© 2018 by Dr. Alex Ramirez-Serrano


The research group of the Unmanned Vehicles Robotarium Systems lab is mainly composed of researchers, scientific personnel and graduate (Ph.D. and M.Sc.) students. Since its creation in 2004, the Lab has trained several students working on diverse areas of unmanned vehicle systems. If you would like to know about our past projects and the students that worked on such developments please check our "Former Students" webpage.


The current team members of the lab are listed below ( R&D Fellows: 1  ;  Ph.D.: 6  ;  M.Sc.: 7  ;  B.Sc.: 2 ):

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Alex Ramirez-Serrano, P.Eng.

Professor  /  Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering  /  Director UVS Robotarium Lab.


Office:  MEB-523

Laboratory (Robotarium):  EEEL-124 & EEEL-125

Curriculum Vitae



  • Post-Doc,  Control & Robotics  -  Argonne National Laboratory  -  U.S.A.  (2002)

  • Ph.D.Mechanical & Industrial Eng  -  University of Toronto (UofT)  -  Canada  (2000)

  • M.Sc.Computer Science - Artificial Intelligence  -  Monterrey Tech (ITESM)  -  Mexico   (1996)

  • M.Sc.Mechanical & Aerospace Eng  -  Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT)  -  U.S.A.  (1993)

  • B.Sc.Mechanical Engineering  -  Univ. Autonoma Metropolitana  (UAM)  -  Mexico  (1992)

Post-doctoral / R&D Fellows:

Jeehae Chae

Project: Design of a 3D-printed life-size humanoid robot torso using biomimicry concepts.

Ph.D. Students

Sherif M. Hassan
Student in the Dept. of Elect. Eng.

Thesis: Navigation control of unmanned systems.

Advanced path-planning, navigation, and control for autonomous vehicles.

Marshall Staples

Thesis: Sniffer drone.

Develop UAV navigation methodologies for the detection of fugitive emissions.

Pablo Segura Parra
Co-supervisor: Dr. Ma. Lobato Calleros Student at the Univ. Iberoamericana

Thesis: Human-robot interaction (HRI) study.

Study & development of HRI interaction mechanisms for industrial applications.

Maryam Taherinezhad

Thesis: Multi-sensor navigation of UVS.

Multi-sensor navigation, control, and analysis of drones for restricted spaces.

Rong Hanxiao
Student at the Harbin  Eng. University

Thesis: Underwater drone control & navigation.

Control of a Highly agile underwater manipulator for confined spaces.

Ahmed G. Habashi
Student in the Dept. of Elect. Eng.

Thesis: Control of stabilized landing platform.

Development of stabilized landing platforms for highly maneuverable UAVs.

M.Sc. Students

Shadi Moghaddasi

Thesis: High-speed locomotion of humanoids.

Develop control & stability mechanisms for fast navigation of humanoid robots.

Jaime A. Garcia

Thesis: Control of highly agile UUVs.

Develop control architectures for underwater vehicles operating in confined spaces.

Saquib Khalid

Thesis: Course-based student working on automation systems.

Roberto Corral

Thesis: Control of mobile manipulators.

Control of unmanned aerial, ground, and underwater mobile manipulators.

Benjamin Dalman

Thesis: Supersonic UAV.

Initial development of a supersonic UAV design (flight control, and aircraft geometry).

Parastoo Dastangoo

Thesis: Multi-contact humanoid control.

Develop multi-contact control systems to enable humanoids operate in confined spaces.

Rodrigo Garza

Thesis: Control of humanoid robots.

Multi-sensor control and analysis of humanoid robots for operations in hazardous spaces.

B.Sc. Students

Abhijeet S. Jagdev

Project: Humanoid robot on rough terrains.

Deep reinforcement learning, simulation and training system, for humanoid robots.

Alexander Greco

Project: Underwater vision.

Programming ROS software for the control of underwater stereo vision.

Nothing is impossible !"

We aim to develop technologies to ensure that unmanned vehicles can deal with unexpected situations (changes, errors, etc.) or tasks that challenge their sensing, modeling, planning, adaptation, or movement envelopes.

We are working to realize fully autonomous robots with effective human-robot interaction capabilities. 

Dr. Alex Ramirez-Serrano

Director of the Unmanned Vehicles Robotarium laboratory