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Staff

Terry Kientz
Project Engineer

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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Briana Tyson
Lab Manager

Postdoctoral Researchers

Avi Cohen

Avi 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.

Luis Guerrero
Publications

Luis’s interests include control systems applied to robotics.

Douglas G. Macharet
Publications

Douglas is currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science (DCC) at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG). He received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the same university in 2013. He is with the Computer Vision and Robotics Laboratory (VeRLab) and his main research interests are in path planning and navigation, multi-robot systems and swarm robotics, and human-robot interaction.

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Jimmy Paulos
Publications

Jimmy’s research interests include the dynamics and control of autonomous micro air vehicles, planning and control for multi-robot systems, and applying machine learning to cooperation and communication in multi-robot teams. Previously he received his B.S. from the California Institute of Technology in 2009, M.Eng. from Cornell University in 2011, and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2017.

David Saldana

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

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Daigo Shishika
Publications

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.

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
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.

Laura Jarin-Lipschitz
Ph.D. MEAM

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

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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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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.

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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
Ph.D. MEAM

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

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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.

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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.

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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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

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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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Jake Welde
PhD MEAM
Publications

Jake is interested in dynamical modeling, planning, and control for aerial robots equipped with manipulators, enabling physical interaction with the environment without the workspace constraints of traditional ground manipulators. He is also interested in real-time planning algorithms that incorporate dynamics, sensor, and actuator constraints to achieve the maximum possible performance while ensuring feasibility. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Penn in 2019.

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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.

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