Group

About Me | Current Members | Alumni

Staff

Avi Cohen
Postdoctoral Researcher

Avi Cohen received his B.Sc, M.Sc and PhD in Mechanical Engineering and Robotics from the Technion University – Israel Institute of Technology, in October 2010, October 2016 and July 2018 respectively.

His research interests lie in the intersection of dynamical systems, robotics, Micro Aerial Vehicles, and the development of new mathematical and computational tools for resilient autonomous robot navigation under uncertain that arise naturally during robot deployment in real-world settings.

Sambeeta Das
Postdoctoral Researcher in Microrobotics

Sambeeta’s (Sam’s) research interests lie at the intersection of micro-robotics, synthetic biology and surface chemistry. In particular her research focuses on designing and functionalizing different micro-robotic structures which could be used for different applications in synthetic biology such as pattern generation, drug delivery, sensing and cell manipulation.

Terry Kientz
Project Engineer

David Saldana
Postdoctoral Researcher in Robotics

David’s research involves multi-robot systems and swarm robotics.  He is also interested in control and algorithms for modular flying robots.

Read More...


Daigo Shishika
Postdoctoral Researcher

Daigo’s research interests are in dynamics and control of networked multi-agent systems including animal groups and robot swarms.  His current focus is on the resiliency to agent/network failures and the effect of heterogeneity in such systems.  He received the B.S. degree from the University of Tokyo in 2012, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Maryland in 2017, both in aerospace engineering.
Ed Steager
Research Scientist

Ed is interested in the field of micro-robotics. He investigates actuation and control techniques at length scales less than 100 microns with an emphasis on single-cell interfaces.

Read More...


Dinesh Thakur
Research Staff

Dinesh’s interests are in multi-robot path planning and controls.

Read More...


Briana Tyson
Lab Manager

Ph.D Students

Elizabeth Beattie Hunter
Ph.D. MEAM

Elizabeth’s interests focus on the development of actuation, sensing, and control methods for micro-robot systems, as well as modeling the dynamics of bacteria driven micro-robots.

Read More...


Steven Chen
Ph.D. CIS

Steven’s research interests lie at the intersection of machine learning and robotics, with a special focus on the theory and application of deep learning.

Luis Guerrero
Ph.D. MEAM

Luis’s interests include control systems applied to robotics.

Laura Jarin-Lipschitz

Laura is interested in path planning, control, and design of autonomous aerial robots and multi-robot systems.

Read More...


James Keller
Ph.D. MEAM

Jim works on time critical path planning applications for teams of fixed-wing autonomous aerial vehicles. His research thrust is embedding spline-based curves into constrained optimization algorithms.

Read More...


Arbaaz Khan
Ph.D., ESE

Arbaaz’s research interests lie at the intersection of learning and decision making for robotics. These include improving upon existing policy optimization methodologies, model-based learning, neural network architectures and exploring new models for robust learning.

Read More...


Elijah Lee
Ph.D. CIS

Elijah’s passion is in the construction of robust robotic systems, and he strives to build autonomous systems to aid humans and solve real-world problems. His research interests include aerial robotics, autonomous systems, computer vision, sensor fusion, and robot control.

Rebecca Li

Rebecca’s research interests include aerial robots and multi-agent systems.

Read More...


Wenxin Liu
Ph.D. CIS

Wenxin’s area of focus is in computer vision and robotics.

Ian Miller
Ph.D., ESE

Ian is a Ph.D. student studying Electrical and Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania under Dr. Vijay Kumar.  His interests include automated aerial systems for mapping dangerous and hostile environments as well as cooperative mapping.  He received a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Physics in 2018 from Lafayette College.

Read More...


Daniel Mox
Ph.D. MEAM

Dan’s research interests include multi-robot path planning and control with an emphasis on situational awareness and information theoretic exploration.

Yash Mulgaonkar
Ph.D. MEAM

Yash’s research is focused on low-cost, rapid fabrication methods and embedded design for building “pico scale” MAVs. He has also developed systems for extending their mission life for fully autonomous multi-agent persistent aerial missions through task distribution and automated charging.

Read More...


Ty Nguyen
Ph.D. CIS

Ty’s research interests are in the areas of  Machine Learning, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence. His current focuses are on Control & Optimization, Deep Reinforcement Learning, Knowledge Transfer and Probabilistic Modelling.
As a long-term goal, he whole-heartedly works to facilitate the coexisting of robots and intelligent agents with us.

Read More...


Chao Qu
Ph.D. CIS

Chao’s research focuses on problems in computer vision and state estimation with a particular interest in stereo vision and 3d reconstruction.

Read More...


Kelsey Saulnier
Ph.D. ESE

Read More...


Ke Sun
Ph.D. ESE

Ke’s research interests covers perception, mapping and planning, with a special focus on utilizing these algorithms on aerial robots.

Read More...


James Svacha
Ph.D. ESE

Read More...


Ekaterina Tolstaya
Ph.D. ESE

Ekaterina is a PhD candidate in Electrical and Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. She is advised by Dr. Vijay Kumar and Dr. Alejandro Ribeiro. Her interests lie at the intersection of reinforcement learning and applied aerial robotics. She completed a B.S. degree in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at the University of Maryland in 2016.

Read More...


Mickey Whitzer
Ph.D. MEAM

Mickey’s interests are in the rapid exploration of partially known/unknown environments using mobile robots with limited sensing and communication capabilities. He is also interested in the formation flight of fixed-wing aircrafts.

Masters Students

Undergraduate Students

Top