Dr. Taşkin Padir
Dr. Taşkin PadirDr. Taşkin Padir is the Director of the Robotics and Intelligent Vehicles Research Laboratory (RIVeR Lab) at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is an Assistant Professor of Robotics Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering at WPI. He holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees from Purdue University. His research interests include adaptive control of robotic systems, cooperating robots, intelligent vehicles and modular robotic systems.


Velin Dimitrov
Velin DimitrovVelin Dimitrov is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Robotics Engineering program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) since the fall of 2011. Velin recieved his Bachelors of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in Needham, MA. In 2010, he completed an internship working at Milara Inc. in Medway, MA implementing an OpenCV based precision test of wafer-handling robots for the semiconductor industry. Later in 2011, he completed another internship at Teledyne Benthos working with remotely operated underwater vehicles. Velin’s areas of interest include human-in-the-loop control systems especially in the field of exploratory robotics.


Mitchell Wills
Mitchell WillsMitchell Wills is an undergraduate student at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) pursuing a degree in Computer Science. Mitchell is interested in software engineering for robotics applications as well as embedded systems development. He has been working on developing low level drivers that interface the ROS system with hardware as well as general systems integration.


Supreeth Krishna Rao
Supreeth Krishna RaoSupreeth Krishna Rao is pursuing MS in Robotics Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). Supreeth received his Bachelor of Engineering (B.E) in Telecommunication Engineering from BMS College of Engineering, India in 2012. He carried out his B.E qualifying project in computer vision at the Indian Institute of Science, India. Thereafter, he held a Visiting Student Research Fellowship at the Raman Research Institute (RRI), India for 1.5 years, during which he mostly worked on the development and implementation of stereo vision for the simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) of an autonomous wheelchair. Supreeth’s areas of interest lie in the intersection of machine vision and robotics applied to the intelligent control, interaction, learning, manipulation and navigation of robots in all possible environments spanning from indoor to extraterrestrial. During his spare time, Supreeth enjoys singing Indian classical and light music, reading books, playing piano and a little bit of guitar.


Samir Zutshi
Samir ZutshiSamir Zutshi is Master’s and Bachelor’s graduate from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). Samir has worked with Team AERO in 2013 with the computer vision system and continues to pursue his interests in robotics and computer vision. Samir did his masters project in developing a Virtual Image Overlay system which was MRI compatible and integrated with OpenIGTLink as well as worked on object detection and classification for the AERO project. Samir also has danced on a professional salsa team and continues to pursue dance in various other styles.