Research

People

 

  Directors


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 is an undergraduate in the A&A department. She is interested in guidance and navigation systems and flight operations. She is a frequent participant in flight testing with the lab, and also assists in assembling and maintaining fixed-wing aircrafts.

   
   

  Affiliate Directors


Tad McGeer

Rolf Rysdyk

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

  Graduate Researchers


Kris Gauksheim

 

 
Kris Gauksheim  
 

 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

Connor Kafka


Zach Williams
Connor Kafka Ravi Patel Zach Williams

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.

Ravi Patel is an undergraduate researcher in the Computer Science and Engineering department. He has been with the lab since July 2017. He worked briefly on the Visual Anchoring project and now primarily works with the software team on the TRAPIS2 project. He also enjoys being the Ground Control Station Operator, monitoring and controlling the drone’s behavior and maintaining clear communication with the pilot throughout the flight test. He is interested in machine learning, artificial intelligence, and particularly its application within the aerospace industry.

Zach Williams 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
 -
 -