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Staff

Caitlin Coad
Lab Manager

Jnaneshwar Das
Post-Doctoral Researcher in Robotics

Jnaneshwar’s research interests lie broadly in data-driven robotic sampling for the earth sciences. To aid studies requiring ex-situ lab analysis, he is currently developing novel methods for autonomous collection of physical samples (e.g., soil, air, water, etc.), guided by in-situ robotic sensing.

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Sambeeta Das
Post-doctoral 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.

Rebecca Hayward
Associate Director, Research

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Terry Kientz
Project Engineer

Giuseppe Loianno
Research Scientist

Giuseppe Loianno’s research activity focus on Vision based localization, sensor fusion, visual serving and control for Micro Aerial Vehicles.

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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.

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Dinesh Thakur
Research Staff

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

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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.

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Steven Chen
M.S.E. Robotics

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.

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.

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Monroe Kennedy
Ph.D. MEAM

Monroe’s research interests include dynamics and controls of humanoid robots with a focus on decentralized cooperative robotic transport.

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Sikang Liu
Ph.D. MEAM

Sikang’s interests are in localization, mapping and exploration with multiple unmanned aerial vehicles.

Wenxin Liu
Ph.D. CIS

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

Kartik Mohta
Ph.D. ESE

Kartik works on vision-based control of quadrotors with limited comptational capabilities and applications of teams of such robots.

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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.

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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.

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Tolga Ozaslan
Ph.D. MEAM

I am working on designing algorithms for simultaneous localization and mapping with minimal sensory devices in computationally constrained quad-rotor platforms.

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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.

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Rattanachai Ramaithitima
Ph.D. CIS

Tee’s interests focus on the design and development of algorithms and systems for motion planning, coverage and sensing in multi-robot systems and robot swarms.

Kelsey Saulnier
Ph.D. ESE

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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.

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James Svacha
Ph.D. ESE

Sarah Tang
Ph.D. MEAM

Sarah’s research interests are in nonlinear control, hybrid dynamical systems, and multi-robot cooperation.

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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.

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Mike Watterson
Ph.D. ESE

Mike interests include vision based estimation, control, and planning of robots.

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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

Tanmay Chordia
Undergraduate M&T

Tanmay is interested in computer vision, including vision based control systems and machine learning for image recognition.

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Anurag Makineni
Undergraduate MEAM

Anurag’s research interests include the design and control of unmanned aerial vehicles.

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