Group members with 2017 SURF students

Group members with 2017 SURF students

Group Director:

Administrative assistant

POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATES

  • Dr. Kyunam Kim
    Ph.D. in ME, University of California, Berkeley

  • Dr. Anthony Fragoso,
    Ph.D. in Aerospace, Caltech

  • Dr. Vincenzo Capuano
    Ph.D., EPFL

  • Dr. Wolfgang Hoenig
    Ph.D. in Computer Science, USC

Research Staff

  • Patrick Spieler
    B.S., M.S., EPFL

  • Sorina Lupu
    M.S., EPFL

  • Alexei Harvard
    B.S. in Mathematics, Caltech

Graduate Students

  • Xichen Shi (GALCIT)
    B.S. in Aerospace Engineering,University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • Yashwanth Kumar Nakka (GALCIT)
    B.S. in AE, Indian Institute of Space Science and technology (IIST)
    M.S. in AE, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    M.S. in AE, Caltech

  • Rebecca Foust (AE UIUC and Caltech)
    B.S. in Aerospace Engineering, University of Maryland
    M.S. in Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • Karena Cai (CDS), co-advised with Prof. Richard Murray
    B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Princeton University

  • Michael Duffy (AE UIUC), co-advised with Prof. Larry Bergman
    B.S., M.S. in Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • Kai Matsuka (GALCIT)
    B.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles
    M.S. in AE, Caltech

  • Michael O’Connell (GALCIT)
    B.S. in Aerospace Engineering,University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    M.S. in AE, Caltech

  • Hiroyasu Tsukamoto (GALCIT)
    B.S. in Aerospace Engineering, Kyoto University
    M.S. in AE, Caltech

  • Benjamin P. Riviere (GALCIT)
    B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University
    M.S. in AE, Caltech

  • Guanya Shi (CDS), co-advised with Yisong Yue
    B.E. in Mechanical Engineering, Tsinghua University

  • Ellande Tang (MCE), co-advised with Mory Gharib
    B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley

  • SooJean Han (CDS), co-advised with Prof. John Doyle
    B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics, University of California, Berkeley

  • Connor T. Lee (GALCIT)
    B.S. in Computer Science, Caltech

Undergraduate SURF/WAVE/AMP students

2019. Cruz, Brian; Feldman, Aaron; Lin, Yvette; Littman, Jamie; McCoy, Austin; Rock, Zoe; Sun, Jennifer; Van Nieuwstadt, Saskia; Veys, Yasmin; Vinogradsky, Anya; Wu, Asta; Sarah Zou; Isaac Perrin; Kasey Adams; Sauhaarda Chowdhuri; Brad Villacis; Gabriel Goch; Muhammad Moughal

2018. Anuj Chadha, Asta Wu, David Elliott, Elaine Lowinger, Evan Yu,Irene Crowell, Joshua Fernandez, Juliette Hu, Karen Chen, Michael Brown, Michael Iovine, Qifan Wang, Ruoyun Zheng, Anuj Chadha, Brendan Hollaway

2017. Michelle Zhao, Aditya Telikicherla, Jui Hung (Ray) Sun, Suzanne H. Oliver, Prinesh K. Mistry, Qifan (William) Wang, Hyung Ju (Terry) Suh, Yunsang Choi.

Former MemBERs who are now professors

  • Dr. Alireza Ramezani, Assistant Professor, EECS, Northeastern University

  • Dr. Aditya Paranjape Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Aerial Robotics, Department of Aeronautics, Imperial College London

  • Dr. Ashwin Dani Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Connecticut

  • Dr. Jingjin Yu Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, Rutgers University

  • Dr. Animesh Chakravarthy Assistant Professor in AE and ECE at Wichita State University

Former PhD Students

  • Kevin Meier
    Ph.D. Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (May 2018, Defended January 2018)
    Ph.D. Thesis (Thesis Supervisors: Seth Hutchinson and Soon-Jo Chung): Visual-Inertial Curve SLAM

  • Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay
    Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (May 2016, Defended December 2015)
    Ph.D. Thesis: Novel Probabilistic and Distributed Algorithms for Guidance, Control, and Nonlinear Estimation of Large-Scale Multi-Agent Systems
    Currently, Robotics Technologist at Jet Propulsion Laboratory

  • Michael Dorothy
    Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (December 2015)
    Ph.D. Thesis: Neuroinspired Control Strategies with Applications to Flapping Flight
    Currently, Aerospace Engineer at the Army Research Laboratory

  • Junho Yang
    Ph.D. in Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (December 2015)
    Ph.D. Thesis (Thesis Supervisors: Soon-Jo Chung and Seth Hutchinson): Vision based Estimation, Localization, and Mapping for Autonomous Vehicles
    Currently, Senior Engineer at Hyundai Motor Company

  • Daniel Morgan
    Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (May 2015)
    Ph.D. Thesis: Guidance and control of swarms of spacecraft
    Currently, Senior GNC Engineer at SpaceX

  • Aditya Paranjape
    Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (December 2011)
    Ph.D. Thesis: Dynamics and Control of Robotic Aircraft with Articulated Wings
    Assistant Professor, Imperial College London (2017) (formerly Assistant Professor at McGill University and Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay)

Former Postdoctoral Associates

  • Dr. Salar Rahili

  • Dr. Alireza Ramezani, Currently, Assistant Professor, Northeastern University

  • Dr. Ryan Alimo, Currrently with Jet Propulsion Laboratory

  • Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay, Currently, Robotics Technologist at Jet Propulsion Laboratory

  • Dr. Christian Chilan, Currently Research Associate at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • Dr. Aditya Paranjape Postdoctoral Associate (1/2012-10/2013, co-advised with Prof. Seth Hutchinson)
    Assistant Professor, Imperial College London (2017) (formerly Assistant Professor at McGill University and Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay)

