People at the FRC
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
Beatrice (Bea) is a postdoctoral fellow working with the TechBridgeWorld research group. The primary focus of her work is on assessing projects in ICTD.
bea.dias [AT] gmail.com
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
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
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
Young-Woo does research on perception, including computer vision, for outdoor mobile-robots, aiming that the resulting mechanisms enable robots to understand their operating conditions better.
young-woo.seo [AT] ri.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
Uland develops optical sensors and perception techniques for robotic modeling. His research focuses on physics-based vision and active illumination in planetary environments.
uyw [AT] andrew.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
Sarah is the Project Manager for TechBridgeWorld. She develops programs related to innovating technology in collaboration with university faculty, students and staff as well as partners organizations in the US, Qatar and around the world.
sarahtbw [AT] ri.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
Andrew is interested in perception, state estimation, and control for UAVs. He is currently working on the Riverine projection with the goal of mapping rivers in GPS-denied environments using a small, octorotor helicopter.
achamber [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
Oscar is a master of product development with a background in mechanical engineering. He works at the planetary robotics center developing, building and testing systems, structures and components for lunar exploration robots and lightweight excavators.
ogf [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
Gary joined the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University in September 2012 where he is working as part of the Field Robotics Center supporting research projects for TechBridgeWorld.
garyfredgiger [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
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 on autonomous vehicles for specialty crops. 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
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
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
Rachel is a mechanical engineer assisting with fabrication and assembly of parts for rovers.
rach8ung [AT] gmail.com
Abhinav develops algorithms for multi-agent coordination, scheduling and control. His research interest includes planning, systems engineering and mechatronics.
avalada [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
Kyle works with image processing in apple orchards, focusing on correctly counting apples that occur in bunched groups.
kyle5 [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
Develops perception and state estimation algorithms. Current focus on combining planning and perception for performing multi-objective missions on a single platform.
ar.sankalp [AT] gmail.com
Tom is working on planetary robotics related to improving mobility of rover systems. His recent work includes the design and testing of a lunar ice-drilling rover.
tomcarlone [AT] gmail.com
Salem is currently studying feedback related error negativity,a component of Error related Potential, via the use an EEG device. His research interests lie in machine learning, AI, and computational neuroscience.
salemch [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
Vishunu's research interests include path-planning, control, machine learning, and multi-agent coordination.
rajeswar [AT] cmu.edu
Mark is a computing expert who focuses on intelligent vision systems that use human input to optimize image capture for complex tasks. He is also interested in sensing strategies for real-world environments and exploratory robotics.
markd [AT] cmu.edu
Michael works on search and tracking with teams of air and ground robots for surveillance and rescue applications. Previously, he developed an optical odometry system for a lunar rover and a laser-based docking system for an automated assembly line.
mdille3 [AT] andrew.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
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
Michael is working on the Life in the Atacama project. His interests lie in computational neuroscience, decision making, and science autonomy/experiment design.
furlong [AT] cmu.edu
Humphrey's interests are in localization with minimal infrastructure and multi-robot cooperation.
humhu [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
James develops camera and GUI software for lunar exploration. His research focuses on stereo reconstruction, systems integration and space-releva nt operator interfaces.
jslee [AT] cmu.edu
Jongho is a graduate student of Mechanical Engineering Department. He is focusing on the position estimator.
jonghole [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
Nick develops electronic systems for robotic vehicles. His main focus is on powering robots and their drive-trains. He also fabricates metal parts for numerous robots.
nletwin [AT] cmu.edu
Jackie is a PhD student in the RI, working on new sensing modalities and learning techniques for terrain classification on outdoor mobile robots. She focuses on self-supervised machine learning techniques using acoustics, vibration and visual data.
jlibby [AT] cmu.edu
Loret de Mola Lemus, Daniel
Daniel works on controlled rover descent of lunar craters. He is currently studying techniques for slip estimation and slip control architectures. His interests lie in robotic mechanical systems, terramechanics, controls, and systems engineering.
dloretde [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
Mike is a designer and fabricator interested in mechanical, thermal, and composite systems. His work focuses on lunar excavation and exploration robotics.
mmackin [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
Scott is a graduate student of CMU's Mechanical Engineering Department. He is currently focusing on design and field testing of a prototype lunar vehicle. Interests lie in lunar resource utilization and surface mobility.
smoreland [AT] cmu.edu
Nate is working on developing systems for robotic space exploration, specifically the exploration of planetary skylights on the Moon and Mars. He is particularly interested in autonomous perception, mapping, and navigation that will allow robots to effectively descend through these skylights and access the underground caverns below for continued exploration, mapping, and science.
otten [AT] 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
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
Chris develops lightweight robotic work machines for lunar and planetary applications. He researches robotic mobility and excavation in loose soils, and his interests include control and autonomy.
kskoniec [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
Luke has broad interests in mobile robot development. He is currently working on mechatronic design for UAVs in Dr. Sanjiv Singh’s group.
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
Ji Zhang works on autonomous off-road vehicles.
zhangji [AT] andrew.cmu.edu
Aaron is a mechanical engineer and software developer interested in planetary robotics; he performs structural simulations and develops flight software for spacecraft. He is currently pursuing the Google Lunar X Prize.
aaron.acton [AT] gmail.com
Allison is an industrial designer with an interest in web and interface design. She has contributed in a variety of ways to the Google Lunar X PRIZE and is currently providing web design work for the FRC.
allison.jones [AT] astrobotictech.com
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
Joerg is researching low level unmanned helicopter flight in the presence of obstacles. He is primarily interested in the relationship of sensor size, weight and performance to mission effectiveness and its resulting influences on helicopter size.
Joerg.Dittrich [AT] gmx.net
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.
fangzheng [AT] mail.neu.edu.cn
pranjaljain [AT] iitb.ac.in
Markus is studying Information Technology at the cooperated university DHBW in Friedrichshafen and just finished his fourth term. His work will be in the area of autonomously starting and landing a quadrocopter at the FRC with Dr. Scherer as head of the researching team.
markus-kuehn [AT] gmx.net
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.
kp [AT] cs.cmu.edu
Mritunjay is a student of Aerospace Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in Mumbai and have just finished his third year. His work is in the area of autonomous avoidance of obstacles by a MAV at the FRC with Dr. Scherer.
mritunjayprasad91 [AT] gmail.com
Ray Chowdhury, Jit
Jit is doing M.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. He is working on informative path planning to fly effectively and stay localized in constrained environments. His research interests include planning and control for RGB-D sensor controlled robot.
jit.ray.c [AT] gmail.com
Thomas is studying Electrical Engineering at the cooperated university DHBW in Friedrichshafen and just finished his fourth term. He researches in the area of autonomously starting and landing a quadrocopter at the FRC with Dr. Scherer.
t.schmid.gerolfing [AT] web.de
sk.savant [AT] iitb.ac.in
Chunlong works on the yield prediction research of vineyard. He especially focuses on the occlusion problem when using vision technology to detect grapes in outdoor environment. In his home university he mainly researches on the agricultural robotics.
zcl1515 [AT] cau.edu.cn