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Our Team

Paul Oh

Team Director

Paul Oh is the founder of the Drones and Autonomous Systems Laboratory (DASL) at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is also the Lincy Professor of Unmanned Aerial Systems for the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering. Oh has served as the director for robotics at the National Science Foundation (NSF) managing portfolios regarding research. Moreover, Oh has worked for Boeing, Naval Research Lab, and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Oh has also led the team which placed 8th of the robotics team in the 2015 DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) Finals.

Youngbum Jun

Robotics Advisor

Youngbum Jun is the Executive Managing Director of Rainbow Robotics USA and a researcher advisor at the Drones and Autonomous Systems Lab (DASL). Dr. Jun previously served as a lead researcher on the DRC-HUBO@UNLV team in the 2015 DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) Finals. Dr. Jun received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University in 2014 under Dr. Paul Oh. He has 11 years of experience working with humanoid robots, particularly the platform that is being used in the competition, DRC-HUBO. Dr. Jun is currently overseeing the development of service robot applications for the RB5 robot from Rainbow Robotics, and advises DASL with humanoid robot research.

Dylan Wallace

Team Leader, Head of Integration

Dylan is a 5th year undergraduate in Electrical Engineering at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). Dylan is also an undergraduate researcher at the Drones and Autonomous Systems Lab (DASL) at UNLV where he has over 4 years of experience working on computer vision, humanoid robotics, communications, and machine learning research. Dylan worked with researchers from UNLV and the University of Tokyo to research the effects of latency delay on extreme-distance communications and robot control, as part of a project utilizing humanoid robots in space. In 2017, Dylan worked for KAIST Hubo Lab where he developed a novel algorithm for real-time footstep planning for a humanoid robot using dynamically segmented footstep planes. Dylan has also developed a low-cost, low-latency computer vision framework which can efficiently operate on a network, and is targeted toward K-12 educators and students. In 2018, Dylan worked for the Naval Research Lab (NRL) where he worked to integrate the walking algorithm of a humanoid robot into cloud-computing, and researched the effects of latency delays on robot control.Dylan is currently working for an indoor agriculture company to develop robotic solutions for harvesting, in addition to his work as a researcher at DASL.

Leonardo Georgescu

Head of Haptics

Leonardo Georgescu is an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering with a concentration in aerial robotics at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Throughout his studies, Leonardo has gained knowledge of force sensing, controls, dynamics, flight controllers, product design, among many other topics related to robotics. His work at the Drones and Autonomous Systems Lab (DASL) consists of the design, production, and supply chain for the development of drones. Moreover, he has experience in flying drones, both fixed-wings, and quadcopters manually and autonomously using a wide variety of flight controllers. Before joining Virtual Vegas, Leonardo was an international researcher at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) researching different methods for indoor positioning of multiple drones and learning more about the detect-and-avoid technology (DAA) in remote piloted aircraft systems. Furthermore, he also held an internship at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), where he was tasked with improving the robustness of the Axel Rover for the upcoming field tests. Leonardo is familiar with CAD modeling, primarily designing and manufacturing using sheet metal. Moreover, he has skills such as basic welding, CNC operations, woodworking, laser cutting, and designing electrical systems. In his free time, Leonardo enjoys plane spotting or flying on Flight Simulator X.

Yu Hang He

Head of Robotics

Yu Hang is a 4th year undergraduate in mechanical engineering at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is also a member of Drones and Autonomous System Laboratory (DASL) where he has experiences working with humanoid robotics, manipulators, motion capture system, robotic gripper, computer vision, and system integration research. During his first year at DASL, Yu Hang was tasked with making Darwin-OP, a miniature humanoid robot, run. He was able to improve the locomotion gaits and running algorithm through research. Through a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant entitled International Research Experiences for Students (IRES), Yu Hang spent 3 summer months in Korea working with Humanoid Robotics (Hubo) Lab at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). Hubo Lab is a world-renowned laboratory and the winner of 2015 DARPA Robotic Challenge. There, Yu Hang demonstrated humanoid upper-body limb control with a motion capture system. Returning to DASL, Yu Hang participated in various research projects, such as humanoid robotic locomotion, exoskeleton, and robotic gripper design. More recently, Yu Hang was contracted by Tesla to research system integration for Boston Dynamic’s Spot robot in Tesla’s Gigafactory.

Giho Jang

Research Advisor

Dr. Giho Jang is the Chief of Research and Development at Rainbow Robotics USA and a robotic research advisor for the Drones and Autonomous Systems Lab (DASL). Dr. Jang previously served as a lead researcher on the DRC-HUBO@UNLV team in the 2015 DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) Finals. Dr. Jang received his Ph.D. in Electronic, Electrical, Control, and Instrumentation Engineering from Hanyang University in 2015 under Dr. Youngjin Choi. He has 12 years of experience working with humanoid robots, and specializes in designing communication structures and graphical interfaces for robot control. Dr. Jang also had experience during his Ph.D. with using EEG & EMG signals to control a robotic wheelchair. Dr. Jang is currently overseeing the research and development of service robot applications for the RB5 robot from Rainbow Robotics, and advises DASL with robotics research.

Hyunhee Lee

Design Advisor

Hyunhee Lee is the Head of Engineering at Rainbow Robotics USA and a robotic research advisor for the Drones and Autonomous Systems Lab (DASL). Hyunhee previously completed a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from UNLV in 2018, and worked as a Graduate Research Assistant with the DASL from 2016-2018. While at DASL he gained experience working with the DRC-Hubo platform, developing novel walking algorithms for life-and-carry of dynamic objects. Hyunhee is currently overseeing the engineering of service robot applications for the RB5 robot from Rainbow Robotics, and advises DASL with robotics research.

