co-PI - Nuclear Robotics Group (nuclear), Texas Atomic Energy Research Foundation Professorship, Mechanical Engineering
PI - Dr. Pryor is a Research Scientist and Lecturer for the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin.
Andy came to the Nuclear Robotics Group as a Master's student in 2011, and has finished his PhD. He is currently working in a postdoc position at the NRG lab. His research interests are compliant control, grasping, and machine learning. His research focuses on safer, more delicate manipulation with rigid industrial robots.
Adam Allevato joined the NRG in Fall 2014 after graduating with his Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Colorado State University. His research focuses on processing 3D point cloud data and using it to perform a variety of remote manipulation tasks.
Blake Anderson completed his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at Texas Tech. Before joined the NRG team in January 2013 he worked at Nuclear Logistics in Ft. Worth. His research will focus on the autonomous capabilities with an emphasis on system design and task completion for mobile manipulators working in hazardous environments.
Cheryl's reserach focuses on the fundamentals of automating the grasping process for a manipulator. The goal is to not only find a valid grasp but a large set of valid grasps that can then be used by the controller to identify grasp configurations that are compatible with the task at hand.
John joined NRG in Fall 2017. His research interests include operation of telerobotic systems in hazardous environments and use of VR in robotics. He holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and an M.S. in Astronautical Engineering from the University of Southern California.
Lucas Gallegos completed his Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering during the Spring of 2017 at The University of New Mexico. Before joining the Nuclear Robotics Group, he worked as a research student at Los Alamos National Laboratory for four summers while he completed his undergraduate studies. His research will focus on automation applications involving a 6 degree of freedom Stewart Platform.
Nick Hashem completed his Bachelor's degree in Physics at the University of Texas at Austin. Nick joined the NRG in the Summer of 2016. His research will focus on investigating the principles of neutron radiography and robotic systems for use in non-destructive testing applications. This will also include examining methods to determine the radiographic image quality.
Matthew Horn received a Mechanical Engineering degree Cum Laude from Rice University. Matt joined the NRG in early July 2014 and graduated with his M.S.E with a certification in Robotics May 2017. His previous research involves grasp planning in hazardous environments with hazardous materials and supporting several other projects that involve object manipulation or contact tasks. Current research involves handling hazardous materials between autonomous agents.
Conor graduated from UT Austin with a bachelors in Mechanical Engineering in spring 2016, and has since been working with the NRG on a Masters. His research focuses on perception and the user interface for a robot performing remote inspections in a hazardous environment.
Christina Petlowany graduated with an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University in 2016. She is interested in control systems and design for extreme environments. Her research will focus on the control plan for a robotic manipulator.
Adam graduated from the University of Texas with a B.S in Mechanical Engineering in the Spring of 2017. He joined NRG in his last semester as an undergrad and continued with the lab while working on his Masters.
Meredith completed her undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in the spring of 2015. She joined the NRG group in the summer of 2015 to lead a research project with a team of undergradutes. Her ongoing research involves task planning and execution for autonomous mobile systems in hazardous environments.
Nitish completed his undergraduate studies in Mechanical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. He joined NRG in Fall 2017. His research focuses on compliant control and transition from perception-based control to contact-based control.
Andrew Sharp completed undergraduate studies in Mechanical Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology in the spring of 2013 and became part of the the NRG team in the fall of 2013. He started his time at the NRG working on the integration of the newly acquired VaultBot platform. His current research focuses on levels of autonomy and the use of virtual fixtures for augmented teleoperation of industrial systems. Virtual fixturing can be used to impose software limits on the robot workspace in a similar manner to a hardware jig.
Chris Suarez graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 2014. After working industry as a systems engineer for 2 years, he joined NRG in the Fall of 2016. His research involves navigation and obstacle avoidance in 3D with mobile platforms.
Selma Wanna joined NRG as an undergraduate research assistant during the summer of 2015. She graduated with her Bachelors of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering the summer of 2017 and joined NRG as a graduate student that fall. Her research is focused on extending ORP: the Object Recognition Pipeline developed by Adam Allevato. Selma has worked on over 10 robots and robotics projects since the beginning of her collegiate journey as a member of the University of Texas's Robotics and Automation Society. Her favorite fictional robot is K2SO and her favorite real robot is Kuri.
