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Dr. Julie A. Adams

Associate Director of Research
Collaborative Robotics and Intelligent Systems Institute

Professor, Computer Science
School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Engineering (courtesy)
School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

313 Graf Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331
Phone: 541 737-5537

Dr. Julie A. Adams is the Associate Director of Research in the Collaborative Robotics and Intelligent Systems Institute, Professor of Computer Science in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Professor (courtesy) of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering in the School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Oregon State University. She was the founder of the Human-Machine Teaming Laboratory at Vanderbilt University, prior to moving the laboratory to Oregon State. Dr. Adams has worked in the area of human-machine teaming for over twenty-five years. Throughout her career she has focused on human interaction with unmanned systems, but also focused on manned civilian and military aircraft at Honeywell, Inc. and commercial, consumer and industrial systems at the Eastman Kodak Company. Dr. Adams received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer and Information Sciences from the University of Pennsylvania and her B.S. in Computer Science and B.B.E. in Accounting from Siena College.

Dr. Adams’ research efforts have been featured in international news outlets, including National Geographic, Scientific American Podcast, Der Spiegel, and BBC on-line. Dr. Adams was the recipient of the NSF CAREER Award and was selected for the DARPA Computer Science Study Panel. She is a contributor to the National Academies report on Mainstreaming UUVs into the fleet for the CNO and to an Army BAST requested report on counter measures for UAVs. Dr. Adams is also the Oregon State University primary investigator to the FAA Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aerial Systems Research Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE).


Baskaran, Prakash

Robotics (Oregon State University)

Prakash Baskaran received the Bachelor of Technology degree in instrumentation and control engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Trichy, India, in 2017 and the Master of Science degree in robotics engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA, USA, in 2019. He is currently working toward a Ph.D. degree in robotics at Oregon State University. His research interests include human-robot interaction and adaptive human-machine teaming systems. His current research focuses on developing task identification algorithms using wearable sensors for detecting composite tasks performed by human-robot teams that operate in dynamic, unstructured environments. 

Bhagat-Smith, Josh

Robotics (Oregon State University)

Josh received his BS and MS in computer science from the University of Arkansas. Prior to pursuing a Ph.D., he worked as a software engineering building cloud infrastructure for self-driving car systems. Josh's research interests are human-robot interaction and multi-agents systems.

Brown, Robert

Robotics (Oregon State University)

Diehl, Grace 

Robotics (Oregon State University)

Giolando, Mark

Robotics (Oregon State University)

Leaf, Jennifer

Robotics (Oregon State University)

Pusalkar, Neha

Robotics (Oregon State University)

Prior to pursuing a Ph.D. in Robotics, Neha graduated with a Master's in Robotics from the University of Michigan and obtained a Bachelor's degree in Electronics Engineering from India. Previously, Neha has worked on trajectory prediction, task planning for object search, humanoid robots, and origami robots. Her current research focuses on developing decision support systems for autonomous robots.



Master’s Students

Schomer, Nathan

Robotics (Oregon State University)

Uriarte, Patrick

Robotics (Oregon State University)

VelaPure, Shivani 

Robotics (Oregon State University)

Undergraduate Students

Lucas, Robert

B.S. Student
Major: Electrical and Computer Engineering

Lucas is a veteran with experience in aircraft hydraulics. He is currently pursuing an Electrical and Computer Engineering degree with plans to become a roboticist. Lucas is excited to work with swarm and team-based robotics and hopes to contribute to their future functionalities. Currently, Lucas assists in the development of the HMT Lab swarm system's localization.

Feel free to contact Lucas if you are in the military and transitioning through "Skill Bridge".

