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Current Members

PhD Students

Manaswin Oddiraju : Ph.D. Student

Manaswin Oddiraju

Ph.D. Student
moddiraj@buffalo.edu


Education: MS, Mechanical Engineering, University at Buffalo, USA, 2021

Research Areas: Inverse Design of Metamaterial Structures, Multi-Fidelity Optimization and Finite Element Analysis

Nathan Maurer : Ph.D. Student

Nathan Maurer

Ph.D. Student
namaurer@buffalo.edu


Education: BS, Computer Engineering, University at Buffalo, USA, 2017
Research Areas: Neuroevolution, Reinforcement Learning, Neuromorphic Computing

Prajit Krisshna Kumar : Ph.D. Student

Prajit Krisshna Kumar

Ph.D. Student
prajitkr@buffalo.edu


Education: M.S., Engineering Science(Robotics), University at Buffalo, 2021

Research Interest: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Swarm Robotics.

Steve Paul : Ph.D. Student

Steve Paul

Ph.D. Student
stevepau@buffalo.edu
https://www.linkedin.com/in/steve-paul-67699854/

https://iamstevepaul.github.io/

Research Project: A Bio-inspired Neural System for Energy Optimal Collision Avoidance by Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

MS Students

Sharan Vijai : Msc Student

Sharan Vijai

Msc Student
sharanvi@buffalo.edu


Education: M.Sc. Robotics, University at Buffalo, 2023

Research Areas: Multi-Agent Reinforcement learning, Localisation using sparse data and Computer vision.

BS Students

Hanvit(Henry) Cho : B.Sc. Student

Hanvit(Henry) Cho

B.Sc. Student
hanvitch@buffalo.edu


Education: B.S., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University at Buffalo, expected graduation 2023

Research Interest: Robotics, Swarm intelligence, Bio-inspired mechanics

Nishanth Gopinath : B.Sc. Student

Nishanth Gopinath

B.Sc. Student
ngopinat@buffalo.edu


Education: BS, Computer Science, December 2023
Research Areas: Swarm Robots, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Achintya Upadhyay : B.Sc. Student

Achintya Upadhyay

B.Sc. Student
aupadhya@buffalo.edu


Education: B.S., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University at Buffalo, expected graduation May 2025
Research Areas: Multi-robot systems, Mobility and navigation systems, Autonomous robots, Adaptation and self-learning systems

Lab Alumni

PhD Students

Payam Ghassemi : Ph.D. Student

Payam Ghassemi

Ph.D. Student
payamgha@buffalo.edu
https://www.PayamGhassemi.com

Education: M.S., Mechtronics Engineering, University of Tehran, Iran

Research Area: Multi-agent / Multi-Robot Systems, Swarm Systems, Decentralized Task Allocation, Surrogate Modeling and Multi-fidelity Optimization, UAV Noise Mitigation

Amir Behjat : Ph.D. Student

Amir Behjat

Ph.D. Student
amirbehj@buffalo.edu


Education: M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Sharif Institute of Technology, Iran

Research Areas: Neuroevolution, Lifelong Autonomy (for UGVs and UAVs), Evolutionary and Developmental Robotics, Topological Optimization of Metamaterials

Chen Zeng : Ph.D. Student

Chen Zeng

Ph.D. Student
czeng2@buffalo.edu


Education: M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University at Buffalo, 2018

Research Areas: Transitioning Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), Aerodynamic Shape Optimization, Encoding of Modular System Configuration and Topology, Particle Swarm Optimization

MS Students

Jhoel Witter : M.S. Student

Jhoel Witter

M.S. Student
jhoelwit@buffalo.edu


Education: B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University at Buffalo, 2021

Research interests: ML, AI, Robotics

Gerald Kalloor Antony : M.S. Student

Gerald Kalloor Antony

M.S. Student
geraldka@buffalo.edu


Research Interest: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Robotics.