  • Dr. Ashwin Dani (co-advised with Prof. Seth Hutchinson) Postdoctoral Associate (8/2011-8/2013)
    Currently, Assistant Professor, Department of ECE, University of Connecticut

  • Dr. Jingjin Yu (co-advised with Prof. Petros Voulgaris) Postdoctoral Associate (3/2013-8/2013)
    Currently, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, Rutgers University

  • Dr. Animesh Chakravarthy Postdoctoral Associate (50%, 2009-2010)
    Currently, Assistant Professor at Wichita State University

  • Dr. Keehong Seo (Postdoctoral Associate, 2008)
    Currently with Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT)

Former MS thesis Students and engineers

  • Thayjes Srivas (Research Staff at Caltech November 2017-November 2018)

  • Sorina Lupu (M.S. EPFL)

  • Martin Miller (ECE UIUC), co-advised w/ Prof. Seth Hutchinson
    M.S. Thesis: Hardware and Software Considerations for Monocular SLAM in A Riverine Environment

  • Currently, Ford Motor Company

  • Ayush Saxena M.S. in Aerospace Engineering, UIUC, December 2017

  • Francesca Baldini Visiting MS student from the University of Pisa, Italy
    M.S. in AE, Caltech

  • Giusy Falcone Visiting MS student from the University of Pisa, Italy

  • Lingyu Ma (co-advised with S. Hutchinson), M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, UIUC, December 2016
    M.S. Thesis: Monocular Vision Based Navigation Using Image Moments of Polygonal Features

  • Yashwanth Kumar Nakka (co-advised with J. Allison) M.S. in Aerospace Engineering, UIUC, December 2016
    M.S. Thesis: Nonlinear Attitude Control of Spacecraft with Strain-Actuated Solar Arrays

  • Mingyo Seo (co-advised with S. Hutchinson) M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, UIUC, August 2016
    M.S. Thesis: Application of a Model-Based Nonlinear Attitude Control for Quadtoror UAVs

  • Giri Prashant Subramanian, M.S. in Aerospace Engineering, August 2015
    M.S. Thesis: Nonlinear Control Strategies for Quadrotors and CubeSats

  • Nitish Sanghi, M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, May 2013
    M.S. Thesis: Design of Flexible Actuators using Electro-Active Polymers And CPG-based Control Strategies
    Currently, Mechanical Engineer on Surgical Instruments, Intuitive Surgical Inc

  • Dushyant Rao, M.S. in Aerospace Engineering, August 2012
    M.S. Thesis: CurveSLAM: Utilizing Higher Level Structure in Stereo Vision-based Navigation (Advisors: Soon-Jo Chung and Seth Hutchinson)
    Currently, Postdoc at University of Oxford, UK.

  • Jin Yu Guan, M.S. in Aerospace Engineering, Mary 2012
    M.S. Thesis: Design and Control Strategy of a Flexible, Hyper-Redundant Robotic Arm using Electroactive Dielectric Polymers
    Currently, GNC Systems Engineer, Lockheed Martin Corporation

  • P. Daniel Kuang, M.S. in Aerospace Engineering, December 2011
    M.S. Thesis: Robobat: Dynamics and Control of Flapping Flight Micro Aerial Vehicles
    Currently, Control Engineer at Cummins, Inc.

  • Daniel Morgan, M.S. in Aerospace Engineering, August 2011
    M.S. Thesis: Swarm Keeping Strategies for Spacecraft under J2 and Atmospheric Drag Perturbations
    Currently, Senior GNC Engineer at SpaceX

VISITORS

  • Prof. Atsuhiko Senba Visiting Scholar (7/2012-7/2013)
    Assistant Professor Department of Aerospace Engineering, Nagoya University, Japan

Undergraduate Research Assistants (OLD)

  • Swarm Spacecraft Testbed Development (6/2010-Current): Elliot Schwartz, Jenny Roderick, David Hanley, Mike Looby, Li Pan, Ricardo Toro (MS NT), Patrix Haddox (MS-NT)

  • Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Vision Tracking Challenge (since 1/2012): Rasheed Ibrahim, Xichen Shi, Shubham Gupta, Oliver Cai, Guanyang Luo, Sunil Patel, Jonathan Yong (MS-NT), Shravan Gupta, Derek Chen, Christian Howard, Hong-bin Yoon, Niclas Mueller, Gregory Doidge

  • Bio-inspired Flight Mechanics and Control of MAVs: Harry Rocha (ISGC UROP), Joseph Kim, Jim Holtman, Andy Meister, Matt Schipp, Dan Chuchawat, Nihir Ghandi, Robert Cachro, Or Dantsker

  • Swarm Spacecraft Trajectory Optimization (8/2010-5/2011): Austin Nicholas (Winner of NSF Graduate Fellowship, currently at MIT)

  • Design, Fabrication, and Control of Cellular, Flexible Robotic Arms and Control: Daniel Park, Eric Reisenbuckler, Ryan Cook (FPGA Based Central Pattern Generator)

  • Control of Bipedal-Walking Humanoid Robot: Sudarshan Rangan; Alex Cheung

  • Maulik Choksi, James Holtman, Michael Looby, Andrew Meister, Sudarshan Rangan, Matt Schipp, Jonathan Yong, Alex Leung, Harry Rocha, Austin Nicholas

  • Kito Berg-Taylor, Mark Kane, Keegan Gartner

  • Ravi Sharma, Shuang Gao

  • Brad Smith, Anid Monsur, Ryan Paul, Antonella Albuja, Chris Massina, Merritt Tennison