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Current Students

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Mark Petersen
Degree: PhD Electrical and Computer Engineering
Email: pet09034@byu.edu

Mark Petersen is currently part of the Robust Tracking team. His research focuses on multiple target following using a monocular camera to identify targets of interest.
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Jacob Willis
Degree: MS Electrical and Computer Engineering
Email: jbwillis272@gmail.com

Jacob Willis is working on a Masters in Electrical Engineering under Dr. Randy Beard. His research focuses on trajectory generation and control for winged eVTOL UAVs. He's generally interested in developing planning and control methodologies that allow full use of the dynamics underlying robotic systems.
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Brendon Forsgren
Degree: PhD Mechanical Engineering
Email: bforsgren29@gmail.com

Brendon's research is in GPS-Denied Navigation. He has done work in pose graph optimization/SLAM and his current research interests are in cooperative path planning for observable navigation in sparse feature environments.
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Seth Nielsen
Degree: MS Electrical and Computer Engineering
Email: sethmnielsen@gmail.com

Seth's research involves navigation and perception in unstructured environments, with a focus on autonomous landing of multirotors and eVTOL aircraft. He also has experience building photorealistic software-in-the-loop simulations for UAVs.
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Hayden Morgan
Degree: MS Electrical and Computer Engineering
Email: haydenmmorgan@gmail.com

Hayden Morgan is a member of the Robust Tracking team focused on Multiple Target Tracking (MTT) from Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). His research particularly involves visually feasible path planning and control of fixed-wing UAS with particular interest in detecting and tracking small, slow-moving ground targets.
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David Christensen
Degree: MS Mechanical Engineering
Email: davidc@linuxpopper.org

Quadrotor guidance and control in GPS degraded environments
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Matthew Rydalch
Degree: MS Electrical and Computer Engineering
Email: matthewk.rydalch@gmail.com

Conducting research in high precision boat landing with RTK GPS. My research is in collaboration with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. My work largely involves control and estimation, flight tests, and RTK GPS.
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Tanner Norton
Degree: MS Computer Science
Email: tannort5@byu.edu

Tanner is working on multi-agent sensing of a wind-field using Extended-Kalman Filters along with Gaussian Process Regression. The project also includes multi-agent coordinated path planning with dynamic obstacles. Path planning algorithms include RRT and Artificial Potential Fields. Tanner is interested in any type of autonomous agent control, swarms, and deep learning.

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Brady Anderson
Degree: PhD Mechanical Engineering
Email: b.anderson@byu.edu

Brady's research is monitoring and accurately tracking aircraft with radar for unmanned traffic management. He has previously researched cooperative lift of heavy payloads by multirotors, and using smart foam as a sensor in football pads. He enjoys playing soccer, backpacking, and almost anything DIY.

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Michael Williamson
Degree: BS Mechanical Engineering
Email: michael.antiproton@protonmail.com

Developing a trajectory following program for implementation in the motion capture room as a lab demo.

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Thane Downing
Degree: PhD Electrical and Computer Engineering
Email: downing2@byu.edu

Thane's research centers on computer vision applications in autonomous aircraft navigation, obstacle avoidance, and target tracking. His main focus is scene representation and path planning for autonomous landing operations.
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