The Team


Dr. Padir

Dr. Taskin Padir is the Director of the Robotics and Intelligent Vehicles Research Laboratory (RIVeR Lab) at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is an Assistant Professor of Robotics Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering at WPI. He holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees from Purdue University. His research interests include adaptive control of robotic systems, cooperating robots, intelligent vehicles and modular robotic systems. 

Current Students

Katiegrace Youngsma

KG Youngsma is a second year master’s degree student in Robotics Engineering, expecting to graduate this May. She graduated with a BS in Engineering with an emphasis in mechanical engineering from Dordt College in May of 2009. She is currently working on a master’s thesis to simulate the kinematics and dynamics of a reconfigurable legged robot, which will be able to walk using between four and twelve modular legs, each with independent leg controllers. Despite her background in mechanical background, KG is always curious about all aspects of robotic engineering and quickly picked up skills in simulation. Along with her thesis, KG is also working on an independent study to learn to program hardware-software integration level code for microprocessors in C.
Yuanbin Yao

Chris Earley

Andrew Brown

Samuel Francois

Past Students

M.S. Students
Ben Roy
Ben Roy is a first year graduate student working on his masters in Robotics Engineering at WPI. He graduated last year from WPI with a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering and was a member of the Prometheus ground vehicle and is now working on a robust Intelligent ground platform for research in localization and mapping using low cost techniques. While his background is ECE he also has skills in mechanical design and fabrication. 

Currently with Qinetiq, NA.

Dan Sacco

Dan Sacco is a first year graduate student in the Robotics Engineering Program at WPI. He graduated from WPI in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering.  He is currently working on his master's degree and his graduate research is in robust algorithms for lane detection for autonomous vehicles. In 2010 he was a member of Team Prometheus, WPI's entry in to the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC).  Upon graduation Dan will be working as a Product Engineer at Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics. 

Currently with Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics.


BioSwimmer Team - 2011
Chris Aloisio
Casey Comisky
Mark Hawthorne

EOD Disposal Robot Team - 2011
Matthew Carey
Eric Kurz
Josh Matte
Tim Perrault
Jeff Wyman

IGVC'11 Team - 2011
Mehmet Ali Akmanalp
Ryan Doherty
Jeffrey Gorges
Peter Kalauskas
Ellen Peterson
Felipe Polido

Sabertooth Robotics Team - 2011
Vadim Chernyak
Tim Flynn
Jonathan Morgan
Jeff O'Rourke
Anton Zalutsky