Our Team

Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. - Henry Ford

Director

Dr. Taşkın Padır

Dr. Taşkın Padır

Director

Dr. Taşkın Padır is the Director of the Robotics and Intelligent Vehicles Research Laboratory (RIVeR Lab) at Northeastern University. He is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northeastern. He holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees from Purdue University. His research interests include human-in-the-loop robot control, medical cyber-physical systems, and intelligent vehicles.

Postdoctoral Researchers

Velin Dimitrov

Velin Dimitrov

Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr. Velin Dimitrov is a postdoctoral researcher in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northeastern University. Velin received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Northeastern University, M.S. in Robotics Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering. Velin’s areas of interest include human-in-the-loop control systems especially in the field of exploratory robotics.

Philip Long

Philip Long

Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr. Philip Long is a postdoctoral researcher in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northeastern University. Prior to this he worked as a robotics engineer at the Jules Verne Institute of Technological Research (IRT JV). He received a Ph.D. in robotics from Ecole Centrale de Nantes France, a master’s degree from the EMARO program and a Bachelor of Engineering from National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG). His research interests include modeling of robotic systems, sensor based control laws and human robot collaboration.

PhD Students

Murphy Wonsick

Murphy Wonsick

PhD Student

Murphy Wonsick is a Ph.D. student in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northeastern University. Murphy has received two Bachelors of Science degrees from Florida Institute of Technology, one in Computer Science and the other in Mathematical Sciences, and a Master of Science in Robotics Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Murphy’s current areas of interest include human-robot interaction, human-robot heterogeneous teams for space exploration, and humanoid robotics.

Xianchao Long

Xianchao Long

PhD Candidate

Xianchao Long is a Ph.D. student in the Robotics Engineering program at Northeastern University. Xianchao received his Bachelors of Science in Electronic Information Engineering from Hunan University, Hunan, China. He spent his first two years at WPI, working on applying tactile sensor technology for the robot navigation. In 2013, he joined RIVeR Lab and started his research in the DARPA Robotics Challenge. Xianchao’s current areas of interest include optimal control and optimal motion planning.

Zhong Mao

Zhong Mao

PhD Candidate

Zhong Mao is a Ph.D candidate in Electrical Engineering at Northeastern University. He received his Bachelor of science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Nanjing University of Post and Telecommunications, China in 2013. In 2015, he received his Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Northeastern University, MA. Later in the same year, he completed an internship working at Johnson Controls Inc. in Wuxi, China. In summer of 2016, he joined RIVeR Lab and started his research on Aerial Grasp and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle controls.

Peng Chang

Peng Chang

PhD Candidate

Peng Chang is a Ph.D Candidate in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northeastern University. Peng got his Master degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Northeastern University in 2015 and Bachelor degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Xidian University in China. Peng did an intern at Hangzhou Silan Microelectronics Co., Ltd. and an image processing intern in Xi’an Research Institute of Intelligent Perception and Image Understanding. Peng’s current areas of interest include aerial manipulations, versatile manipulations by supervised humanoid robots.

Dmitry Sinyukov

Dmitry Sinyukov

PhD Student

Dmitry received his master degree cum laude from the South Ural State University, Chelyabinsk, Russia, in 2009 majoring in Automation and Control. His degree project was the development of a robot-manipulator controlled over the Internet.  He has also founded Speak Freely, an English-speaking club at the university. After graduation he worked for two years as a documentation engineer in the Chelyabinsk branch of Rocket  Software, Inc. implementing automated documentation builds and developing a search engine. Since 2011, Dmitry has been working on his PhD in the RIVeR Lab, advised by Prof. Taskin Padir. Currently he is leading the robotic direction of an NSF-sponsored project Human-in-the-Loop Cyber Physical Systems on developing a semi-autonomous wheelchair platform with a robotic arm controlled over a brain-computer interface. His hobbies include amateur volleyball, guitar and a little bit of piano, web-programming, and traveling.

Ruofan Zang

Ruofan Zang

PhD Student

Ruofan Zang is a Ph.D. student studying Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northeastern University. He received his Bachelor of Science in Information Engineering from Southeast University, Jiangsu, China in 2013, and then, completed his Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Northeastern University in 2015. In 2015, he started his Ph.D. study and his current area of interest is the control of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.

Mohammadreza Sharif

Mohammadreza Sharif

PhD Candidate

Mohammadreza Sharif is a Ph.D. Candidate in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at Northeastern University. He earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and his M.S. in Biomechanical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology (SUT), Tehran, Iran. He entered Northeastern University at 2015 being awarded a Chair’s Fellowship, and joined the RIVeR lab in 2016. Now he is working on robotic manipulation and grasping, targeting improvements in intuitive human interaction with prosthetic robotic hands.

