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Dr. Christopher Lum

Vagners

Helen Kuni

Christopher Lum, PhD
Director

lum@uw.edu
(206) 543-0539

Juris Vagners PhD
Professor Emeritus

vagners@uw.edu
(206) 616-3590

Helen Kuni
Director of Flight Operations

hkuni@uw.edu
(206) 543-7748

Dr. Lum’s research interest include projects associated with autonomous algorithm design and unmanned aerial systems (UAS). He has developed algorithms for coordinated multi-vehicle searching, automatic target recognition, formation flight of swarms of vehicles, risk assessment of unmanned aerial systems in the national airspace, collision avoidance and deconfliction, and other autonomous projects.
He is also the faculty advisor to the department's Design, Build, Fly team.

Dr. Vagners retired from full time teaching duties September, 2002, and remains active on various research projects. His research interests have been in the application of unconventional control techniques, i.e., artificial neural networks, fuzzy logic and evolutionary programming, to control systems design. Most recently, his research has focused on autonomous and semi-autonomous Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). He has been working on cooperative path and mission planning for multiple UAS as well as risk assessment of UAS missions.

Helen Kuni is an undergraduate in the A&A Department. She has been with AFSL since March 2017 as a member of the hardware and aircraft assembly team. She now serves as flight operations director, managing all flight test activities as well as the day-to-day running of the lab. She is also one of the lab’s Part 107 certified pilots.

     
   

Ravi Patel
Chief Software Architect

patelr3@uw.edu
(316) 204-4746

   

Ravi Patel is an undergraduate researcher in the Computer Science and Engineering Department. He has been with the since July 2017 as a member of the software team. He is an active participant of the lab’s flight tests and focuses on any kind of software development in the lab. He is most interested in machine learning and artificial intelligence, and particularly its application within the autonomous drone industry.

   
   
   

  Affiliate Directors

     
Tad McGeer
Rolf Rysdyk
Andy Von Flotow
Tad McGeer PhD
Rolf Rysdyk PhD
Andy Von Flotow PhD
     

 Graduate Researchers

     
Chung Hoon Choi Kris Gauksheim Rostyk Svitelskyi
Chung Hoon Choi Kris Gauksheim Rostyk Svitelskyi

Chung is an MS Candidate in the Mechanical Engineering Department. He is designing a control system for fixed wing aircraft vertical take-off and recovery using a multi-rotor that requires minimal infrastructure both on the ground and onboard the aircraft.

Kris is a PhD Candidate focusing on novel control systems for industry deployed UAS. He has held previous engineering positions at Insitu and Aerovel.

Rostyk is a graduate researcher from A&A department focusing in controls. He is interested in developing control laws for aircraft and measuring devices, and GPS denied environment navigation.

     

 Undergraduate Researchers

     
Bryson Bruno Sarah Chu Connor Kafka
Bryson Bruno Sarah Chu Connor Kafka

Bryson is a prospective student in the department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and has been an undergraduate researcher for AFSL since the summer of 2017. His major projects involve innovating real-world applications for drone photogrammetry. He hopes to get involved in more multi-rotor projects in the future to broaden the versatility and applications they can entail.

Sarah is an undergraduate student in Aerospace Engineering at Smith College. She is interested in the development of UAVs and their hardware and electrical components.

Connor is an undergraduate student in the Department of Electrical Engineering. His interests include autonomous systems and robotics and he plans to concentrate in either controls or embedded systems.

     
Kelly Lee Nicholas Price Zach Williams
Kelly Lee Nicholas Price Zach Williams

Kelly has been an undergraduate researcher for AFSL since March 2018. Kelly is interested in signal processing and its application in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. She assembled a fixed-wing aircraft for the TRAPIS2 project.

Nicholas has worked with the AFSL since the Spring of 2017 and focuses primarily on vehicle maintenance and flight testing. He has been an avid RC model aircraft hobbyist since childhood, but enjoys stepping up to the big leagues of emerging UAS technologies.

