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.: 9  ;  M.Sc.: 3  ;  B.Sc.: 0 ):

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:

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Jeehae Chae

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

Ph.D. Students

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Melina Varguez R.
Student in BIomendical Eng.

Thesis: Bio-engineering humanoid motions.

Develop bio-engineering motion adaptation approaches for humanoids maneuvers.

Marshall Staples
Co-supervisor Dr. Chris Hugenholtz

Thesis: Sniffer drone.

Develop UAV navigation methodologies for the detection of fugitive emissions.

Maryam Taherinezhad

Thesis: Multi-sensor navigation of UVS.

Multi-sensor maneuvering control of acrobatic UAVs in GPS-denied confined environments.

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

Thesis: Navigation of autonomous vehicles.

Integrated guidance, navigation, and control of a highly-maneuverable transitional UAVs.

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Chanhong Park
01/2022-to start

Thesis: Control of highly maneuverable VTOL.

Control/Path planning of thrust vectoring drones for operation in GPS-denied confined spaces.

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Amir Gholami

Thesis: Multi-contact control of legged robots.

Control of acrobatic biped & quadruped robots operating in unstructured spaces.

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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.

Ahmed G. Habashi
09/2021-to start
Student in the Dept. of Elect. Eng.

Thesis: Control of stabilized landing platform.

Development of stabilized landing platforms for highly maneuverable UAVs.

Hossein Keshavarz

Thesis: Perceptive whole-body planning.

Whole-body planning for multi-legged robots in 3D confined unstructured confined spaces.

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to start as soon as possible

Thesis: Full-body motion planning of hybrid robots

Modeling, control, and planning of search & rescue multi-legged robots for confined spaces.

M.Sc. Students

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Rodrigo Garza

Thesis: Reinforcement learning for humanoids.

Acrobatic manuevers of humanoid robots via deep reinforcement learning control.

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Benjamin J. Durante
Co-supervisor Dr. Craig Johansen

Thesis: Control of a supersonic UAV.

Development of a control architecture for small scale (1-2 wingspan) supersonic UAVs.

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Anastasia Johnson
09/2021-to start

Thesis: Locomotion transition of hybrid robots.

Develop locomotion transition strategies for hybrid robots operating in confined spaces.

B.Sc. Students

In search

Project: Control of Hybrid robots.

Analysis and AI control of hybrid multi-legged robots.

Nothing is impossible !"

In this research lab. 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

for operations in unstructured hazardous confined GPS-denied spaces. 

Dr. Alex Ramirez-Serrano

Director of the Unmanned Vehicles Robotarium laboratory