Research

People

 

  Directors


Dr. Christopher Lum

Vagners

Hannah Rotta

Christopher Lum, PhD
Director

lum@uw.edu
(206) 543-0539

Juris Vagners PhD
Professor Emeritus

vagners@uw.edu
(206) 616-3590

Hannah Rotta
Director of Flight Operations

hrotta@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.

Hannah graduated from the UW with a BS in Aeronautics and Astronautics in 2016. She now oversees flight testing for the AFSL by coordinating flight test campaigns, ensuring regulation compliance and working to get students involved in the entire testing process. She has also focused on UAS operations in GPS-denied environments, aircraft optimization and instrumentation integration.

   
   

  Affiliate Directors


Tad McGeer

Rolf Rysdyk

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

  Graduate Researchers


Kris Gauksheim

Ryan Grimes

 
Kris Gauksheim Ryan Grimes
 

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

Ryan is a MS Candidate in the Aeronautics & Astronautics Department as well as a lieutenant in the US Air Force. He is researching visual anchoring algorithms for use in GPS-denied environments along with orbit controller integration and operation in UAVs.

  

     
  Undergraduate Researchers

Karine Chen

Connor Kafka

Karine Chen Connor Kafka Helen Kuni

Karine has been with the laboratory since 2016.  Her main interests in AFSL are hardware assembly and investigating UAS application integrations. Outside of the laboratory, she is a game enthusiast, who also enjoys building small DIY projects.

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.

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.

     
Selina Lui Tin-Tin Patana-Anake Ravi Patel

Selina is an undergraduate researcher in the department of Mechanical Engineering. She currently aids in aircraft construction and hardware calibration. Selina also utilizes her experience with additive manufacturing to prototype additions and modifications installed on the UAVs.

Tinnabhand is an undergraduate in Department of Electrical Engineering specialized in Embedded concentration. He’s keen on hardware and software and hope to integrate it to the Swarm Research Project. Other interests include UAS, artificial intelligent, and machine learning. Tinnabhand’s inspirations are from the “Shooting Star” drones used by Intel and Disney.

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.

     
Riley Turk Zach Williams  
Riley Turk Zach Williams  

Riley is an undergraduate in the Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics. He is interested in autonomous fixed wing aircraft and sUAS applications.

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
 -
 -
   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
 -
 -
   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
 -
   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
 -
 -