Our Team

William Robert (Bob) Norris
Ph.D, MBA ~ Lab Director

With more than 20 years of unmanned system technology, business development, marketing, and program management experience, I am well-qualified in developing opportunities for the introduction and commercialization of new products.

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Graduate Students

Hang Cui
Graduate Research Assistant

Experienced data analyst with a demonstrated history of working in the machinery industry. Skilled in reinforcement learning, AI, deep learning, Python, MATLAB & Simulink, LabVIEW, and C++. Strong information technology professional working on a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) focused in robotics and system engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Michaela Loboto
Graduate Research Assistant

Michaela graduated with her B.S. from the Grainger College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in December 2019. Her major was in systems engineering and design with a concentration in robotics and autonomous systems and a minor in Spanish.

She is now a graduate student involved in robotics research in the Autonomous and Unmanned Vehicle Systems Laboratory within the Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering department at UIUC. Her research has focused on multi-robot localization and terrain mapping using UAVs.
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Sharan Balasubramanian
Graduate Research Assistant

I’ve done my Bachelor’s in mechanical engineering with a minor in automobile engineering. During my Bachelor’s, I gained a fair share of knowledge in designing and manufacturing a Formula student car when I was a part of Pegasus Racing (http://www.pegasusracing.in/). When attending Formula Student Germany, I attended a techtalk on autonomous vehicles and got interested towards autonomy. So I started my master’s with a focus on machine learning and data science and joined the AUVSL team. I’m interested in applying machine learning towards real-life systems. My current area of research involves using neural networks for modelling dynamic systems for Kalman filtering and localization. Sharan's LinkedIn

Yu Chen
Graduate Research Assistant

I am a master student who majors in mechanical science and engineering and works under the leadership of Prof. William Robert Norris. I have gained my fair share of knowledge in manufacturing, mechanical design, and structural analysis during my undergraduate days in Michigan State. Now I am focusing my interest and energy on studying robotics and dynamic control in a demanding graduate school program in U of I.

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Maxwell Cichon

Graduate Research Assistant

Systems engineering student with robotics and test engineering experience

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Ayush Rajput
Graduate Research Assistant

I am a graduate student at UIUC majoring in data science. I enjoy working at the intersection of machine learning, decision science and control systems. I am currently working with the submarine team and helping them to design an efficient underwater motion controller.

Sourabh Kannadka
Graduate Research Assistant

I am a graduate student pursuing data science and advanced analytics in the industrial engineering program here at UIUC. I am passionate about incorporating AI techniques to improve complex processes. My current research is on multi-sensor data fusion and neural network based controller development in C++.

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Konur Yigit
Graduate Research Assistant

I'm a graduate student at the Department of Aerospace Engineering of UIUC. My interests include high-level control of robotic agents, controller design, and control software development. I hold an M.Sc. degree in marine engineering from MIT and a B.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tr Naval Academy.

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Justin Yurkanin
Graduate Research Assistant

I'm a graduate student with experience in controller design and hope to assist with the underwater submarine project in any way I can.

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Woojin Ahn
Graduate Research Assistant

I am a graduate student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign majoring in systems engineering.
My concentration is autonomous systems and robotics and minor is computer science.

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Undergraduate Students

Chirag Rastogi

I am an undergraduate student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign pursing a degree in computer engineering. I am working with the team on the autonomous submarine. My interests include mobile Robotics, computer vision and machine learning.

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Sidhanth Asur

I am a freshman studying systems engineering and design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, concentrating in robotics and automation, with a minor in political science. My interests include robotics, cutting-edge technology, and any mode of transportation.

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Joanna Wu

I am a sophomore at UIUC majoring in systems engineering with a concentration in robotics.

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Orson Wang

I am a sophomore studying Systems Engineering and Design with a concentration in autonomous systems and robotics.

Matthew Obradovic

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Graduated Team Members

Rodra Hascaryo
Research Engineer

Rodra is an M.S. alum of aerospace engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His primary interests are systems engineering and autonomous systems. He works on improving navigation of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) by incorporating dynamic models into the motion prediction step of simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM).

Currently, he is a PhD research assistant in aerospace engineering at UIUC.

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James Keiller
Research Engineer

James graduated with an M.S. in electrical engineering from UIUC in December 2019, and works as a research engineer for AUVSL. Robotics, particularly autonomous mobile vehicles, are his primary research interest. His thesis was a localization engine for heterogenous teams of autonomous vehicles using ultra-wideband (UWB) beacons.

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Sandeep Srikonda
Research Engineer

I graduated with a Master's in aerospace engineering in August 2019. I have since been working as a research engineer at AUVSL developing controllers using reinforcement learning and model based motion planning. I also work with perception, mapping and localization teams and coordinate some of their research.

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Contact AUVSL

Professor William R. (Bob) Norris
Department of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
210B Transportation Building
104 S. Mathews Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801-3080

(217) 300-6647

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