Zach has been an undergraduate researcher for AFSL since January 2016. Zach is in the department Aeronautics and Astronautics and is interested in the development of unmanned aerial vehicles, specifically multi-rotors. Zach is a member of the multi-rotor team in the lab and has built and implemented an octocopter to be used for various research applications.

     
     
     
  Previous Members
  Name
Degree
Current Position
   Daniel Ablog
 BS 2014
 -
   Scott An  BS 2016  US Air Force
   Ester Anderson
 MS
 US Air Force
   Amy Arbeit
 MS 2013
 Boeing/Insitu
   Carter Beamish
 -
 -
   Jeremy Brenner
 BS 2014
 US Navy
   Alec Bueing
 BS 2016
 Raytheon
   Emil Caga-anan
 -
 -
   Dr. Brian Capozzi
 PhD
 Mosaic ATM
   Zachary Daniel Caratao  BS 2016  -
   Brian Carpenter
 BS 2016
 Boeing
   Paochen Brian Chang
 -
 -
   Karine Chen  BS 2018  MS 2020
   Justin En Yen Chu
 -
 -
   Melanie Clark
 BS 2015
 -
   James Colito
 MS
 -
   Yunior Cruz
 MS 2011
 US Air Force
   Al Creigh
 BS 2015
 Hood Technology
 
   Matt Davis  BS 2016  Insitu
   James DeBoer
 MS
 US Air Force
   Chris Deseure
 -
 -
   Bryan Ghahremani
 -
 -
   Ryan Grimes  MS 2018  US Air Force
   Cory Hage
 -
 -
   Ward Handley
 MS 2015
 Laboratory for Atmospheric
  and Space Physics
   Jason Hung
 -
 -
   Craig Husby
 MS
 US Air Force
   Dr. Dong Jia
 PhD
 -
   Noel Kimber
 BS 2014
 -
   Tadej Kosel
 -
 -
   Sean Kragelund
 -
 -
   Vikram Krishnamurthy
 MS
 -
   Kyle Krough
 MS
 US Air Force
   Robert Larson  MS 2016  US Air Force
   Bao Le
 MS 2014
 Boeing
   Charlie Matlak
 MS
 -
   Andrew Melander
 MS
 US Air Force
   Vitor Meneses de Vasconcelos
 -
 -
   Marius Niculescu
 -
 CloudCap Technologies
   John Osborne
 MS
 -
   Dr. Anawat Pongpunwattana
 PhD
 L-3 Communications
   Henry Wehne Qin
 BS 2016
 Boeing
   Dr. David Rathbun
 PhD
 Insitu/Boeing
   Marissa Reid
 BS 2017
 Northup Grumman
   Angel Rodriguez
 BS 2016
 -
   Hannah Rotta  BS 2016  Amazon
   Matthew Rowland
 MS
 US Army
   Hao Ruan
 MS
 Honeywell
   Juan-Carlos Rubio
 MS
 -
   Erli Sheng
 -
 -
   Charlie Shaw-Feather
 -
 -
   Robert Soo
 -
 -
   Alexander Summers
 BS 2014
 -
   Justin Taft
 BS 2015
 MicaSense
   Maxine Tan
 -
 -
   Aleksandr Tereshchenkov
 BS 2015
 Puget Sound Energy
   Keisuke Tsujita
 BS 2015
 Stanford
   Dai Tsukada
 MS 2015
 Autonomous Control
  Systems Laboratory
   Kevin Ueunten
 MS 2014
 US Air Force
   Ryan Valach
 BS 2016
 Raytheon
   Brendan Doyle-Wade
 BS 2016
 Raisbeck Engineering
   Jonathon Gage Winde
 MS 2015
 Insitu/Boeing
   Dr. Richard Wise
 PhD
 -
   Justin Yantus
 -
 -
   Daniel Zhu
 -
 -