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Ph.D. Students

Ben Charrow, Ph.D. (2015)
Current Position: Google
Thesis Title: Information-theoretic active perception for multi-robot teams
Philip Dames, Ph.D. (2015)
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Temple University
Thesis Title: Multi-Robot Active Information Gathering Using Random Finite Sets.
Jun Seo, Ph.D. (2014)
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Thesis Title: Grasping and Assembling with Modular Robots
Matthew Turpin, Ph.D. (2014)
Current Position: Staff Research Engineer, Qualcomm
Shaojie Shen, Ph.D. (2014)
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Electronic and Computer Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
Thesis Title: Autonomous Navigation in Complex Indoor and Outdoor Environments with Micro Aerial Vehicles.
Soonkyum Kim, Ph.D. (2013)
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, CMU.
Daniel Melllinger, Ph.D. (2012)
Current Position: Co-President, KMel Robotics
Quentin Lindsey, Ph.D. (2012)
Current Position: Aeronvironment Inc.
Subhrajit Bhattacharya, Ph.D. (2012)
Current Position: Lehigh University
Thesis Title: Topological and Geometric Techniques in Graph Search-Based Robot Planning.
Jonathan Fink, Ph.D. (2011)
Current Position: Army Research Laboratory.
Nora Ayanian, Ph.D. (2011)
Current Position: Assistant Professor, USC.
Ethan Stump, Ph.D. (2010)
Current Position: Army Research Laboratory
Mahmut Selman Sakar, Ph.D. (2010)
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, MIT.
Spring Berman, Ph.D. (2010)
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University.
David Cappelleri, Ph.D. (2009)
Current Position: Asst. Prof., Stevens Institute of Technology.
Luciano Pimenta, Ph.D. (2009)
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Federal University of Mineas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Nathan Michael, Ph.D. (2009)
Current Position: Research Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania.
Ani Hsieh, Ph.D. (2007)
Current Position: Asst. Prof. Drexel University.
Thesis Title: Motion Control Strategies for Networked Robot Teams in Environment with Obstacles
Jungwoo Kim, Ph.D. (2006)
Current Position: Currently at Notilus Hyosung, Seoul, S. Korea.
Thesis Title: Adaptive Randomized Algorithms for Validation and Analysis of Complex Systems
Meghann Lomas, Ph.D. (2006)
Current Position: Advanced Technologies Laboratory, Lockheed Martin.
Thesis Title: Reinforcement Learning for Mobile Robot Controllers: Theory and Experiments
Sachin Chitta, Ph.D. (2005)
Current Position: Currently at Willow Garage.
Thesis Title: Dynamics and Control of a Class of Modular Locomotion Systems
Aveek Das, Ph.D. (2004)
Current Position: Currently at Sarnoff Corporation.
Thesis Title: Cooperative Control of Robot Formations
Rahul Rao, Ph.D. (2004)
Current Position: Currently at Intel Corporation.
Thesis Title: Image Based Control of an Unmanned Ground Vehicle from an Overhead Camera
Calin Belta, Ph.D. (2003)
Current Position: Currently Asst. Prof., Boston University.
Thesis Title: Geometric Methods for Multirobot Planning and Control
Joel Esposito, Ph.D. (2002)
Current Position: Associate Professor, United States Naval Academy.
Thesis Title: Simulation and Control of Hybrid Systems with Applications to Mobile Robotics
Peng Song, Ph.D. (2002)
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Rutgers University.
Thesis Title: Modeling, Analysis and Simulation of Multibody Systems with Contact and Friction
Tom Sugar, Ph.D. (1999)
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Arizona State University.
Thesis Title: Design and Control of Cooperating Manipulators
Jaydev Desai, Ph.D. (1998)
Current Position: Assoc. Prof., Mechanical Engineering, Univ. of Maryland.
Thesis Title: Nonholonomic Motion Planning for Multiple Mobile Manipulators
Venkat Krovi, Ph.D. (1998)
Current Position: Associate Professor, SUNY Buffalo.
Thesis Title: Design and Virtual Prototyping of User Customized Assistive Devices
Milos Zefran, Ph.D. (1996)
Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of Illinois, Chicago.
Thesis Title: Continuous Methods for Motion Planning
Chau-Chang Wang, Ph.D. (1995)
Current Position: Assistant Professor, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Taiwan.
Thesis Title: Kinematics and Control of Redundant Nonholonomic Systems
William Howard, Ph.D. (1995)
Current Position: President, Stability Technology, Buford, Georgia.
Thesis Title: Stability of Grasps: Beyond Force Closure
Mohamed Ouerfelli, Ph.D. (1994)
Current Position: Assistant Professor, King Fahd University, Saudi Arabia.
Thesis Title: Kinematics of Head Movements in Paraplegics and Interaction with Robot Manipulators
Nilanjan Sarkar, Ph.D. (1993)
Current Position: Associate Professor, Vanderbilt University.
Thesis Title: Control of Mechanical Systems with Rolling Contacts
Yin-Tien Wang, Ph.D. (1992)
Current Position: Associate Professor, Tamkang University, Taiwan.
Thesis Title: Analysis and Simulation of Mechanical Systems with Multiple Frictional Contacts
Jung-ha Kim, Ph.D. (1990)
Current Position: Professor, Kook Min University, Seoul, S. Korea.
Thesis Title: Kinematics and Statics of Multifingered Grippers
Nathan Ulrich, Ph.D. (1990)
Current Position: President, Technique Applied Science, Inc.
Thesis Title: Mechanical Design Optimization of Manipulator Design Performance

