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Lab Director: Dr. Suman Chakravorty, Associate Professor (Dept. of Aerospace Engineering, Texas A&M University)

Email: schakrav[at]tamu[dot]edu

Bio: I completed my B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, in Mechanical Engineering, in 1997, and my PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 2004. I was an Assistant Professor at A&M from August 2004 – September 2010, and have been in my current position since then. My research focuses on ameliorating the triple curses of NONLINEARITY, DIMENSIONALITY and UNCERTAINTY in estimation and control problems, with applications to Mobile Robotics, Morphing Aircraft and Distributed Parameter Systems. In this website, you will find information about my research group’s work, along with our publications and other news. Thank you for showing interest in our research work and please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about our research.

Research Interests

  • Stochastic Dynamical Systems
  • Robotic Mapping and Planning
  • Space-based High Resolution Imaging Systems

Awards & Honors

  • Best Paper in conference award at the 2006 AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, Breckenridge, CO
  • Several “best paper in session” awards at the American Control Conference (ACC)
  • Air Force Summer Faculty Fellow (2010, 2011)

Graduate Students:

Saurav Agarwal, Email: sauravag[at]tamu[dot]edu

I am currently a Ph.D candidate in the Dept. of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M. My primary research is focused on motion planning under uncertainty for both known and unknown environments and I am also developing methods for accurate long-term SLAM. I was a research intern at Qualcomm Inc, where I applied motion planning on Qualcomm chipsets for robotic applications. I completed an M.Sc by Research in Aerospace Engineering from Cranfield University, UK on vision-based navigation and my B.Tech in Aerospace Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IITB).


Mohammadhussein Rafieisakhaei, Email: mrafieis[at]tamu[dot]edu

I am a PhD Student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University. My research area is in Stochastic Optimization with application to mobile robot motion planning. I am also interested in Algorithmic Optimization, Convex Optimization, Financial Engineering, and Systems Thinking. I am jointly advised by Prof. P. R. Kumar in the Electrical Engineering Department at TAMU.



WestonFaberWeston Faber, Email: wrf[at]tamu[dot]edu

I received my BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. I am currently a Ph.D candidate in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M. GO AGGIES! My current research interest include estimation of dynamic systems, situational awareness, and optimal sensor tasking.



DilshadDilshad Raihan, Email: dilshadraihan[at]tamu[dot]edu

I received my bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology – Madras, India in 2013. Presently I am pursuing a doctoral degree in Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M. My principal research interests include stochastic dynamical systems and nonlinear filtering. I have previously worked on nonlinear control of aeroelasticity and applications of machine learning in process monitoring.



Undergraduate Researchers:

Mathew Skolaut (Jan 2017 – present)

Currently an undergraduate student in Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University.




Visiting Students:


Vikram Shree (June – July 2016)

Currently a graduate student (Ph.D.) at Cornell. B.Tech Aerospace Engineering IIT Kanpur. Visited TAMU as part of TAMU-IITK exchange program.




Namrata Gupta (June – July 2014)

Currently employed at Eaton Technologies Pvt. Ltd. in India. Visited TAMU as part of TAMU-IITK exchange program.




Ajinkya Jain (June – July 2013)

Currently a graduate student (Ph.D.) at University of Texas at Austin. Visited TAMU as part of TAMU-IITK exchange program.




Past Members:

danDan Yu (Ph.D. December 2016)





Amirhossein Tamjidi (M.S May 2017)

Currently working as a robotics engineer at Bobsweep.




AliAghaDr. Ali-akbar Agha-mohammadi (Ph.D. October 2013)

Aug 2016 – Present: Robotics Technologist at NASA JPL.

Jan 2015 – Aug 2016: Staff Engineer, Qualcomm Research, San Diego

Oct 2013 – Dec 2014: Post-Doctoral researcher at the MIT LIDS.

Web: http://www.mit.edu/~aliagha/



MrinalDr. Mrinal Kumar (Ph.D. December 2009)

2016 – Present: Assistant Prof. at Ohio State University (Mechanical and Aerospace)

2010-2016: Assistant Professor at U. Florida, Gainesville

Web: https://mae.osu.edu/people/kumar.672



roshmikDr. Roshmik Saha (Ph.D. August 2011)

Currently employed as Software Development Engineer at Microsoft.




sandipDr. Sandip Kumar (Ph.D. December 2011)

Currently employed as a Robotics System Software Engineer in Test at The MathWorks.




jamieDr. Jaime Ramirez (M.S. 2006)

Currently employed as Director of Government Programs at Accion Systems Inc.

Ph.D. from MIT.



Josh Davis (graduated 2006, now at Bell Helicopters, Dallas)