion planning. He is currently researching control and path planning for autonomous off-road vehicles.
weihsinc [AT] andrew.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
micahc [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
Vishnu's research interests include path-planning, control, machine learning, and multi-agent coordination.
rajeswar [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
vdugar [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
Logan is interested in creating robust solutions to state estimation, perception and controls to facilitate autonomous operation of unmanned aerial vehicles in challenging environments.
logane [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
fang [AT] andrew.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
mhanczor [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
Bing-Jui is a master student interested in perception and motion planning. He is currently working on modeling complex underwater structure.
bingjuih [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
Shih-Chieh’s research interests include optimization algorithm, perception in the area of multi-robot system and control. Shih-Chieh’s prior work has been autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) control and planning to track marine animals.
shsiung [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
Humphrey's interests are in localization with minimal infrastructure and multi-robot cooperation.
humhu [AT] cmu.edu
Merritt is interested in robots that improve the health of the environment. His current research focuses on automated plant manipulation for biofuels applications
merrittj [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
Daoyuan Jia will be working under Michael Kaess is interested in driver-less cars and perception.
daoyuanj [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
Azarakhsh's research interests include mobile robots, trajectory optimization, robot control, legged locomotion, etc. His current research focuses on real-time mobile robot perception and autonomous control.
keipour [AT] cmu.edu
ml5 [AT] cmu.edu
Tim is interested in improving mobile robot intelligence. He is currently investigating how dense mapping can enable autonomous inspection of underwater, industrial structures.
tel1 [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
hanyuel [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
laurenlieu [AT] cmu.edu
guanhorl [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
Ratnesh is a recent graduate from Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee. He is currently working on visual detection and servoing of wires on powerlines to enable small unmanned aerial vehicles to operate for long duration for inspection tasks.
ratneshmadaan [AT] gmail.com
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
Tim's current research focuses on developing a mobile platform capable of autonomously navigating the highly occluded and dynamic space that exists between typical crop rows. His work includes sensor fusion for reliable and accurate localization, control, and obstacle detection and avoidance.
tmuellersim [AT] cmu.edu
comeadhr [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
Nate develops rover traverse planning methods to enable prolonged solar-powered polar exploration, particularly on the surface of the Moon.
otten [AT] cmu.edu
lpapinca [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
Puneet's research interest include SLAM and perception. He is currently working on creating dense maps with stereo camera and using these maps to do surface damage assessment with machine learning. His other interests include perception for manipulation.
puneetp [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
vaibhavr [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
Shastri's research focuses on computer vision, controls and deep learning for application in autonomous vehicles.
shastrir [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
prastogi [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
Bishwamoy is conducting research on information based planetary exploration techniques he is also interested in mobile robot motion planning and state estimation.
bsinharo [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
psodhi [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
Alex is interested in the intersection of controls and machine learning.
spitzer [AT] cmu.edu
Shobhit's primary interest is in enabling robust and precise active perception. Towards this end, he is investigating real-time complex perceptual models of the operating environment for a compute-constrained micro aerial vehicle thereby enabling a SLAM formulation in belief space.
shobhits [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
vvelivel [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
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
mwhittak [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
xuningy [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
andrewy [AT] andrew.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
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
slz [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
Weikun Zhen's interest lies in vision based robot perception. He is currently working on geometric vision, motion estimation and control algorithms with MAVs.
weikunz [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
Yunfeng ai is a visiting scholar from University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, China. His research interests include embedded systems, computer vision and robotics. He is currently working on intelligent navigation algorithm of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in unknown environment, with focus on motion planning, obstacle avoidance and autonomous landing.
aiyunfeng [AT] ucas.ac.cn
Daniel is a visiting student studying situational awareness and usability in the context of controlling planetary vehicles.
darnett [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
Mosam's research interests include path planning for autonomous vehicles in densely cluttered environments and his aim is to build robust algorithms which can be used on autonomous vehicles in real-time.
mosam.dabhi [AT] gmail.com
Zhen dong is a visiting researcher working on machine learning, computer vision and point cloud processing.
dongzhenwhu [AT] whu.edu.cn
Kshitij is a summer research intern from IIT Kharagpur, India. He is currently working at the Robust Adaptive Systems Lab on systems integration of control, motion planning and VR.
kshitijgoel16061995 [AT] gmail.com
He Miaolei is a visiting scholar from Central South University, China. His recent research interests include motion planning, control algorithm and computer vision for robots.
rchml [AT] hotmail.com
Yuji (Jay) is a visitor from Research and Development department of Yamaha. He is working on developing autonomous vehicle technology especially in the outdoor environment.
Jay_Hiramatsu [AT] yamaha-motor.com
Anjana is a RI Summer Scholar from NITK, Surathkal. She is currently working on Plant phenotyping using Computer vision systems. Her research interests are Control Systems, Computer vision and unmanned vehicles.
anjanak [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
Dong-Ki's research interests include motion planning, deep learning, and computer vision for developing intelligent unmanned air vehicles.
dk683 [AT] cornell.edu
jaypatravali [AT] gmail.com
xiangruitian [AT] nuaa.edu.cn
Masashi is a visitor from Research and Development department of Yamaha. He is working on developing sensor fusion technology for perception in the outdoor environment.
Mike_Uenoyama [AT] yamaha-motor.com
michaelzhang [AT] cmu.edu