Group Director:

Administrative assistant

POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATES AT Caltech

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

  • Dr. Salar Rahili
    PhD, University of California, Riverside

  • Dr. Alireza Ramezani
    PhD in ME, University of Michigan

  • Dr. Ryan Alimo
    PhD in Computational Sciences, UC San Diego

  • Open Postdoctoral Associate Positions

Graduate Students

  • Xichen Shi (GALCIT) 
    B.S. in Aerospace Engineering,University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Francesca Baldini (GALCIT)
    B.S. and M.S., University of Pisa, Italy
  • 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
  • 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 w/ Prof. Richard Murray
    B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Princeton University
  • Sorina Lupu, visiting MS student from EPFL
  • Kevin Meier (ECE UIUC), co-advised w/ Prof. Seth Hutchinson
    B.S.,M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering Brigham Young University
  • Michael Duffy (AE UIUC), co-advised w/ Prof. Larry Bergman
     B.S., M.S. in Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Martin Miller (ECE UIUC),  co-advised w/ Prof. Seth Hutchinson
    B.S. in ECE, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Former MemBERs who are now professors

  • 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 and Current CALTECH SURF students

2017-2018 Michelle Zhao, Aditya Telikicherla, Jui Hung (Ray) Sun, Suzanne H. Oliver, Prinesh K. Mistry, Qifan (William) Wang, Hyung Ju (Terry) Suh, Yunsang Choi.

Former PhD Students

Former Postdoctoral Associates

  • 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

  • Ayush Saxena M.S. in Aerospace Engineering, UIUC, December 2017
  • Francesca Baldini Visiting MS student from the University of Pisa, Italy
  • 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