Postdoctoral Fellows

Philip Dames, Ph.D. (2015-2016)
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Temple University
Thesis Title: Multi-Robot Active Information Gathering Using Random Finite Sets.
Giuseppe Loianno, Ph.D. (2014-2015)
Current Position: Research Scientist
Jun Seo, Ph.D. (2014-2015)
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Thesis Title: Grasping and Assembling with Modular Robots
Pratap Tokekar, Ph.D. (2014-2015)
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech
Thesis Title: Placement and Motion Planning Algorithms for Robotic Sensing Systems
Mihail Pivtoraiko, Ph.D. (2013-2014)
Subhrajit Bhattacharya, Ph.D. (2012-2016)
Current Position: Lehigh University
Thesis Title: Topological and Geometric Techniques in Graph Search-Based Robot Planning.
Koushil Sreenath, Ph.D. (2012-2013)
Current Position: Assistant Professor, CMU.
Qimi Jiang, Ph.D. (2009-2011)
Current Position: Mining Technologies International, Ontario.
Vinutha Kallem, Ph.D. (2009-2011)
Current Position: Currently at SRI
Bogdan Gavrea, Ph.D. (2006-2007)
Manish Kumar, Ph.D. (2006)
Current Position: Asst. Prof., University of Cincinnati
Peng Cheng, Ph.D. (2005-2008)
Current Position: Currently at Mathworks
Savvas Loizou, Ph.D. (2005-2007)
Current Position: Visiting Asst. Prof., Naval Arch. and Marine Eng., National Technical University of Athens
Adam Halasz, Ph.D. (2004-2006)
Current Position: Asst. Prof., University of West Virginia
Ben Grocholsky, Ph.D. (2003-2006)
Current Position: Research Scientist, Carnegie Mellon University
Luiz Chaimowicz, Ph.D. (2003-2005)
Current Position: Currently Adjunct Prof., Federal University of Mineas Gerais, Brazil
Peng Song, Ph.D. (2003-2005)
Current Position: Asst. Prof., Rutgers University
Xiaoye Wang, Ph.D. (2002 (joint with Harvey Rubin and G. K. Ananthasuresh))
Herbert Tanner, Ph.D. (2001-2002 (joint with George Pappas))
Current Position: Asst. Prof., Mechanical Engineering, University of New Mexico
Jason Derenick, Ph.D. (2001)
Current Position: Currently at UTRC
Rafael Fierro, Ph.D. (1999-2001)
Current Position: Asst. Prof., Electrical Engineering, Oklahoma State University
John Ben Southall, Ph.D. (1999-2000)
Current Position: Currently at Sarnoff
John Wright, Ph.D. (1999)
Current Position: Assoc. Prof., Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Greg Grudic, Ph.D. (1998-2001)
Current Position: Asst. Prof., Computer Science, University of Colorado at Boulder
Jean-Marc Vezien, Ph.D. (1996-1998)
Current Position: Currently at INRIA, France
Herman Bruyninckx, Ph.D. (1996-1997)
Current Position: Currently on the faculty of the Katholik University, Leuven, Belgium
Elan Henis, Ph.D. (1992-1993)
Current Position: Currently at the IBM Haifa Research Laboratory
Leslie Johnson, Ph.D. (1991)
Thesis Title: A Numerical Technique for Determination of Contact Forces for Multifingered Robotic Grippers

Masters Students

Cedric de Crousaz, MS (May 2015)
Gareth Cross, MS (May 2015)
Current Position: Skydio
Thesis Title: Sparse Monocular Visual Odometry
Michael Shomin, MS (2011)
Erik Smith, MS (2008)
Current Position: US Navy
Dimitris Theodorakatos, MS (2007)
Thesis Title: Cable-Actuated Parallel Manipulators
Gilad Buchman, MS (2007)
Fred Heger, MS (2004)
William Yeoh, MS (2004)
Robert Breslawski, MS (1999)
Thesis Title: Articulated Wheeled and Legged Mobility System for Uneven Terrain
Brad Dufour, MS (1997)
Thesis Title: Strength Amplification in Assistive Devices for People with Physical Disabilities
Milos Zefran, MS (1995)
Thesis Title: Numerical Techniques for Time Optimal Robot Control
Venkat Krovi, MS (1995)
Thesis Title: Modeling and Control of a Hybrid Locomotion System
Greg Garvin, MS (1994)
Thesis Title: Kinematics and Trajectory Generation in Two-Armed Reaching and Manipulation
Parris Wellman, MS (1994)
Thesis Title: An Adaptive Mobility System
Seshadri Narasimhan, MS (1994)
Thesis Title: Control of Robot Manipulators in Singular Configurations
J. Chris Gerdes, MS (1992)
Thesis Title: Modeling and Analysis of the Dynamic Behavior of Spur Gears with Applications To Control
Thomas G. Sugar, MS (1992)
Thesis Title: Design and Control of an in-Parallel Pneumatically-Actuated Manipulator
George Pfreundschuh, MS (1990)
Thesis Title: Kinematics, Design and Control of a Parallel Manipulator
Michael C. Johnson, MS (1989)
Thesis Title: Force and Motion Control of Redundantly Actuated Robotic Systems with Closed Kinematic Chains
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