Current Members


Professor Michael Yip

Director, Advanced Robotics and Controls Lab

Ph.D. Bioengineering, Stanford University, USA
M.Sc. Electrical Engineering, University of British Columbia, Canada
B.Sc. Mechatronics Engineering, University of Waterloo, Canada


Interests: Surgical Robots, Autonomy, Robotic Control and Motion Planning, Machine Learning, Convex Optimization, Mechatronics Design, Image-guidance and Augmented Reality, Haptics, Smart Actuators.

Email: | Office: 858.822.4778 | Personal Website |  Google Scholar


Fei Liu

Postdoctoral Scholar

Ph.D. Automation, INSA de Lyon, Lyon, France.

M.Sc. Automation, INSA de Lyon, Lyon, France.

B.Sc. Automation, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi'an, China.

Interests: Surgical Automation, Mathematical Modeling and Robotic Control, Haptic Teleoperation

Projects: Autonomy of Surgical Robots


Ahmed Qureshi

Ph.D. Student

M.S. Engineering, Osaka University, Osaka, Japan.

B.S Electrical Engineering, National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Islamabad, Pakistan.

Interests: Motion Planning, Machine Learning, Surgical Robotics, and Human-Robot Interaction.

Project: Automation in surgery.

Google Scholar |  Personal Website


Florian Richter

Ph.D. Student

B.Sc. Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

Interests: Task Automation, Teleoperaion, Perception

Project: Reinforcement learning for surgical task automation and teleoperated surgery under delay

Google Scholar  |  Personal Website


Dimitri Schreiber

Ph.D. Student

B.Sc. Electrical Engineering, University of California, San Diego, USA


Interests: Climbing, Surfing, Diving, and Pottery.

Project: Developing MRI compatible robotics for surgery as well as algorithms for controlling them.

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Jacob Johnson

Ph.D. Student

B. Tech in Electronics and Communication Engineering with Minor in Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Guwahati 


Interests: Machine learning, generative models, reinforcement learning, imitation learning.

Project: Data efficient reinforcement learning


Nikhil Uday Shinde

Ph.D. Student

B.S. Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley, USA


Interests: Machine Learning, Task Automation, Reinforcement Learning, Surgical Robotics

Project: Autonomous Robotic Surgery


Yuheng Zhi

Ph.D. Student

B.S. in Computer Science

Interests: Machine Learning, Motion Planning, Computer Vision

Project: Learning-based Proxy Collision Checking



Jingpei Lu

Ph.D. Student


Interests: Computer Vision and Robotics

Project: Pose Estimation for Robot Manipulator, Surgical Perception Framework



Zih-Yun Chiu

Ph.D. Student

B.S. in Electrical Engineering, National Taiwan University

Interests: Reinforcement learning for robot control

Project: Surgical task automation by reinforcement learning


Jiangeng Dong

M.Sc. Student

B.S. of Automation, Zhejiang University, China

Interests: Motion Planning, Reinforcement Learning

Project: Motion Planning under Constraints



Soumyaraj Bose

M.Sc. Student

Bachelor's in Chemical Engineering from BITS Pilani Goa

Interests: Mathematical Modelling, Simulations for robotics, Reinforcement Learning

Project: Building environments for training a dynamic model of the da Vinci surgical robot



Mingwei Xu

M.Sc. Student

B.E. Mechanical Engineering


Interests: Robotics, Perception, Design

Project: Optimal da Vinci Arm Positioning for Minimal Self and Environment Collisions


Renjie Zhu

M.Sc. Student

BS Physics, UC Santa Barbara

Interests:  tennis, card game

Project: CRANE


Hanpeng Jiang

M.Sc. Student

B.S.  Electrical Engineering, Stony Brook University, New York, USA

Interests:  Circuits, Systems, and Control

Project: MRI Compatible Robot Control Electronics, Artificial Muscle Actuator Drivers

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Venkatesh Prasad 

M.Sc. Student

Bachelor of Technology in Instrumentation and Control Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirapalli, India

Interests: Motion Planning, Deep Learning

Project: Motion Planning using Deep Learning for Aerial Robots


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Mingen Li

M.Sc. Student

B.Eng. Electronic Information Engineering, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen

Interests: Surgical robotic, imitation learning

Project: Real-to-sim Control and Learning for Automation in Surgical Manipulation


Zhaowei Yu

M.Sc. Student

B.S. in ECE comm system, UCSD


Interests: military/medical application of robotics



Harleen Singh

M.Sc. Student

BS Nanoengineering / BA International Business

Interests: Surgical Robots, Continuum Robotics, State Estimation and Controls, Anatomical Modeling

Project: Rhino Embryo Transfer Continuum Robot


Linjun Li

Research Student

M.S. Electrical Engineering, University of California, San Diego, USA

B.S. Automation, Harbin Institute of Technology, China

Interests: Motion Planning, Machine Learning, and Computer Vision

Project:Learning-based Motion Planning, Kinodynamic Motion Planning



Ryan Orosco, MD, FACS

Assistant Professor of Surgery, Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery 

Affiliate Professor Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering 

Robotic Minimally Invasive Surgery Specialization

Interests: Robotic surgery. Flexible robotics. Semi-autonomous robotic surgery. Tissue modeling. Remote telesurgery.  Using surgical robotics in new and creative ways. Translating engineering lab solutions to clinical robotic surgery 

Projects: Semi-Autonomous Surgery. Telerobotic surgery. Tissue modeling. 
Email: | Twitter: @DrOrosco  | Personal Website |  Google Scholar 


Phil Weissbrod, MD

Director, UCSD Center for Voice and Swallowing

Associate Professor, Department of Surgery

Interests: Robotic surgery, Robotic Endoscopy

Project: Flexible Robot Endoscopy 
Email: | Personal Website 


Emily K. Funk, MD

Clinical & translational collaborator, Advanced Robotics and Controls Lab

Resident Physician, Department of Surgery 

Interests: Innovative design and applications to head and neck surgery, robotic surgery, flexible robotics

Project: Semi-Autonomous Surgery, Flexible Robot Endoscopy 
Email: | Personal Website 

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Alexander Norbash, MD

Chair and Professor of Radiology

Clinical Interventional Neuroradiologist

UC San Diego, CA, USA.

Project: MRI Guided Robot 
Email: | Personal Website 

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Rebecca Theilmann, PhD

Director of MRI, Radiology Imaging Laboratory

Assistant Professor, Radiology

Project: MRI Guided Robot 
Email: Personal Website 

Undergraduate Students


Anastasiia Makhniaieva, 4th Year ECE, UCSD

Peter Gavrilov, 4th Year MAE, UCSD

Julie Yu, 4th Year MAE, UCSD

Mrinal Verghese, 4th Year Math, UCSD​

Jonathan Zamora, 3rd Year CSE, UCSD

Yuqing Shen, 3rd Year ECE, UCSD

Angela Liu, 3rd Year ECE, UCSD

Shunkai Yu, 3rd Year ECE, UCSD

Kyle Hu, 3rd Year ECE, UCSD

Sicong Duan, 3rd Year ECE, UCSD

Hoi Man Lam, 3rd Year MAE, UCSD

Lucas Jonasch, 3rd Year MAE, UCSD

Peter Gavrilov, 3rd Year MAE, UCSD

Casey Price, 2nd Year CSE, UCSD

Siqiao Ruan, 2nd Year CSE, UCSD

Kelvin Shen, 2nd Year ECE, UCSD

Neelay Joglekar, 1st Year ECE, UCSD