Krushang Gabani : M.S. Student

Krushang Gabani

M.S. Student
krushang@buffalo.edu
https://www.linkedin.com/in/krushanggabani/

Education: BE, Mechanical Engineering, Gujarat Technological University, India, 2016

Research Areas: UAV Dynamics and Control, Reinforcement Learning, Autonomous Systems

Sharat Chidambaran : M.S. Student

Sharat Chidambaran

M.S. Student
sharatpa@buffalo.edu


Education: B.Tech., Mechanical Engineering, Visvesvaraya Technological University, India, 2016

Research Areas: Energy-Autonomous UGV, Ground Robot Path Planning, Neuroevolution, Open AI Benchmarking

Maulikkumar Dhameliya : M.S. Student

Maulikkumar Dhameliya

M.S. Student
maulikku@buffalo.edu
https://www.linkedin.com/in/maulik-dhameliya-2b659282/

Education: BE, Mechanical Engineering, Gujarat Technological University, India, 2016

Research Areas: Swarm Intelligence, Swarmbots (design, fabrication and testing), UAV Flight Testing

Sidharth Sher : M.S. Student

Sidharth Sher

M.S. Student
ssher2@buffalo.edu
https://www.linkedin.com/in/sidharthsher/

Education: B.Tech., Mechanical Engineering, Kurukshetra University, India

Research Areas: Swarm Intelligence, Virtual Environments for Robotics, Behavior Tree for Robotics

Vivek Bhavsar : M.S. Student

Vivek Bhavsar

M.S. Student
vbhavsar@buffalo.edu
https://www.linkedin.com/in/vivek-bhavsar-671131103/

Education: BE, Mechanical Engineering, Gujarat Technological University, India, 2016

Research Area: Transient CFD, Analysis and Optimization of (Avian) Flapping Wing Flight

Sumeet S. Lulekar : M.S. Student

Sumeet S. Lulekar

M.S. Student
sumeetsa@buffalo.edu


Education: B.Tech., Mechanical Engineering, Vellore institute of technology, India, 2016

Research Areas: Bio-inspired Fluid Dynamics, Passive Flow Control, CFD (batch processing w/ OpenFOAM), Parallel Computing

Kaige Zhu : M.S. Student

Kaige Zhu

M.S. Student
kaigezhu@buffalo.edu


Research Project: Optimal Surrogate And Neural Network Modeling For Day-ahead Forecasting of The Hourly Energy Consumption of University Building

Divya Vani : M.S. Student

Divya Vani

M.S. Student
divyaram@buffalo.edu
https://www.linkedin.com/in/divya-vani-b967164b/

Research Project: Computational Investigation of Passive surface flow control features for Aerodynamic Efficiency

I Graduated with Masters in Aerospace Engineering. I was previously working in a Manufacturing company - Reliance Industries for 2 years in India. I did my undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (V.J.T.I), India.

Chenrui Guo : Graduate Student

Chenrui Guo

Graduate Student
chenruig@buffalo.edu


Research Project: Optimal Online Path Planning with Multi-Obstacles Avoidance for Autonomous Fixed-Wing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Sanchit Kumar Gupta : Graduate Student

Sanchit Kumar Gupta

Graduate Student
sanchit.gupta@live.com
https://www.linkedin.com/in/sanchit-kumar-gupta-a9627759/

Research Projects: SAE Baja, Quadcopter design, Multi-UAV networking for disaster response, Reconfigurable UAV, Navigation of aerial and ground robot in cluttered environment.

BS Students

Niranjan Ravichandra : Undergraduate Student

Niranjan Ravichandra

Undergraduate Student
nravicha@buffalo.edu
https://www.linkedin.com/in/niranjanravichandra/

Education: B.S., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (double Major), expected graduation 2019

Research Areas: Wireless Networking for Robotics, Bio-inspired mechanics

Suhas Bangalore Umesh : Undergraduate Student

Suhas Bangalore Umesh

Undergraduate Student
suhasban@buffalo.edu
https://www.linkedin.com/in/suhas-bangalore-umesh-3151a1127/

Education: B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

Research Area: Prototyping and Fabrication of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV)

Tingyu Guo : B.Sc. Student

Tingyu Guo

B.Sc. Student



Research Projects: Multi-robot task allocation with integer programming

David Depauw : B.Sc. Student

David Depauw

B.Sc. Student



Research Projects: Calibration and experimental verification of swarm-based task allocation

Mark Balazon : B.Sc. Student

Mark Balazon

B.Sc. Student



Research Projects: Swarm robotic environments

Cameroon Minarovich : B.Sc. Student

Cameroon Minarovich

B.Sc. Student



Research Projects: UAV simulation and flight learning

Christian Closs : B.Sc. Student

Christian Closs

B.Sc. Student



Research Projects: Quadcopter experiments and spiking neural networks

Andrew Hoffman : B.Sc. Student

Andrew Hoffman

B.Sc. Student



Research Projects:  Inter-agent communication & evaluation of swarm-bots.