Faculty


PhD Students

  • Weizhe Chen

    Weizhe works on autonomous environmental sampling and modeling using various machine learning methods.

  • Zheng Chen

    Zheng is interested in visual perception and state estimation, as well as robot navigable space construction.

  • Durgakant Pushp

    Durgakant's research interests include UAV state estimation and control, as well as heterogenous multi-robot systems.

  • Junhong Xu

    Junhong has been working on decision-theoretic planning and its applications such as ground vehicle off-road maneuverability.

  • Ben Zhang

    Ben is currently exploring the research that combines aerospace object control with aerial robotics maneuverability.

Master Students

  • Manuja Sanjay Bandal

    Manuja is a Master student joined the lab in Fall 2019. She is working on development and control of autonomous underwater vehicles.

  • Shreyas Bhujbal

    Shreyas is a Master student joined the lab in Fall 2019. He is working on development and control of autonomous underwater vehicles.

Alumni

  • Sam Migirditch (2019-2020)

    Current position: Metron (Unmanned Systems Division)

    Sam joined the lab in Fall 2019 and graduated as a Master student in Fall 2020. Sam worked on decision-theoretic planning and integrated his background in Physics with robotics decision making.

  • Malintha Fernando (2017-2020)

    Current position: PhD student in Indiana University

    Malintha's research project is to control a team of small aerial vehicles. His work combines high-level swarm coordination mechanisms (e.g., behaviors inspired from bird flocking) with low-level trajectory control.

  • Saptarshi Sinha (co-advisor Maria Bondesson)(2019-2020)

    Current position: Oregon State University (as Nearshore Oceanography Research Support Engineer)

    Saptarshi worked on autonomous surface vehicle design for water quality monitoring. Saptarshi received ISE MS fellowship, and was recoganized as Cheng Wu Innovation Fellow in Luddy school.

  • Kristopher Jung (2019-2020)

    Current position: General Motors (as software engineer)

    As an undergrad, Kristopher worked on building an autonomous underwater vehicle. Kristopher obtained his undergrad dgree from Indiana University.

  • Rushabh Patel (2018-2019)

    Current position: Uber (as machine learning engineer)

    Rushabh worked on ground vehicle planning and learning with his research mentor Junhong Xu. Rushabh obtained his Masters' dgree from Indiana University.

  • Jay Rajendrakumar Patel (2018-2019)

    Current position: Unity (as computer vision/machine learning engineer)

    Jay worked on data-driven planning with his research mentor Weizhe Chen. Jay got his Masters' dgree from Indiana University.

  • Gabrielle Cantor (2018-2019)

    Last position: Boeing (as robotics engineering intern)

    As a senior undergraduate student at Indiana University, Gabrielle helped graduate students for research tasks such as robot design and control in VAIL.

  • Paula Madetzke (2018-2019)

    Last position: National Security Innovation Network (as X-Force program intern)

    As a senior undergraduate student at Indiana University, Paula finished two robotics term projects with ground vehicles in VAIL.

  • Isaiah Makonnen (2019 summer)

    Current position: IU graduate student (Accelerated Master of Science in Information Systems)

    As an undergrad, Isaiah worked on navigation of a ground robot. He was supported by NSF Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program.

  • Nawaz Hussain Khazielakha (2018-2019)

    Current position: IBM

    Nawaz worked on small quadrotor swarm control. Nawaz got his Masters' dgree from Indiana University.

  • Jamon Gaines (2018 summer)

    Current position: IU graduate student (Accelerated Master of Science in Information Systems)

    As an undergrad, Jamon worked on navigation of a ground robot. He was supported by NSF Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program.

  • Danial Nawaz (2017-2018)

    Current position: Qualcomm

    Danial worked on autonomous maneuvers of micro drones and tested Crazyflie 2.0. Danial got his Masters' dgree from Indiana University.

  • Yezhen Zhao (2016-2018)

    Current position: AutoX (self-driving car startup)

    Yezhen worked on robotic environmental exploration and mapping, especially the underwater environment. Yezhen got his Masters' dgree from University of Southern California and his BS from the University of Science and Technology of China.

  • Chen Huang (2016-2018)

    Current position: Microsoft (Natural Language Processing group)

    Chen worked on Deep Reinforcement Learning that allows marine robot to effectively act under ocean dynamics. Chen got his Masters' dgree from USC and his BS from Tsinghua University.

  • Shoubhik Debnath (2016-2018)

    Current position: Nvidia (Robotics group)

    Shoubhik worked on Decision-theoretic Planning and Reinforcement Learning. Shoubhik got his Masters' dgree from USC and his BE from Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi.

  • Kai-Chieh Ma (2015-2017)

    Current position: Brain Corp (self-driving vehicles)

    Kai-Cheih worked on Robotics, informative planning, and environmental sensing and monitoring. Kai-Chieh got his Masters' dgree from University of Southern California and BS from National Taiwan University.

  • Steven Ly (2015-2016)

    Current position: Iterable (as machine learning engineer)

    Steven worked on web development for the 2017 Southern California Robotics Symposium. Steven got his Masters' dgree from USC and his BS from UCLA.

  • Zhibei Ma (2015-2017)

    Current position: TuSimple (self-driving truck startup)

    Zhibei worked on the Traveling Salesman Problem, as well as the multi-robot coordination. Zhibei got his Masters' dgree from USC and BS from Fudan University.

  • Hesen Zhang (2015-2016)

    Current position: Google

    Hesen worked on Markov Decision Processes and stochastic shortest paths. Hesen got his Masters' dgree from USC and BEng from University of Liverpool.