Aykut Onol

Aykut Onol

PhD Candidate

Aykut is a PhD candidate in Computer Engineering at Northeastern University. He holds a BS degree in Control Engineering from Istanbul Technical University and an MS degree in Mechatronics Engineering from Sabanci University, both in Istanbul, Turkey. His research interests include modeling, control, and optimization for mechatronic systems, particularly for applications involving grasping and manipulation.

Maozhen Wang

Maozhen Wang

PhD Student

Maozhen is a PhD student in Mechatronics at Northeastern University. He received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from both Beijing Jiaotong University (Beijing, China) and Oakland University (MI, US) in 2015. His interests include cars, and he spent one year working in the OU Grizzlies Racing team. Maozhen started his PhD in 2015 and then joined the RIVeR lab in 2016 doing research with Valkyrie. His current areas of interest include robot-terrain interaction and state estimation.

Master’s Students

Tarik Kelestemur

Tarik Kelestemur

Masters Student

Tarik Kelestemur is a master student in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northeastern University.
He has received his BS degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from TOBB University of Economics and Technology, Turkey. He completed an internship in RIVeR Lab, in the summer of 2014 and worked on a assistive robot for elderly people. He also completed an internship in KOVAN Lab, METU, Turkey and worked on object recognition with a humanoid robot called ‘iCub’. He is interested in human-robot interaction, robot learning and perception. He now focus on enhancing perception capabilities of a humanoid robot called ‘Valkyrie’. More information about him and his work can be found at: kelestemur.com

Kurt Waage

Kurt Waage

Masters Student

Kurt Waage is a fellow of the Gordon Engineering Leadership Program, and is currently working towards a master’s degree in mechanical engineering at Northeastern University. Kurt is currently working on monocular, optical flow based navigation and perception for the BIOSwimmer project at RIVeR Lab. Previous to NU, Kurt worked as a Non-Commissioned Office in the US Army Infantry. Upon exiting the military, Kurt attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO where he received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering. Kurt is interested in optical flow based navigation and perception for vehicles in harsh environments.

Undergraduates

Michael Janov

Michael Janov

Undergraduate

Michael Janov is a 4th year undergraduate student at Northeastern University studying Computer Engineering with a minor in Mathematics. In spring 2016, he interned at the Autonomy Incubator lab of NASA Langley Research Center developing payload communications and mating systems for unmanned vehicle platforms. In 2015, he completed a co-op working in the Avionics Systems Integration group at SpaceX Hawthorne designing Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy test support equipment and cable harnessing. Michael particularly enjoys working on astronautical robotic applications and system-level design and planning.

James Tukpah

James Tukpah

Undergraduate

James is a second year undergraduate student studying Electrical Engineering with a minor in Mechanical Engineer. He graduated from a high school in Germantown, Maryland, and started working in the lab his freshman year. He has worked with both humanoids and autonomous rovers while at the lab. His areas of interest include humanoid robotics, as well as robotics based off of livings organisms, such as the cheetah and the flee.

Anas Abou Allaban

Anas Abou Allaban

Undergraduate

Anas Abou Allaban is a second year undergraduate studying Electrical and Computer Engineering. His passion for robotics sparked in high school while using NXT 3.0’s. Since then, Anas interned at the MIT Mechatronics Research Lab during high school, working with computer vision algorithms and optimizing pedestrian and vehicle detection. In 2015, Anas worked with the Human-Computer Interaction Lab at Northeastern on a Brain-Computer Interface. His current work involves shared control between human and robot agents. Anas’ interests include control theory, embedded systems, and robot applications in space.

Stephen Alt

Stephen Alt

Undergraduate

Stephen Alt is a second year undergraduate student at Northeastern University, studying Computer Engineering & Computer Science. In the summer of 2016 he interned at the IBM TJ Watson Research Center, developing interfaces for their cloud platform and began exploring autoscaling using machine learning. He has also done work for CyberMark Intl. transferring their Customer Relationship Management platform to the cloud. In the future, Stephen would like to pursue his PhD in robotics or deep learning.

