PEOPLE

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.: 10  ;  M.Sc.: 4  ;  B.Sc.: 3 ):

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

 

Certifications:

  • 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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Bibiana Fariña
05/2023-08/2023
Student, Universidad de la Laguna
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Project: Whole-body tractable motion-planning and state estimation solutions for multi-legged (multi-locomotion capability) robots.

Ph.D. Students

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Melina Varguez R.
01/2020-present
Student in BIomendical Eng.
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Thesis: Bio-engineering humanoid motions.

Develop bio-engineering motion adaptation approaches for humanoids maneuvers.

Marshall Staples
04/2018-present
Co-supervisor Dr. Chris Hugenholtz

Thesis: Sniffer drone.

Develop UAV navigation methodologies for the detection of fugitive emissions.

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Pablo Segura Parra
09/2019-present
Co-supervisor: Dr. Ma. Lobato Calleros Student at the Univ. Iberoamericana
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Thesis: Human-robot interaction (HRI) study.

Study & development of HRI interaction mechanisms for industrial applications.

Maryam Taherinezhad
01/2020-present

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
01/2021-present
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
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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
01/2021-present
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Thesis: Multi-contact control of legged robots.

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

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Hossein Keshavarz
05/2021-present
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Thesis: Perceptive whole-body planning.

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

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Mahyar Ashkvari
05/2022-present
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Thesis: Full-body motion planning of hybrid robots

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

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Abdallah Dayhoum
09/2022-to start
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Thesis: Unsteady Aerodynamics of Rotary Wings.

Non-linear unsteady aerodynamic investigation of rotary wings.

M.Sc. Students

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Rodrigo Garza
01/2020-present

Thesis: Reinforcement learning for humanoids.

Acrobatic manuevers of humanoid robots via deep reinforcement learning control.

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Benjamin J. Durante
05/2020-present
Co-supervisor:  Dr. Craig Johansen
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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-present

Thesis: Locomotion transition of hybrid robots.

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

B.Sc. Students

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Urja Jain
5/20/2022-8/11/2022
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Project: ROS software for Humanoids.

Software for a life-size humanoid robot using ROS (GUI and Communications).

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Abhigyan Adarsh
5/16/2022-08/5/2022
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Project: Electronic systems for humanoids.

Design of an electronic architecture for a life-size humanoid robot.

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Divya A B
5/25/2022-8/17/2022
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Project: ROS software for Humanoids.

Software for a life-size humanoid robot using ROS (Sensor & navigation visualization tools).

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