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ARA Lab Faculty

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Dr. Hung (Jim) La
ARA Lab Director, Associate Professor
PhD2011, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, USA
Postdoc 2011-2012: Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA
Research Interest:
Robotics, Mobile Sensor Networks, Control Systems
Office Phone: (775) 682-6862
Lab Phone: (775) 682-5490
Email: hla@unr.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Shahriar Badsha
ARA Lab Faculty, Assistant Professor
PhD2019, Computer Science and Software Engineering, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
Postdoc 2019: University of Nevada, Reno, NV, USA
Research Interest:
Blockchain-based Application, Machine Learning, Applied Cryptography
Office Phone: (775) 682-8313
Lab Phone: (775) 682-5490
Email: sbadsha@unr.edu
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Post Docs.

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PhD2008, Astrophysics, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Research Interest:
Robotics, Smart chair for disable people.
Lab Phone:(775) 682-5490
Dr. Leaman joined ARA Lab in Jan. 2015 to work on the iChair project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Visiting Scholar

Anh Pham (Visiting Scholar)
 
Research Interest:
Robotics, Mechatronics.
Lab Phone:(775) 682-5490
Mr. Pham joined ARA Lab in March 2019 as a visiting scholar to research on robotics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PhD Students

MS2019, Computer Science & Engineering, UNR
Research Interest: Deep Learning, Autonomous Mobile Robots, Computer Vision
Lab Phone:(775) 682-5490
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

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Ashutosh  Singandhupe (PhD Student)
MS2017, Computer Science and Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno
Research Interest:
Robotics, SLAM, Computer Vision, UAV navigation , UAV security.
Lab Phone:(775) 682-5490


 

 

 

 

 

 

Habib  Ahmed (PhD Student)
MS2016, Robotics & Intelligent Machine Engineering, National University of Science and Technology, Pakistan.
Research Interest:
Robotics, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence.
Lab Phone:(775) 682-5490


 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

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Son Nguyen (PhD Student)
MS2015, Control Engineering and Automation, Ho Chi Minh University of Transportation, Vietnam
Research Interest:
Robotics, Automation, Control.
Lab Phone:(775) 682-5490

 

 

 

 

 

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Master Students

 

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Andrew Washburn (MS student)
BS 2014, Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA
Research Interest:
Robotics, Perception, Sensing.
Lab Phone:(775) 682-5490

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Cadence Motley (MS student)
BS 2019, Mechanical Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno, USA
Research Interest:
Robotics, Machine Design.
Lab Phone:(775) 682-5490
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 Kripash Shrestha (MS student)
 
MS 2019, Computer Science & Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno, USA
Research Interest: Multi-agent Coordination, SLAM, Computer Vision, Robotics
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Nicholas Ward
 
Nick (UNR CSE undergrad student) joined ARA lab in Summer 2021 for NSF REU site
Computer Science and Engineering, UNR
Research Interest: Robotics, Deep Learning, Computer Vision
 
 
Hoang-Dung Bui
 
MS Fall 2020, Thesis PDF
Computer Science and Engineering, UNR
Research Interest: Robotics, Motion Planning
 
 
 
 
 
 
Umme-Hafsa Billah (Co-advisor: Dr. Ali Tavakkoli)

 

 
MS Summer 2020, Thesis PDF
Computer Science and Engineering, UNR
Research Interest: Machine Learning, Computer Vision
 
 
 
 
 
 
Zach Young
 
MS Spring 2020: Thesis PDF, Video
Computer Science and Engineering, UNR
Research Interest:
Robotics, Reinforcement Learning.
 

 

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Undergraduate Students

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Alumni

 

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Nicholas Harris (Co-advised with Dr. Sushil Louis)
MS Fall 2019: Thesis PDF
Computer Science & Engineering, UNR

Research Interest: Robotics, Software Engineering.

 

 

 

 

 

 

MS Spring 2019: Thesis PDF
Computer Science & Engineering, UNR
Current: PhD student at ARA lab and Software Engineer, CareWear Corp, Reno, NV.
Research Interest: Deep Learning, Autonomous Mobile Robots, Computer Vision
 

 

 

 

 

 

Chuong Le
Research Interest: Robotics and SLAM.
Lab Phone:(775) 682-5490
Email: khuechuong@gmail.com 
Bio: Chuong is an undergraduate student of the University of Oklahoma and joined ARA Lab in Summer 2018 and 2019 to do robotics research under NSF-REU Site program.
 
