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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

Google Scholar  |  Personal Website


Shan Lin

Postdoctoral Scholar

Ph.D. Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, USA

M.Sc. Electrical Engineering, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, USA

B.E. Electronic and Information Engineering, Xiamen University, Xiamen, China


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

Google Scholar | Personal Website


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, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

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

Google Scholar | Personal Website


Elizabeth Peiros

Ph.D. Student

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University

M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University

Interests: Dynamics, Medical Robotics, Controls and Wearables

Project: ARCSnake, Rhino Cath, CAGE


Xiao Liang

Incoming Ph.D. Student

B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington


Interests: Machine Learning,  Medical Image Analysis, Physics Simulation


Hoi Man Lam  (Kevin)

M.Sc. Student

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, UCSD

Interests: Mechanical Design, Systems Engineering, Surgical Robotics, Mobile Robots

Project: ARCSnake, MRI-Compatible Robotics


Albert Liao

M.Sc. Student

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

Interests: Skateboarding, Swimming, Computer Vision and Robotics

Project: Suture Needle detection and tracking



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 

Jun Zhang, Postdoc 2016-2018 --> Assistant Professor at University of Nevada, Reno

Undergraduate Students

Bjorn Johnson, 4th Year CSE, UCSD

Yizhi Yuan, 4th Year CSE, UCSD

Yutong Zhang, 4th Year CSE, UCSD

Jonathan Zamora, 4th 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

Uday Kalra, 3rd Year CSE, UCSD

Casey Price, 2nd Year CSE, UCSD

Siqiao Ruan, 2nd Year CSE, UCSD

Neelay Joglekar, 2nd Year ECE, UCSD

Patrick Yeh, 2nd Year CSE, UCSD


Visiting Professors

Professor Amir Deghani, 2018 --> Technion University, Isreal

 Former Postdocs

Jun Zhang, Postdoc 2016-2018 --> Assistant Professor at University of Nevada, Reno

 Former Ph.D Students

Dimitri Schreiber, Ph.D., 2022 --> Founder, Stealth Startup

Florian Richter, Ph.D. 2022 --> Founder, Stealth Startup

Ahmed Qureshi, Ph.D., 2021 --> Assistant Professor, Purdue University

Nikhil Das, Ph.D., 2020 --> Machine Learning Scientist, Lytx

 Former MS Students

Andrew Saad, MS 2018, ECE --> Qualcomm Robotics

Taylor Henderson, MS 2020, ECE --> at Northrop Grumman

Brian Wilcox, MS 2020, ECE --> iRobot

Soumyaraj Bose, MS 2020, CSME --> Italic

Hanpeng Jiang, MS 2020, ECE --> Qualcomm

Guosong Li, MS 2020, ECE

Renjie Zhu, MS 2020, ECE --> Amazon

Harleen Singh, MS 2021, ECE --> OncoSec

Linjun Li, MS 2021, ECE, --> TuSimple

Yunhai Han, MS 2021, MAE --> PhD at Georgia Institute of Technology

Zhaowei Liu, MS 2022, ECE

Peter Gavrilov, MS 2022, MAE --> NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

 Former BS Students

Naman Gupta, BS 2017 --> J&J / Auris Surgical Robotics

Zixuan Lan, BS 2018, MAE --> MS Stanford Univeresity
Winnie Kuang, BS 2018 --> NASA Ames Research Laboratories

Yifei Zhang, BS 2018, CS --> Google Daydream

Anthony Simeonov, BS 2019, MAE --> PhD at MIT

Mrinal Verghese, BS 2020, Mathematics --> PhD at CMU

Yinglong Miao, MS 2020, CS --> PhD at Rutgers University

Julie Yu, BS 2020, MAE

Lucas Jonasch, BS 2021, MAE --> Tesla

Kelvin Shen, BS 2021, ECE --> MS at CMU

Fei Lin, BS 2022, ECE --> MS at CMU

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