Ruiz, Miguel

B. S. Student


Snyder, Thomas  
B.S. Student 
Major: Electrical and Computer Engineering 
Minor: Computer Science


Post-Doctoral Research Associate

  1. Musad Haque, September 2015 - February 2017. 
  2. Tao Zhang, September 2009 - August 2011. 

Doctoral Students Graduated - Oregon State University

  1. Karina Roundtree, Mechanical Engineering, Achieving Transparency in Human-Collective Systems, September 2020. Current Employment: University of Massachusetts, Lowell. 
  2. Gilberto Marcon dos Santos, Robotics, Coordination for Scalable Multiple Robot Planning Under Temporal Uncertainty, June 2020. Current Employment: Senior Robotics Engineer, Fetch Robotics.
  3. Gina Olson, Robotics & Mechanical Engineering, Structure and Actuation of Cephalopod-Inspired Soft Robots, June 2020. Current Employment: Doctoral Fellow, Carnegie Mellon University.

Doctoral Students Graduated - Vanderbilt University

  1. Jamison Heard, Electrical Engineering, An Adaptive Supervisory-Based Human-Robot Teaming Architecture, Vanderbilt University, August 2019, Current Employment: Rochester Institute of Technology.
  2. Jason Cody, Computer Science, Discrete Consensus Decisions in Human-Collective Teams, Vanderbilt University, May 2018. 
  3. Anton Dukeman, Computer Science, Hybrid Mission Planning with Coalition Formation, May 2017. Current Employment: Microsoft.
  4. Sean Hayes, Computer Science, Flexible and Efficient Interaction for Mobile Applications, May 2015. Current Employment: Assistant Professor, Charleston Southern University.
  5. Caroline Harriott, Computer Science, Assessing Workload and Reaction Time in Human-Robot Peer-based Teams, May 2015. Current Employment: Draper Laboratory.
  6. Sayan Dev Sen, Computer Science, An Intelligent and Unified Framework for Multiple Robot and Human.
  7. Coalition Formation, May 2015. Current Employment: Apple Research.
  8. Eli Hooten, Computer Science, National Defense Science and Engineering Fellowship Recipient, Information Context Support in Geocollaborative Interfaces, May 2014. Current Employment: Co-Founder and Chief Technical Officer, GameWisp.
  9. Travis Service, Computer Science. Coalition Structure Generation in Characteristic Function Games, May 2012. Current Employment: Software Engineer 3, Google.
  10. Sanford Freedman, Computer Science, Human-Inspired Forgetting for Robotic Systems, December 2010. Current Employment: Software Engineer, Charles River Analytics.
  11. Curtis Humphrey, Computer Science, Information Abstraction Visualization for Human-Robot Interaction, August 2009.  Current Employment: Computer Analyst I, Dynetics, Inc.
  12. Lovekesh Vig, Computer Science, Multi-Robot Coalition Formation, December 2006. Current Employment: Assistant Professor of Information Technology, Jawaharlal Nehru University. As of November 2009, Assistant Professor, Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology Delhi (IIIT-Delhi).
  13. Carlotta Johnson, Electrical Engineering, Co-Advised with Kazuhiko Kawamura, Enhancing a Human-Robot Interface using a Sensory Egosphere, May 2003. Current employment: Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

M.S. Students Graduated - Oregon State University

  1. David F. Greiner, Computer Science, Oregon State University(Exchange Student)/Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, December 2018.
  2. Ovunc Tuzel, Robotics, Oregon State University, June 2018.
  3. Chloë Fleming, Robotics, Oregon State University, June 2018.

