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: 2 ; Ph.D.: 10 ; M.Sc.: 2 ; B.Sc.: 0 ):
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:
Student, Universidad de la Laguna
Project: Whole-body tractable motion-planning and state estimation solutions for multi-legged (multi-locomotion capability) robots.
Student, Northwestern Polytechnic
Project: Locomotion control of humanoid robots via smart ROS software with advance body posture adaptation.
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: Multi-sensor navigation of UVS.
Multi-sensor maneuvering control of acrobatic UAVs in GPS-denied confined environments.
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: 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: Perceptive whole-body planning.
Whole-body planning for multi-legged robots in 3D confined unstructured confined spaces.
Thesis: Full-body motion planning of hybrid robots
Modeling, control, and planning of search & rescue multi-legged robots for confined spaces.
Thesis: Unsteady Aerodynamics of Rotary Wings.
Non-linear unsteady aerodynamic investigation of rotary wings.
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.
Thesis: Locomotion transition of hybrid robots.
Develop locomotion transition strategies for hybrid robots operating in confined spaces.
Project: ROS software for Humanoids.
Software for a life-size humanoid robot using ROS (GUI and Sensor data acquisition).
Project: Landing platform ofr UAVs.
Design and control of an automated landing platforms for moving surfaces.
Project: ROS software for Humanoids.
Software for a life-size humanoid robot using ROS (Kinematics & motion 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