Blake Hament

Perception Czar

Blake Hament is a Ph.D. Candidate in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and Graduate Research Assistant with the Drones and Autonomous Systems Lab (DASL). Blake Hament is a 2018 US DoT University Transportation Center Student of the Year for his work with unmanned aerial systems for Inspecting and Preserving Infrastructure with Robotic Exploration (INSPIRE). He earned a BS in Physics from Duke University while conducting high energy particle physics research at the Large Hadron Collider. In Las Vegas, Blake founded middle and high school robotics teams and coached them to consecutive 1st and 2nd place finishes in the Skybot competition. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at UNLV while developing robotics curriculum and instructional training for Las Vegas youth and teachers through partnerships with the LVCCLD Best Buy Teen Tech Center and UNLV outreach programs like Upward Bound. Blake continues research and publication as a member of the UNLV Drones and Autonomous Systems Lab. His current research interests include control theory, unmanned aerial systems, LiDAR for robotic perception, computer vision, machine learning, and assistive intelligence.

Dongbin Kim

Control Czar

Dongbin Kim is a Ph.D. Candidate in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and Graduate Research Assistant with the Drones and Autonomous Systems Lab (DASL). Dongbin also serves as Lab Manager for DASL, and previously served as a WEST Engineering Intern with DASL in 2016. Dongbin’s current research interests include unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), haptic control, robotic manipulation, and robotic control. His past work includes developing methods for mobile manipulation of an unmanned aerial vehicle (MM-UAV), control of UAVs through haptic manipulators, and automated skywriting using a fixed-wing UAV.

Jean Chagas Vaz

Locomotion Czar

Jean Chagas Vaz is a Ph.D. Candidate in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and Graduate Research Assistant with the Drones and Autonomous Systems Lab (DASL). Jean previously served as a team member for team DRC-HUBO@UNLV in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) Finals in 2015. Jean’s current research interests include humanoid robot locomotion, humanoid robot manipulation, nuclear hardening of robotic devices, vibration analysis & control. His past work includes creating a unique transformation framework for the miniature humanoid robot ROBOTIS-OP, lift-and-carry of dynamic objects for humanoid robots, and developing unique methods of control for humanoid robots in disaster relief and recovery scenarios.

Jadin Tredup

BCI Czar

Jadin Tredup is a Howe Research Fellow and Ph.D. Student in Electrical Engineering at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). Jadin recently received his M.S. in Electrical Engineering at UNLV, with a thesis focused toward using Brain Computer Interfaces (BCI) in order to create a “language” for nonverbal individuals through machine learning and artificial intelligence. He will be continuing this work into his Ph.D., where he also focuses on the applications of BCI devices towards robot control. Jadin has previously worked as a Graduate Research Assistant with the Drones and Autonomous Systems Lab (DASL) focusing on drones and 3D printing.

Jason Kreitz

Manipulation Czar

Jason Kreitz is a 2nd year undergraduate student in Computer Science at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and an undergraduate researcher with the Drones and Autonomous Systems Lab (DASL). Jason previously obtained a B.A. in Economics at UNLV in 2017 and worked as a Revenue Management Analyst for Caesars Entertainment. He also received an IRES Fellowship to work at the KAIST HUBO Lab in South Korea in 2019, where he developed methods of control for the RB5 robot arm. Jason’s current research interests include robotic manipulation, computer vision, communications. His past work includes developing robotic control frameworks for the RB5 and utilizing novel methods in computer vision for 3D scene reconstruction.

Fausto Vega

Navigation Czar

Fausto Vega is a 3rd year undergraduate student in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and an undergraduate researcher with the Drones and Autonomous Systems Lab (DASL). Fausto previously worked as a research intern at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) through the REU program, where he developed methods for robotic navigation and people tracking/following. Fausto’s current research interests include robotic navigation, humanoid robotics, and computer vision. His past work includes competing in the GeekPwn Robot Agent Challenge and developing methods for service robot navigation.

Akshay Dave

AR/VR Czar

Akshay Dave is a 3rd year undergraduate student in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and an undergraduate researcher with the Drones and Autonomous Systems Lab (DASL). Akshay previously received an IRES Fellowship to work at the KAIST HUBO Lab in South Korea in 2019, where he developed methods of control for the RB5 robot arm. Akshay’s current research interests include AR/VR applications, dynamic projection mapping, and computer vision. Akshay’s past work includes developing a framework for dynamic projection mapping of tracked markers, VR control of a humanoid robot, and teleoperation of miniature humanoid robots.

Santiago Ricoy

Manufacturing Czar

Santiago Ricoy is a 6th year undergraduate student in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and an undergraduate researcher with the Drones and Autonomous Systems Lab (DASL). Santiago previously served as a team member for team DRC-HUBO@UNLV in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) Finals in 2015. Santiago has experience and training with many different forms of manufacturing including: CNC machining, 3D printing, laser cutting, woodworking, and screenprinting.

Joowon Lee

Marketing Czar

Joowon Lee is a Mechanical Engineering student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), undergraduate researcher at Drones and Autonomous Systems Lab (DASL), and Field Application Engineer at Rainbow Robotics USA. Joowon has worked with Rainbow Robotics since 2018, designing and manufacturing parts and equipment for their collaborative robot RB5 and media service robot JAY. Joowon’s current field of interest is optimizing RB5 application systems and redesigning current products to meet consumer demands. His past work includes creating mechanical simulations of Isogawa Power function, VR consumer market research for Facebook, and developing business plans for South Korean consulting company B612 Ltd.