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: 3 ; Ph.D.: 9 ; M.Sc.: 3 ; B.Sc.: 2 ):
Dr. Alex Ramirez-Serrano, P.Eng.
Professor / Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering / Director UVS Robotarium Lab.
Laboratory (Robotarium): EEEL-124 & EEEL-125
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:
Project: Control allocation formulations for INDI control architectures applied to highly maneuverable UAVs with dynamic coupling.
Student, Northwestern Polytechnic
Project: Locomotion control of humanoid robots via smart ROS software with advance body posture adaptation.
Student, Military technical College
Project: Electronic navigation and guidance system capable of running INDI control strategies via a Pixhawk 6C autopilot.
Melina Varguez R.
Student in BIomendical Eng.
Thesis: Bio-engineering humanoid motions.
Develop bio-engineering motion adaptation approaches for humanoids maneuvers.
Co-supervisor Dr. Chris Hugenholtz
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.
Thesis: Unsteady Aerodynamics of Rotary Wings.
Non-linear unsteady aerodynamic investigation of rotary wings.
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.
Thesis: Perceptive whole-body planning.
Whole-body planning for multi-legged robots in 3D confined unstructured confined spaces.
Co-supervisor: Dr. Mahdis Bisheban
Thesis: Control of highly maneuverable VTOL.
Control/Path planning of thrust vectoring drones for operation in GPS-denied confined spaces.
Thesis: Multi-contact control of legged robots.
Control of acrobatic biped & quadruped robots operating in unstructured spaces.
Thesis: Full-body motion planning of hybrid robots
Modeling, control, and planning of search & rescue multi-legged robots for confined spaces.
Co-supervisor: Dr. Craig Johansen
Thesis: Control of a supersonic UAV.
PID & INDI control architecture assessment for small scale supersonic UAVs.
Thesis: Locomotion transition of hybrid robots.
Develop locomotion transition strategies for hybrid robots operating in confined spaces.
Stefan Van de Mosselaer
Thesis: Aggressive locomotion of legged robots.
Aggressive locomotion for high-speed 14+ DOF quadruped robots to overcome large obstacles
Project: ROS software for Humanoids.
Software for a life-size humanoid robot using ROS (GUI and Sensor data acquisition).
Project: Oscilating landing platform for UAVs.
Highly Maneuverable Landing Platform for UAVs.
“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