Faculty

Ye Zhao
Assistant Professor in Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering
Director, Laboratory for Intelligent Decision and Autonomous Robots
Georgia Tech
Ph.D.: UT Austin
Postdoc: Harvard
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Graduate Student

Zhigen Zhao
Robotics Ph.D. Student
co-advised with Dr. Tuo Zhao
B.S.: Georgia Tech
Hobby: Cooking, Race cars
Research Interest: Symbolic planning and differentiable optimization of long-horizon manipulation, adversarial learning
 
Luke Drnach
Robotics Ph.D. Student
M.S.: Georgia Tech
B.S.: University of Pittsburgh
Hobby: Piano, Baking, Swimming
Research Interest: Robust trajectory optimization and frictional contact estimation
 
Abdulaziz Shamsah
Ph.D. Student
M.S.: University of Pennsylvania
B.S.: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Research Interest: Safety-assured locomotion, robust sequential composition
Google Scholar
Ziyi Zhou
Ph.D. student
B.S.: Northeastern University
Hobby: Basketball, Football
Research Interest: Distributed trajectory optimization for dynamic locomotion, fast contact planning
Google Scholar
Dong Jae (Danny) Lee
Master Student
B.S.: Georgia Tech
Hobby: Baseball, Cooking
Research Interest: State estimation and localization of autonomous legged navigation
Zhaoyuan Gu
Robotics Ph.D. Student
M.S.: Carnegie Mellon University
B.S.: Tsinghua University
Research Interest: Experimental locomotion, decision-making and planning for robust locomotion
Nathan Boyd
Master Student
Joint with GTRI
B.S.: California State University, Northridge
Hobby: Making/DIY, Home Improvement, STEM Outreach
Research Interest: Whole-body predictive control and planning of unified locomotion and manipulation
Max Asselmeier
Robotics Ph.D. Student
co-advised with
Dr. Patricio Vela
B.S.: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Hobby: Embroidery, Basketball, Soccer, Movies
Research Interest: Perception-based learning and control, safety-assured legged locomotion
Jonas Warnke
Master student
Joint with GTRI
B.S.: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Hobby: Climbing, Backpacking, Cycling
Research Interest: Temporal-logic-based task and motion planning, safe navigation in partially observable environments 
Michael Park
Graduate researcher
Joint with GTRI
M.S.: Georgia Tech
B.S.: UT Austin
Hobby: Cooking, Snowboarding
Research Interest: Deformable contact modeling and learning, resilient manipulation planning and perception
Minwoo Jung
Master student
B.S. Georgia Tech
Hobby: Shooting photo
Research Interest: Soft terrain classification and locomotion contact sensing
Yuki Yoshinaga
Master student
B.S. Stony Brook University
Hobby: Tennis, Movies
Research Interest: Task allocation, metric temporal logic based planning
 
Buzzy Cassie
Third-year Robot
Georgia Tech ME
Hobby: Dynamic walking
Athena
Second-year Robot
Georgia Tech ME
Hobby: Dexterous grasping
Kuka IIWA
Second-year Robot
Georgia Tech ME
Hobby: Dynamic and robust manipulation
A1
Second-year Robot
Georgia Tech ME
Hobby: Autonomous navigation and surveillance
Kinova
Visiting Robot
GTRI
Hobby: Fruit harvesting, Mobile manipulation
Mini Cheetah
Visiting Robot
MIT Biomimetic Robotics Lab and Naver Labs (joint host with Sehoon Ha's lab)
Hobby: Agile Maneuvering
Gelsight
FIRST-YEAR ROBOT
(special credit to Edward Adelson's lab at MIT and Yu She from Purdue)
Hobby: Tactile sensing and deformable contact estimation

Researcher

Yunhai Han
M.S.: UC San Diego
B.S.: Yanshan University
Hobby: Soccer
Research Interest: Deformable contact modeling and tactile sensing