Ben Ebersole completed his undergraduate studies in Mechanical Engineering at Colorado State University and joined the NRG team in Spring of 2014. His research is part of a collaborative effort to develop a mobile manipulator system which can survey, place, and retrieve items within a specified hazardous environment, with a particular focus on the autonomous navigation of its vehicular base. He has graduated from the program December 2016 with an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering in the Nuclear & Radiation Engineering program.
John Elson worked at NRG while an undergraduate student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He worked on optimizing object recognition software by collecting data with different sensors, and comparing the sensors' relative recognition abilities.
Alex supported Dr. Pryor and graduate students in the development of robotic arms and their associated software to be used in the manipulation of nuclear materials inside a glove box. She worked with the then new Microsoft Kinect, designing and conducting tests to determine the accuracy of the device as a cost-effective sensor to locate and potentially identify objects within the constraints of the glovebox containing nuclear materials. Alex currently works in the Washington DC area.
Joseph's current research is on the design and operation of dynamically-deployed robotic systems for use in confined, hazardous environments. His PhD, completed in 2015, focused on performing neutron radiography using robots for part manipulation.
Thomas Lu joined NRG in Fall 2014 as an undergraduate student at the University of Texas. He assisted in research focusing on 3D point cloud data processing. He enjoys listening to classical music and browsing StackExchange.
Brian completed his PhD in February 2013 titled, "Object recognition and pose estimation for nuclear manipulation in nuclear materials handling applications," in which he developed a new cylindrical histogram method using 3D point clouds to recognize and locate specularly reflective objects in a specularly reflective environment (i.e. shiny metal objects in a metal glovebox). Brian continued at U.T. Austin as post doctorate until he accepted a position at LANL in August, 2013.
Clinton Peterson joined the Nuclear Robotics Group in Fall 2013 after receiving a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas. As an undergraduate he worked as a research assistant at the Nuclear Engineering Teaching Laboratory. His work consisted of fabricating a material reduction device for the disassembly of used plutonium pits. In 2015, Clinton received his Masters degree and became a full-time employee at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He enjoys bass guitar, weight lifting, and burritos.
Kyle Schroeder completed his PhD in July, 2013 with his dissertation entitled "Requirements for effective collision detection on industrial serial manipulators." After working for 2 years as a full-time student affiliate at LANL, he moved to Arizona where he is studying volitional control and feedback of robotic prosthetic devices as a post doctoral research candidate in the Human Machine Integration Laboratory at Arizona State University. He is also researching and developing powered prosthetic ankles at SpringActive (www
Jack's research focused on redesigning the human-robot interface to facilitate intuitive teleoperation of an anthropomorphic dual arm robot. In 2014, Jack received his Masters degree from NRG. He is now a PhD student at UT Austin, studying under Dr. Maruthi Akella.
Alex von Sternberg graduated from The University of Texas in 2012 with his Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. He then went to work at Johnson Space Center for L-3 Communications where he wrote C++ simulation models of systems on the International Space Station. He joined NRG in the Fall of 2014, where he researches compliant control of industrial robots. Alex Completed his Masters in May, 2016 and accepted a full-time position at Los Alamos National Labs
Josh Williams completed his PhD in July, 2013 titled, "Automated conceptual design of manufacturing workcells in radioactive environments" in which he developed an automated interdisciplinary design tool used to design and configure manufacturing and processing stations for handling Plutonium and other special nuclear materials more safely. He has been working as a full-time student affililate since May, 2011 and accepted a full-time research position upon completion of dissertation at Los Alamos in the Manufacturing Engineering Technologies Group (MET).
Nathan is a sophomore year in mechanical engineering here at UT. He participated in his high school's FIRST Robotics team where I was the lead programer for two seasons. In the NRG, Nathan has taken the lead in developing 3D point cloud vision techniques for scanning a room in order to determine if items were added or removed from a storage facility.
Tiffany Yang worked with the lab while she was a sophomore in Mechanical Engineering. She worked with object recognition software to collect a database of 3D point cloud images and using it to train sensors to identify those objects in an effort to make robots more autonomous.