Research Team

Undoubtedly interacting with students is the most rewarding part of my research life. I have been fortunate to work with some of the brightest and most dedicated students from all around the world. Most of my management/mentoring/advising has been on topics related to Theory of Robotic Autonomy and its Applications. Below is the list of the students for whom I have served as a manager, mentor, or thesis (co)advisor.

Mentoring/Management experience

Graduate Students

  • Brett Lopez (PhD, MIT), JPL summer Intern, 2018
    • Project: Planning and control of hybrid aerial-ground vehicles
  • Abhishek Cauligi (PhD, Stanford), NASA Mentor for NASA NSTRF fellow, 2018
    • Project: Perception-Aware Spacecraft Motion Planning
  • David Chan (PhD, Berkeley), JPL summer Intern, 2018
    • Project: Autonomous mapping and spacecraft planning: Application to small body mapping
  • SooJean Han (PhD, Caltech), JPL summer Intern, 2018
    • Project: Communication-aware coordiantion and mappnig using multi-robot systems
  • Jared Strader (PhD, West Virginia University), JPL visiting researcher, 2018
    • Project: Predictive perecption for autonomous Mars helicopter and rover coordination
  • Eric Heiden (PhD, USC), JPL summer Intern, 2018
    • Project: Confidence-rich mapping: A risk-aware representation for robust planning
  • Scott Harper (Master, West Virginia University), JPL visiting researcher, 2018
    • Project: Design and integration of hybrid aerial and ground vehicles
  • Andrea Tagliabue (Master, ETH), JPL visiting researcher, 2018
    • Project: Shapeshifter: design and analysis of autonomous modular aerial vehicles
  • Gabrielle Coutrot (PhD, West Virginia University), JPL summer Intern, 2018
    • Project: Terramechanics-aware path planning on Mars
  • Sahand Sabet (PhD, University of Arizona), JPL summer Intern, 2018
    • Project: Terramechanics Analysis of hybrid aerial ground vehicles
  • Kamak Ebadi (PhD, Santa Clara University), JPL summer Intern, 2018
    • Project: Collaborative mapping using Mars rover and helicopter
  • Pradyumna Vyshnav (Master, Aalto University), JPL summer Intern, 2017-2018
    • Project: Mission concept development for planetary subsurface void exploration
  • Takahiro Sasaki (PhD, Kyoto University), JPL visiting researcher, 2017
    • Project: Where to Map? Iterative Copter-Rover Path Planning for Mars Exploration
  • Sung Kim (PhD, CMU), JPL summer Intern, 2017
    • Project: Robust Autonomy via locally optimal, long horizon POMDPs
  • Max Pflueger (PhD, USC), JPL summer Intern, 2017
    • Project: Learn to plan: Leveraging MDP structure in deep learning
  • Vincezno Pesce (PhD, Politecnico di Milano), JPL summer-fall Intern, 2017
    • Project: Simultaneous Planning, Localization, and Mapping (SPLAM): Application to proximity operation for asteroids
  • Sawyer Elliott (PhD, Cornell), NASA NSTRF fellow, JPL student visitor, 2017
    • Project: Sling-Jumper: A novel hybrid Jumping/flying/rolling mobility system for Mars
  • Eric Heiden (PhD, USC), Research Mentoring, 2016-2017
    • Project: Confidence-rich mapping and planning for high-speed flying vehicles
  • Zhaoyang Lv (PhD, GeorgiaTech), Qualcomm Research summer Intern, 2016
    • Project: Interaction- and Intension-aware planning for self-driving cars: A factor-graph-based approach
  • Amirhossein Tamjidi (Masters, Texas A&M), Qualcomm Research summer Intern, 2016
    • Project: Microsimulation of traffic and deep learning-based autonomous car motion planning
  • Lucas Janson (PhD, Stanford), Qualcomm innovation fellowship program, 2016
    • Project: Parallel Algorithms for Real-Time Robotic Motion Planning under Uncertainty
  • Edward Schmerling (PhD, Stanford), Qualcomm innovation fellowship program, 2016
    • Project: Parallel Algorithms for Real-Time Robotic Motion Planning under Uncertainty
  • Shayegan Omidshafiei (PhD, MIT), Research Mentoring, 2013-2015
    • Project: Decentralized multi-agent decision making under motion and sensing uncertainty
  • Beipeng Mu (PhD, MIT), Research Mentoring, 2014-2015
    • Project: Resource-constrained SLAM and motion planning
  • Brett Lopez (PhD, MIT), MIT-Boeing alliance on multi-robot systems, 2014
    • Project: Multi-agent decision making under uncertainty: application to flying vehicles
  • Yu Fan/Steven Chen (PhD, MIT), MIT-Boeing alliance on multi-robot systems, 2014
    • Project: Multi-agent decision making under uncertainty: application to flying vehicles
  • Saurav Agarwal (PhD, Texas A&M), Research Mentoring, 2013
    • Project: Real-time POMDPs with constraints: Application to physical robots
  • Mohammad Rafiei (PhD, Texas A&M), Research Mentoring. 2013
    • Project: Optimization-based POMDP solvers

Undergraduate Students

  • Xianmei Lei, JPL Intern, 2017-2018
  • Fernando Chavez, JPL Intern, 2017-2018
  • Daniel Tikhomirov, JPL Intern, 2017-2018
  • Braddley Carey, JPL Intern, 2017
  • Emilie Naples, JPL Intern, 2017
  • Jose Mendez, JPL Intern, 2017-2018
  • Roberto Mendez, JPL Intern, 2017
  • Christopher Maynor, Research Mentoring at MIT, 2014
  • Mycal Tucker, Research Mentoring at MIT, 2014
  • Jesse Alder, Research Mentoring at MIT, 2014
  • Ajinkya Jain, Research Mentoring at Texas A&M, 2013
  • Fernando Pastor, Research Mentoring at Texas A&M, 2013
  • Karan Bagadiya, Research Mentoring at Texas A&M, 2012-2013
  • Ammar M. Abbas, Research Mentoring at Texas A&M, 2012
  • Cole Jones, Research Mentoring at Texas A&M, 2010
  • Kasra Khosousi, Research Mentoring at KN Toosi, 2008

Visiting Faculty Member

  • Dr. Paul Akangah, JPL visiting faculty member, 2017