 
Stacey Cubos
Research Interest: Robotics and NDE sensor/Virtual Reality.
Lab Phone:(775) 682-5490
Email: sgtcubos@gmail.com
Bio: Stacey is an undergraduate student of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and joined ARA Lab in Summer/June 2018 to do robotics research under NSF-REU Site program.
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

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PhD2015, Computer Science and Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno, USA
Dr. Liu joined ARA Lab as a research assistant professor from Jan. 2017 to Dec. 2018 to partially work on the INSPIRE project (with Dr. Sushil Louis).
Current: Assistant Professor, Computer Science, Missouri State University.
Research Interest:
Machine Learning, Computational Intelligence.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Huy Pham (Co-advisor: Dr. David Feil-Seifer)
MS, Fall 2018. Thesis PDF
Computer Science & Engineering, UNR
Research Interest:
Robotics, UAVs, Multi-robot systems.
Current: Aarhus University, Denmark
 
 

Spencer Gibb

MS, Spring 2018. Thesis PDF

Computer Science & Engineering, UNR

Current: Software Research Engineer at Scientific Games

Research Interest: Robotics, Computer Vision, Machine Learning.


 

 
 
 
 
 

                                                                       

Ashutosh Singandhupe
MS Fall 2017. Thesis PDF
Computer Science & Engineering, UNR
Current: PhD student at ARA Lab
Research Interest:
Robotics, SLAM, Computer Vision, UAV navigation , UAV security
Lab Phone: (775) 682-549

 

 

 

 

 

 

Devin Connel
MS, Spring 2017. Thesis PDF
Computer Science & Engineering, UNR
Current: Engineer at Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC)
Research Interest:
Robotics, Path Planning, SLAM.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 Brian (Tuan) Le
MS Spring 2017. Thesis PDF
Computer Science & Engineering, UNR
Current: Norwegian University
Research Interest:
Robotics and Mobile Sensor Networks.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 Hannah Huh
Current: Princeton University
 Hannah attended Davison Academy and joined ARA Lab in Summer 2015 and left 2017. She was doing robotics SLAM research at ARA Lab. She received the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing, the 2017 National Honorable Mention.
 

 

 

 

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Alexander Woods
MS 2016. Thesis PDF
Mechanical Engineering, UNR
Current: Engineer at Lockheed Martin’s Autonomous Systems group, Denver, CO.
Research Interest:
Dynamic System and Control, Mechatronics/Robotics
Circuit and PCB design, Microprocessor Programming
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

Ryan Schmid
Project Assistant for ARA Lab: 2017-2018
BS 2017, Mechanical Engineering, UNR
Research Interest:
Dynamic Systems and Controls, Autonomous systems, Robotics.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RJ Lowry
Project Assistant for ARA Lab: 2017-2018
BS 2018, Computer Science, UNR
Research Interest:
Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Systems, and Human-Computer Interaction.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Logan Falk
Project Assistant for ARA Lab: 2016-2017
BS 2016, Mechanical Engineering, UNR
Research Interest:
Robotic Designs and Autonomous Systems.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jesus Sanchez
BS 2015
Current: Mobile Robot Software Developer at Bastian Solutions
Research Interest:
Robotics and Artificial Intelligence.
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other grad/undergrad students (Project assistants)
 
1. Harpreet Singh (grad: Fall 2020)
 
2. Hai Nguyen (grad: Fall 2018- Sring2019)
 
3.Daniel Mendez (grad: Fall 2017-Fall 2018)

4. Luan Nguyen (grad: Fall 2014-Summer 2018)

5. Nhan Pham (grad: Fall 2016-Fall2017)

6. Mohammad Jafari (grad: Fall2015-Spring2015)

 
 High Schooler Interns (Project assistants)
 
1. Alex Yun (Intern: Summer 2021. From Reno High School, Reno, NV)
 
2. Tony Won-Gyu (Intern: Summer 2021. From Reno High School, Reno, NV)
 
3. Ethan Chang (Intern: Spring & Summer 2021. From Middlesex School, Concord, MA)
 
4. Alan Zhang (Intern: Spring 2020. From Robert McQueen High School, Reno, NV)
 
5. Duc La (Intern: Spring 2020, Summer 2021. From Reno High School, Reno, NV)
 
6. Sean Uz (Intern: Spring 2020. From Reno High School, Reno, NV)
 
7. Chris Kyrioakou (Intern: Spring 2020. From Reno High School, Reno, NV)
 
8. Chloe Nixon (Intern: Fall 2019. From Galena High School STEM Academy , Reno, NV)
 
9. Aditya Krishnamoorthy (Intern: Fall 2019. From Earl Wooster High School, Reno, NV)
 
10. Sydney Zucco (Intern: Summer 2019. From Edward C. Reed High School)
 
11. Kaitline White  (Intern: Summer 2019. From Coral Academy of Science High School)