M.S. Students Graduated - Vanderbilt University

  1. Electa Baker, Computer Science, NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship Recipient, Vanderbilt University, August 2017. 
  2. Douglas Kirkpatrick, Computer Science, Communication Models for Human-Swarm Interaction, Vanderbilt University, May 2015. Current employment: Ph.D. student, Michigan State University.
  3. Mark Bailey, Computer Science, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Path Planning and Image Processing for Orthoimagery and Digital Surface Model Generation, Vanderbilt University, Dec. 2012.
  4. Brian Okorn, Computer Science, Smuggling Tunnel Mapping Using Slide Image Registration, Vanderbilt University, May 2011. Current employment: Ph.D Student, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University.
  5. Andrew Bouchard, Mechanical Engineering, Design and Control of a Manipulator for Autonomous Joining of Featureless Panels, Vanderbilt University, May 2009. Current employment: Civilian Engineer, Naval Surface Warfare Center.
  6. Peter Grant, Computer Science, Grid Results Checking, Vanderbilt University, May 2006.
  7. Christopher Henk, Computer Science, Vanderbilt University, December 2006. Current employment: Technical Lead, Navico.
  8. Hande Kaymaz-Keskinpala, Electrical Engineering, PDA-Based Teleoperation Interface for a Mobile Robot, Vanderbilt University, December 2004. 
  9. Souyma Sengupta, Computer Science, Rochester Institute of Technology, Co-advised with James E. Heliotis, Utilizing Mobile Agents for Accessing Remote Services, 2003.
  10. John Mikucki, Computer Science, Rochester Institute of Technology, Net.Sense, 2002.
  11. Tung-Cheih Lee, Computer Science, Rochester Institute of Technology, Network Studio, 2001.
  12. Christopher Hahn, Printing Management and Sciences, Rochester Institute of Technology/Eastman Kodak Company, An Investigation of Non-Verbal Auditory Cues within Graphical User Interfaces, 1999.

Undergraduate - Oregon State University

  1. Victor Agostinelli III, Undergraduate Research Assistant, Swarm Hardware Development, Spring 2018 - Summer 2019.
  2. Julian Fortune, Undergraduate Research Assistant, Real-Time Objective Speech Workload Metrics, Winter 2018 - Summer 2020.
  3. Anita Ruangrostsakun, URSA Engage Student, Automatic Human Factors Data Collection and Analysis, Winter 2019 - Fall 2019.
  4. Zayed Shureih, Undergraduate Research Assistant, Multiple Robot Coalition Formation and Mission Planning, Winter 2019 - Summer 2019.
  5. Matthew Lohr, ECE Senior Capstone, Sensors for Swarm Robots Fall 2018 - Summer 2019.
  6. Tyler Prall, ECE Senior Capstone, Sensors for Swarm Robots, Fall 2018 - Summer 2019.
  7. Aeijan Bajracharya, STEM Leaders, Swarm Communication Models, Summer and Fall 2018.
  8. Teresita Guzman Nader, Robotics Research Experiences for Undergraduates, Summer 2018.

