Research

People

Directors

 


Juris Vagners

Helen Kuni

Liam Mortell

Juris Vagners
Director
Professor Emeritus
vagners@uw.edu

Helen Kuni 
Associate Director
hkuni@uw.edu

Liam Mortell
Director of Flight Operations
lpm1230@uw.edu

 

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 a graduate student in the A&A Department. She has been with AFSL since March 2017 and has worked on a wide variety of projects, including those involving navigation systems, aerial mapping, and vertical takeoff and landing systems. She served as Director of Flight Operations beginning in June 2018, and continues to assist in overseeing the running of the lab, as well as our flight testing program. She is interested in Guidance, Navigation, & Control, flight operations, and flight testing.

Liam Mortell is an undergraduate researcher in the Aeronautics and Astronautics Department. He started with the lab in October 2018 as a member of the flight test and risk assessment team. He is now the Director of Flight Operations, overseeing flight test planning and execution, as well as overseeing day-to-day activities in the lab. He is most interested in mission operations management, flight test engineering and spacecraft/aircraft dynamics and control.

     
     
   

 

Advisory Board

 
     
Christopher Lum
Tad McGeer
Rolf Rysdyk
Christopher Lum PhD
Boeing
Tad McGeer PhD
Aerovel
Rolf Rysdyk PhD
Insitu

 

   
     
Andy Von Flotow
 
 
Andy Von Flotow PhD
Hood Technology
 
 

 

   

Graduate Researchers 

     
Matthew Davis Kris Gauksheim
Matthew Davis Kris Gauksheim

Matt Davis is a software engineer for Insitu and a graduate researcher from A&A department focusing in controls. He is developing a cellular network based position estimation hardware/software solution for use in GPS-Denied/Degraded environments.

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

     

Undergraduate Researchers 

     
Abihishek Babu Chris Hayner An Nguyen
Abihishek Babu Chris Hayner An Nguyen

Abhishek is an undergraduate student in the College of Engineering who has been with AFSL since April 2019 as a full-stack developer in the LARI team. He is interested in autonomous systems and their applications in the aerospace field.

Chris is an undergraduate at the University of Washington and has been an undergraduate researcher with AFSL since January 2019. His interest include the applications of UAV’s.

An is an undergraduate researcher intending to major in Electrical and Computer Engineering. She hopes to combine her interest in aerospace with her passion for electrical engineering to develop technical skills and gain knowledge about the hardware of autonomous flight systems.

     
Shawn Stanley Kevin Zhu	 
Shawn Stanley Kevin Zhu  

Shawn is an undergraduate researcher in the College of Engineering and has been with the lab since August 2018. Shawn is on the software development team for the lab and is interested in machine learning and path planning.

Kevin Zhu is an undergraduate researcher in the College of Engineering and prospective Computer Engineering major. He has been a researcher in AFSL since Autumn 2018. He is currently on the software development team for the LARI project.

 

     

 Previous Members

  Name
Degree
Current Affiliation
   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
   Bryson Bruno
-
-
   Alec Bueing
 BS 2016
 Raytheon
   Emil Caga-anan
 -
 -
   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
 -
 -
   Sarah Chu
 BS 2019
 Boeing
   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
 -
 -
   Brendan Doyle-Wade
 BS 2016
 Raisbeck Engineering
   Bryan Ghahremani
 -
 -
   Ryan Grimes  MS 2018  US Air Force
   Cory Hage
 -
 -
   Ward Handley
 MS 2015
 Laboratory for Atmospheric
  and Space Physics
   Chung Hoon Choi
 MS 2019
-
   Jason Hung
 -
 -
   Craig Husby
 MS
 US Air Force
   Dong Jia
 PhD
 -
   Connor Kafka
 BS 2019
 Opener
   Noel Kimber
 BS 2014
 -
   Taehan Kook
 BS 2017
 
   Tadej Kosel
 -
 -
   Sean Kragelund
 -
 -
   Vikram Krishnamurthy
 MS
 -
   Kyle Krough
 MS
 US Air Force
   Robert Larson  MS 2016  US Air Force
   Zech Latimer
 BS 2019
 
   Bao Le
 MS 2014
 Boeing
   Kelly Lee
 
 
   Charlie Matlak
 MS
 -
   Andrew Melander
 MS
 US Air Force
   Vitor Meneses de Vasconcelos
 -
 -
   Marius Niculescu
 -
 CloudCap Technologies
   John Osborne
 MS
 -
   Ravi Patel
 BS 2019
 Microsoft
   Anawat Pongpunwattana
 PhD
 L-3 Communications
   Nicholas Price
 BS 2019
-
   Henry Wehne Qin
 BS 2016
 Boeing
   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
 -
 -
   Eli Sitchen
   
   Rostyk Svitelskyi
 MS 2019
 Boeing
   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
   Zach Williams
 BS 2019
 Boeing
   Jonathon Gage Winde
 MS 2015
 Insitu/Boeing
   Richard Wise
 PhD
 -
   Justin Yantus
 -
 -
   Daniel Zhu
 -
 -