Undergraduate Students

  • Paul Barsa (ME 2021 January – present)
  • Emily Marshall (ECE 2021 January – present)
  • Abhinav Kumar (CS 2021 January – present, PURA awardee 2021 Fall)
  • Vishwa Ramkumar (ME 2020 January – present, PURA awardee 2021 Fall)
  • Nima Jadali (CS 2021 January – present, PURA awardee 2021 Summer)
  • James Ni (ME 2020 January – present, PURA awardee 2020 Summer)
  • Chirayu Salgarkar (2021 June – present, SURE Robotics Program, co-advised with Dr. Samuel Coogan)
  • Tanner Beard (ME 2019 July – present, PURA awardee 2020 Spring)
  • Austin Newland (ME 2019 May – present)
  • Ziyang (John) Zhang (ME 2019 August – present, PURA awardee 2020 Spring)
  • Jerred Chen (ME 2019 Sep. – present)
  • James Bunting (ME 2019 Sep. – present)
  • Dongheon Han (ME 2019 Sep. – present, PURA awardee 2021 Spring)
  • Emil Muly (ME 2019 Oct. – present)
  • Nicholas J Cich (CS 2020 January – present)
  • Akash Harapanahalli (CE 2020 January – present)
  • Juo Shuen (Josh) Lee (ME 2020 January – present)
  • Eric Glunn (ECE 2020 January – present)
  • Brandon Woodward (ME 2020 August – present)
  • Caleb Chang (ECE 2020 August – present)
  • Matthias Heyrman (ME 2020 August – present)
  • Brice Diomande (ME 2020 August – present)
  • Amara Jargalsaikhan (ME 2020 August – present)

High School Students

  • Andrew Botchwey (Drew Charter School, ENGAGES project, 2021 June – present)
  • Noah Morales (BEST high school, ENGAGES project, 2021 June – present)
  • Ziyan Sultan (The Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology, 2021 August – present)

Alumni

Graduate Students

  • Xiao Jing (Master, Aero 2019, Now Ph.D. student in ASDL, Georgia Tech)
  • Hongchang Zhu (Master, ME 2020, Now Ph.D. student at Georgia Tech)
  • Adarsh Sasi (Master, ME 2020)

Visiting Students

  • Jialin Li (University of Science and Technology of China, 2021, Now Ph.D. student at ETH Robotics)
  • Qie Sima (Tsinghua University, 2020, Now Master student at Tsinghua)
  • Xiaofeng Guo (Tsinghua University, 2019, Now Ph.D. student at CMU Robotics Institute)
  • Junda Huang (University of Science and Technology of China, 2019, Now Ph.D. student at Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Undergraduate Students

  • Zhengyang (Kris) Weng (ME 2021, PURA awardee 2021, Now Neocis)
  • Marina Ahn (ME 2020, PURA awardee 2020 Fall)
  • Samuel A Scheele (CS 2020, Now Georgia Tech undergraduate)
  • Hogan Welch (ME 2020, Now Ph.D. student at Georgia Tech)
  • Timothy Brumfiel (ME 2020, Now Ph.D. student at Georgia Tech)
  • Landon M Ballard (ECE 2020, Now Georgia Tech undergraduate)
  • Tanner Liu (ME 2020, Now graduate student at U Michigan)
  • William Plummer (ME 2020, Georgia Tech ME Undergraduate Richard K. Whitehead Jr. Memorial Awards, Now at Wisk Aero)
  • Manzano Akhtar (ME 2020, Now at Wisk Aero)
  • Ziwei (Rebecca) Zheng (ME 2020, PURA awardee 2020 Fall)
  • Ahmed Reese Abouelnasr (ME 2019, Now Ph.D. student at Tufts University)
  • Brittany Powell (ME 2019, Now graduate student at UC Berkeley)
  • Andrew S Galassi (ME 2019, The 2020 Class of Astronaut Scholars, Now Georgia Tech undergraduate)
  • Kevin Li (Lambert¬†High¬†School, Now Georgia Tech undergraduate in CS)