RIVeR Alumni

  • Vinayak Jagtap, M.S. (WPI)
  • Koushik Balasubramanian, M.S. (Skycart)
  • Savanna Horan, M.S. (iRobot)
  • Chris Mehegan, M.S. (General Dynamics)
  • Jayam Patel, M.S. (WPI)
  • Apoorv Walawalkar, M.S. (R-Dex Systems)
  • Brendan McLeod (Bossa Nova Robotics)
  • Brian Eccles (Bossa Nova Robotics)
  • Cameron Canale
  • Daniel Fox
  • Devon Locke
  • Donald Bourque
  • Farhat Kohistani
  • Helei Duan
  • Kristina Walker
  • Loan Chau
  • Lucine Bahtiarian
  • Marisa Warner
  • Michelle Gagnon
  • Mitchell Wills (Google)
  • Ned Shelton
  • Nicholas Cebry (Draper Laboratories)
  • Nicholas Otero
  • Nolan Manor
  • Perry Franklin (ETH Zurich)
  • Peter Chambers
  • Rashida Nayeem
  • Rohit Bansal
  • Scott Cazier
  • Tanishq Bhalla
  • Tenell Rhodes
  • Thomas Desilva
  • Thomas Watson
  • Timothy Murcko (Apple)
  • Vanderlei Cunha
  • Alec Ishak, M.S. (Viasat)
  • Adrian Sudol, M.S. (Iconics)
  • Corey Russell, M.S. (Iconics)
  • Felipe Polido, M.S. (IIT)
  • James Fleming, M.S. (Kiva)
  • Nandan Banerjee, M.S. (iRobot)
  • Oke Onwuka, M.S. (Beckman Coulter)
  • Ross Desmond, M.S. (Kiva)
  • Shiwei Wang, M.S. (Rethink Robotics)
  • Yanren Long, M.S.
  • Ty Tremblay, M.S. (Symbotic)
  • Adam Panzica, M.S. (NREC)
  • Mathew DeDonato, M.S. (Toyota Research Institute)
  • Erkang Xu, M.S.
  • Katie-Grace Youngsma, M.S. (General Dynamics)
  • Kamal Shah, M.S.
  • Ben Roy, M.S. (Qinetiq, North America)
  • Dan Sacco, M.S. (Siemens Healthcare)
  • Andrew Davis, B.S.
  • Andrew Gallagher, B.S.
  • Adam Jardim, B.S.
  • Arianna Niro, B.S.
  • Antonio Puzzi, B.S.
  • Arman Uygur, B.S.
  • Brad Mello, B.S. (Apple)
  • David Kelly, B.S.
  • Deniz Ozgoren, B.S.
  • Gilmar Da Vitoria, B.S.
  • Runzi Gao, B.S.
  • Jeffrey Orszulak, B.S.
  • Julien Van Wambeke-Long, B.S. (HighRes Biosolutions)
  • Kevin Burns, B.S.
  • Nikhil Godani, B.S.
  • Olivia Hugal, B.S.
  • Ran Li, B.S.
  • Rick Baruffi, B.S.
  • Sarah Sawatzki, B.S.
  • Sean Casley, B.S.
  • Steven Guayaquil, B.S.
  • Taylor McNally, B.S.
  • Thanacha Choopojcharoen, B.S. (Mathworks)
  • Walter McIntyre, B.S.
  • Michael Fagan, B.S. (Moog)
  • Matt Dickerman, B.S. (US Navy)
  • Andrew Cunningham, B.S. (Draper Laboratories)
  • Cody Schultz, B.S.
  • Jivesh Tolani, B.S. (IEM)
  • Adam Blumenau, B.S. (WPI)
  • Brett Limone, B.S. (Energid)
  • Zach Mintz, B.S.
  • Jon Anderson, B.S. (Marble)
  • Tom Carlone, B.S. (CMU)
  • Joe Amato, B.S. (Uber ATC)
  • Paul Ventimiglia, B.A.
  • Jim Salvati, B.S. (iRobot)
  • Catherine Coleman, B.S. (WPI)
  • Chris Whipple, B.S. (Brown U.)
  • Joe Funk, B.S.
  • Eric Fitting, B.S. (Kiva Systems)
  • Gregory McConnell, B.S.
  • Michael Rodriguez, B.S.
  • Samson King, B.S. (HighRes BioSolutions)
  • Craig DeMello, B.S. (MagneMotion)
  • Felipe Polido, B.S. (Amazon Robotics)
  • Jeff Gorges, B.S. (U. of Washington)
  • Ryan Doherty, B.S. (BAE Systems)
  • M. Ali Akmanalp, B.S. (CustomMade Ventures)
  • Peter Kalauskas, B.S. (Greystripe)
  • Jon Morgan, B.S. (Babson C.)
  • Vadim Chernyak, B.S. (Boston Dynamics)
  • Tim Flynn, M.S. (ViaSat)
  • Anton Zalutsky, B.S. (International Electronic Machines)
  • Matt Carey, B.S. (General Dynamics)
  • Eric Kurz, B.S. (iLimb)
  • Tim Perreault, B.S. (Symbotic)
  • Josh Matte, B.S. (Cynosure)
  • Chris Aloisio, B.S. (Energid)
  • Casey Comisky, B.S. (General Dynamics)
  • Mark Hawthorne, B.S. (General Dynamics)
  • Chris Gamache, B.S. (iRobot)
  • Viktoras Truchanovicius, B.S. (Wayfair)
  • Ricardo Madera, B.S. (Foliage)
  • Matt Bienia, B.S. (General Dynamics)
  • Dan Garcia, B.S. (InterSystems)
  • Karl Wajcs, B.S. (Cornell U.)

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