Dr. Md Jahidul Islam directs the RoboPI lab; he is an Assistant Professor at the ECE Department of the University of Florida. His research focuses on solving challenging open problems in the domains of Robotics and AIoT. In particular, he is interested in the design and development of robust perception modules that enable autonomous robots and intelligent machines to accurately interpret their surroundings in real-time. Dr. Islam formed the RoboPI lab back in January 2022, with the primary research focus on developing novel and improved robotics systems for autonomous inspection, surveillance, and long-term monitoring applications to address and mitigate various challenging real-world problems. RoboPI also explores research problems in the domains of applied machine learning and 3D computer vision - aiming at multidisciplinary use cases of AI and AIoT. Checkout our research and publication pages for more details!
Adnan Abdullah is a Ph.D. student at the dept of ECE, University of Florida. He completed his Bachelor of Science (BSc) from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology with a major in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. His research interest, primarily in the field of embedded deep learning and on-device vision. He is currently working on several projects focusing on audio-visual signal understanding and secure communication of mobile robots in adverse sensing conditions. He is also working on state estimation and localization of mobile robots in long-term exploratory missions.
Sheng-En Huang is a Ph.D. student at the dept of ECE, University of Florida. He received his M.Sc. and B.Sc. degrees from National Chiao Tung University (NCTU) and National Taiwan Ocean University (NTOU), respectively. His research interests include control engineering and robot vision. His experience subsumes guidance and control of autonomous surface vehicles, panoramic camera SLAM with monocular vision, and on-the-move tracking algorithm.
Chen Ruo is a M.Sc. student at the dept of ECE, University of Florida. He completed his B.Sc. in Computer Engineering with an interest in embedded systems and electronic hardware. He has been a robogator member at the RoboPI laboratory since Fall 2022. His prior experience includes working with the Machine Intelligence Laboratory and the Generational Relief in Prosthetics club. He was also a team lead for the AeroGators design team. He is currently working on designing efficient and deployable RTOS modules to enable structured navigation patterns for low-cost autonomous surface vehicles.
Mehron Talebi is an undergraduate Computer Engineering student at ECE, UF. He focuses on designing and developing comprehensive computing systems in various areas, such as real-time remote sensing, embedded systems, and autonomous cross-domain robotic systems. Mehron's experience spans from circuit-level hardware to user-level software, enabling him to build vertically-integrated projects. One such example is a custom-built real-time wireless mesh sensing platform that incorporates a web-based user interface. Mehron also serves as an electrical lead in the Machine Intelligence Laboratory (MIL), led by Dr. Eric Schwartz - where he develops power, communication, and control systems for the SubjuGator AUV and NaviGator ASV. At the RoboPI lab, Mehron will work on a TI project focusing on developing intelligent remote sensing platforms for long-term monitoring applications.
Jiayi Wu graduated with M.Sc. (Thesis) degree from the dept of ECE, University of Florida. He was one of the inception members of the RoboPI lab. His M.Sc. Thesis was on low-cost 3D reconstruction and depth estimation in scattering medium. He was involved in several projects, co-authoring multiple papers. He authored the SDU-SfM paper in the IEEE CAI 2023 (oral), and co-authored the UDepth paper in ICRA 2023. From Fall 2023, he will start his Ph.D. studies at the dept of Computer Science, University of Maryland, College Park.
Steven Phang graduated with B.Sc. degree with Computer Engineering (CE) major from the dept of ECE, University of Florida. He worked in his B.Sc. honors thesis at the RoboPI lab on the topic "Skymap: Point Cloud Reconstruction from Monoscopic Aerial Photography" (same team as Veronica Soden). Post graduation, he will join Apple Inc. as a Software Engineer in the Wireless Tech and Ecosystems organization.
Veronica Soden graduated with B.Sc. degree with Computer Engineering (CE) major from the dept of ECE, University of Florida. She worked in her B.Sc. honors thesis at the RoboPI lab on the topic "Skymap: Point Cloud Reconstruction from Monoscopic Aerial Photography" (same team as Steven Phang). She will start her career as a Software Engineer in Amazon Robotics.
Ailani Gisel Morales graduated with B.Sc. degree with Electrical Engineering (EE) major from the dept of ECE, University of Florida. She worked in the RoboPI lab in 2022-2023. She was involved in the underwater cave exploration and mapping project, and co-authored the CL-ViT paper.
Marquez Jones graduated with M.Sc. degree with Computer Engineering (CE) major from the dept of ECE, University of Florida. He worked in the RoboPI lab in Fall 2022 semester. He is now working as an Embedded Software Engineer at Qualcomm Inc.