Undergraduate - Vanderbilt University

  1. Yifan Guo, Independent Study, Swarm Communication Models, Fall 2016 and Spring 2017. 
  2. Ammar Abdelwahed, Summer Undergraduate Research Assistant, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Design, Summer 2016.
  3. Andrew Hoofnagle, Summer Research Program Engineering Undergraduate Students, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Design, Summer 2016.
  4. Royce Mou, Course Research Project, Robot Visualization Algorithm, Fall 2015. 
  5. Alan Samanta, Independent Study, Impacts of fires on unmanned aerial vehicles, Fall 2015.
  6. Matthew Richardson, Computer Engineering, Undergraduate Student Researcher, July 2015-Present.
  7. Matthew Black, Computer Engineering, Summer Research Program for Engineering Undergraduate Students, Autonomous Blimp, Summer 2015.
  8. Christopher Ren 
    • Undergraduate Research Assistant, Evaluation of Swarm Communication Models, Summer 2015.
    • Independent Study, Human-Swarm Visualizations, Fall 2014, Spring 2015.
    • Summer Research Program for Engineering Undergraduate Students, Human-Swarm Interaction, Summer 2014.
  9. Leah Guest, Psychology, Undergraduate Research Assistant, Fall 2014.
  10. Daniel McClanahan, Summer Research Program for Engineering Undergraduate Students, Human-Swarm Interaction, Summer 2014.
  11. Douglas Kirkpatrick
    • Summer Research Program for Engineering Undergraduate Students, Human-Swarm interaction, Summer 2013.
    • Undergraduate Research Assistant, Human-Swarm Interaction, Fall 2013, Spring 2014.
  12. Blake Wulfe, Summer Research, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Mapping, Summer 2013.
  13. Fabian Okeke, Academic Research and Independent Study, Gamification on Mobile Devices, November 2012 - May 2013.
  14. Zhening (Jimmy) Liu, Undergraduate Research Assistant, Undo/Redo Task Interface, January 2012 - May 2012.
  15. Corey Wollaeger, Summer Research, Human-Robot Interaction, Summer 2011.
  16. Raffi Bedikian
    • Vanderbilt University Undergraduate Summer Research Program, Human-Robotic Interaction Environmental Mapping Visualization, Summer 2009.
    • Undergraduate Research Assistant, Human-Robotic Interaction System Development, Spring, Fall 2009.
  17. Ken Hartsook, Independent Study, Multiagent Planning in Real-Time, Spring 2009.
  18. Stephen Motter
    • Undergraduate Research Assistant, Human-Robotic Interaction User Evaluations, Spring, Fall 2009.
    • Undergraduate Research Assistant, Interactive, Web-based Cognitive Analysis Results, Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2010.
  19. Brian Okorn
    • Undergraduate Research Assistant, Robotic Architecture Integration and Controller Development, Fall 2008 - Spring 2009, Fall 2009.
    • Summer Research Program for Engineering Undergraduate Students, Single Human - Multiple Robot Interface for Military Applications, Summer 2008.
  20. Andrew Pitman, Summer Research Program for Engineering Undergraduate Students, A Picture-in-Picture Interface for a Multiple Robot System, Summer 2007.
  21. Roger Wu, Vanderbilt University Undergraduate Summer Research Program, Building Software Foundations for Human-Robotic Interaction, Summer 2007.
  22. Trieu Dang, Independent Study, Introduction to Artificial Intelligence Robotics, Fall 2006.
  23. Ari Wilson
    • Undergraduate Research Assistant, Robotic Cognitive Task Analysis, Fall 2005.
    • Summer Research Program for Engineering Undergraduate Students, Robotic Cognitive Task Analysis, Summer 2005.
  24. Izzet (John) Can Envarli
    • Independent Study, Human-Multiple Robot Interface User Evaluation, Fall 2004.
    • Vanderbilt University Undergraduate Summer Research Program, Human-Multiple Robot Interface Development, Summer 2004.
  25. Dalton Franklin, Independent Study, Human-Computer Interaction Development based upon Database Design, Spring 2004.
  26. Timothy Rapp, Independent Study, Comparison of A* and IDA* algorithms, Spring 2004.
  27. Lyle Chamberlain, California Institute of Technology/Cornell University Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, RoboFlag Competition.
  28. Japeck Tang, California Institute of Technology/Cornell University Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, RoboFlag Competition.
  29. Megha Watugala, California Institute of Technology/Cornell University Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, RoboFlag Competition.

Other Research Supervision

High School Students
  1. Abigail Rafter, High School Intern, Martin Luther King High School, School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt, Nashville, TN, January 2016 - December 2016.
  2. Vanessa Perez, High School Intern, Big Picture High School, Nashville, TN, September 2013 - May 2015.
  3. Ellen Beahm, Harpeth Hall High School, Nashville, TN.
    • Winterim, January 2013.
    • Research Assistant, February 2013 - May 2014.
  4. Hunter Allen, High School Research Assistant, Brentwood HS, Brentwood, TN High School, June 2011 - August 2014.
High School Teachers
  1. Mark Gonyea, Vanderbilt University Bioengineering Research Experiences for Teachers Program
    • Gamification on Mobile Devices, Summer 2012. 
    • Line Interpolation Algorithm Development, Summer 2010.
    • Effectively Co-located GIS Map Items, Summer 2009.
    • Virtual Camera, Summer 2008. 
  2. Kimberly Gold, Vanderbilt University Bioengineering Research Experiences for Teachers, Image Mosaicking, Summer 2007.