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


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


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.

Personal Website


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

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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



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


Peter Gavrilov

M.S. in Mechanical Engineering

B.S. in Aerospace Engineering

Interests: Robot systems, space robotics, novel robot locomotion

Project: ARCSnake


Entong Su

M.Sc. Student

Interests: Surgical robotic, Perception

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


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


Saikiran Komatineni

M.S Electrical Engineering with focus in Intelligent Systems and Robotics

B.S Electrical Engineering

Interests: Machine Learning, Robot Learning, Motion Planning, Applications of AI to consumer Robots

Project: Dynamic Proxy Collision Checking



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

Julie Yu, 4th Year MAE, UCSD

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


 Former Ph.D Student

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Nikhil Das

Graduated in 2020

Current Position: Machine Learning Scientist at Lytx


Ahmed Qureshi

Graduated in 2021

Current Position: Assistant Professor at Purdue University

 Former Postdoc

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

 Former MS Student

Taylor Henderson, MS 2020, ECE, Currently at Northrop Grumman

Brian Wilcox, MS 2020, ECE, Currently at iRobot

Soumyaraj Bose, MS 2020, CSME, Currently at Italic

Hanpeng Jiang, MS 2020, ECE, Currently at Qualcomm

Guosong Li, MS 2020, ECE

Renjie Zhu, MS 2020, ECE, Currently at Amazon

Harleen Singh, MS 2021, ECE, Currently at OncoSec

Linjun Li, MS 2021, ECE, Currently at TuSimple

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

Zihan Li, MS 2021, ECE

Jingbin Huang, MS, ECE, Currently MS at UCSD

 Former BS Student

Naman Gupta, BS 2017, Currently at J&J / Auris Surgical Robotics

Zixuan Lan, BS 2018, MAE, Currently at Volansi

Winnie Kuang, BS 2018, Currently at NASA Ames Research Laboratories

Yifei Zhang, BS 2018, CS, Currently at Google

Anthony Simeonov, BS 2019, MAE, Currently PhD at MIT

Mrinal Verghese, BS 2020, Mathematics, Currently PhD at CMU

Yinglong Miao, MS 2020, CS, Currently PhD at Rutgers University

Lucas Jonasch, BS 2021, MAE

Kelvin Shen, BS 2021, ECE, Currently MS at CMU