Principal Investigator

Nikolaus Correll
PhD in Computer Science EPFL 2007
MS in Electrical Engineering ETH2003Assoc. Professor in Computer Science
Assoc. Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering (by courtesy)
Assoc. Professor in Aerospace Engineering Sciences (by courtesy)
Affiliate, Material Science Engineering program

 PhD Students

 farrow Nicholas Farrow
MS in Computer Science, University of Colorado, Boulder, 2015
BA in Physics, University of Colorado, Boulder, 2012
BA in Mathematics, University of Colorado, Boulder, 2012
PharmD, St. Louis College of Pharmacy, 2006
Sponsor: NSF-NRI
  Heather Hava
  Dana Hughes
Sponsor: DARPA
  John Klingner
BA in Computer Science, Cornell College, 2012
BA in Physics, Cornell College, 2012
BA in Mathematics, Cornell College, 2012
 Yang Li Yang Li
MS in Computer Science,  East China Normal University, 2015
Exchange Student, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 2010
BS in Computer Science, East China Normal University, 2012
radhen Radhen Patel, BS in Electrical Engineering, NIT Surat, 2015

Masters students


Sumeet Batra (CS), UROP
Kaixin Cui (CS)
 Derek Wright YOU’RE@CU



Dr. Timothy Caldwell, now at Zoox.

Dr. Dustin Reishus, now at Google.

Phd Students (graduated)

Dr. Andy McEvoy, CS, Spring 2017, PhD Thesis: “Shape-changing robotic materials using variable stiffness elements and distributed control”, then at MDA Systems.

Dr. Halley Profita, CS, Spring 2017, PhD Thesis: “Designing Wearable Assistive Computing Devices to Support Social Acceptability and Personal Expression” (co-advised with Prof. Shaun Kane).

Dr. David Coleman, CS, Fall 2016, PhD Thesis: “Methods for Improving Motion Planning Using Experience”, then founder at PickNik LLC.

Dr. Anshul Kanakia, CS, Fall 2015, PhD Thesis: “Optimal Task-Assignment in Multi-Agent Systems”, then at Microsoft Research.

Dr. Erik Komendera, CS, Fall 2014, PhD Thesis: “Precise Assembly of Truss Structures by Distributed Robots“, then scientist at NASA Langley research center.

Dr. Jaeheon Jeong, CS, Spring 2014, PhD Thesis: “A divide-and-conquer approach for Visual Odometry with minimally-overlapped multi-camera setup” (with Prof. Jane Mulligan).

Dr. Michael Otte, CS, Fall 2011, PhD Thesis: “Any-Com Multi-Robot Path Planning“, then Post-Doc with Emilio Frazzoli at the ARES Lab, MIT.

Master’s Students (graduated)

Rebecca Cox, Spring 2017, ECE, MS Thesis: “Multimodal Perception using Embedded Proximity and Force Sensors for Robotic Grasping”, now at Sandia National Labs.

John Lammie, Spring 2017, CS, MS Thesis: “Gesture recognition in robotic skin with pressure and proximity information”

Jorge Canardo-Alasteuy, Fall 2016, ECE, MS Thesis: “An exploration of low-cost tactile sensing in robotic manipulation”, now at Canvas systems.

Daniel Zukowski, Spring 2016, CS, MS Thesis: “A mobile and cloud­based framework for plant stress detection from crowdsourced visual and infrared imagery”, now at Archetought.

Rowan Wing, Spring 2014, now at Return Path.

Akshay Mysore, Spring 2014, ECE, MS Thesis: “Spatio-temporal gesture recognition on a distributed sensing system”, now at Continental.

Vijeth Rai, Fall 2011, ECE, MS Thesis: “Self Assembly of Modular Robots with Finite Number of Modules Using Graph Grammars”, PhD student at the University of Washington.


Branden Romero (Spring 2017), senior thesis on machine learning for robotic grasping

Florian Pescher (Supelec Metz), working on Droplets, now PhD student at FEMTO-ST, CNRS, France

Lauren McIntire (AE), DLA working on smart textiles

Regina Jingwen Luo (ECE), DLA working on coordinated sound generation with the Droplets

Audrey Randall (CS), NSF REU, working on simulating chemistry with robotic swarms

Cory Morales (CS), NSF REU, working on 3D modeling

Sarah Radzihovsky (Stanford University), NSF REU working on wearable gesture interfaces

Virginia Schilling, CS, Spring 2015, DLA/NSF REU working on wearables’ manufacturing

Blake Reimer, Physics, Spring 2015, NSF REU working on fishing-line actuators.

Parker Evans, ECE, Spring 2015, NSF REU working on variable stiffness materials.

Andrew Gordon, CS, 2015, DLA/NSF REU working on programming large-scale distributed systems.

Xing Jie Zhong, ECE, 2014, DLA/NSF REU working on liquid metal sensors

Ariel Hoffman, ECE, 2014, DLA/NSF REU working on soft robotics

Samuel Beckett, CS, Summer 2013, NSF DREU working on self-assembly algorithms.

Michael Beam, ME, Spring 2013, NSF REU working on the self-organizing amorphous facade.

Britta Ulm, ME, Spring 2013, NSF REU working on soft robotics, now graduate student at CMU.

Christopher Johnson, ECE, Spring 2013, NSF REU on the Self-Organizing Amorphous Facade and Goldshirt Electronics.

Henry Horsey, ME, Olin College, Summer 2012, UROP project on designing elements of the Self-Organizing Amorphous Facade.

Daniel Sutton, CS, Spring 2012, Senior Thesis: “Object Interaction Language (OIL): An intent-based language for programming self-organized sensor/actuator networks“.

Karamjeet Khalsa, CS, Spring 2011, Senior Thesis: “Realistic Simulation of Spatial Computers and Robot Swarms”.

Brian McDonald, CS, Spring 2010, UROP project on low-level drivers for the CLAM manipulating arm, now MSE student in CU’s ECE program.

Highschool Interns

Eliza Cornell, Summer 2013, Boulder Highschool, now at Stanford University

Naren Dasan, Summer 2013/Fall 2013, Fairview Highschool, now at University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign


Sameer Parekh, Entrepreneur in Residence, 2014

Prof. Marcelo Kallmann, University of California at Merced, 2015

Prof. Ken Sugawara, Tohoku Gakuin University, Japan, 2011-2012


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