Karthik Ramani is the Donald W. Feddersen Professor of School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University, with courtesy appointments in Electrical and Computer Engineering and College of Education. He earned his B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, in 1985, an MS from Ohio State University, in 1987, and a Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1991, all in Mechanical Engineering. He has received many awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and other organizations. He has served in the editorial board of Elsevier Journal of Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design (JMD). In 2008 he was a visiting Professor at Stanford University (computer sciences), research fellow at PARC (formerly Xerox PARC). In 2016 summer he was visiting professor Oxford University Institute of Mathematical Sciences. He also serves on the Engineering Advisory sub-committee for SBIR/STTR for the NSF. In 2006 and 2007, he won the Most Cited Journal Paper award from CAD and the Research Excellence award in the College of Engineering at Purdue University. In 2009, he won the Outstanding Commercialization award from Purdue University. He was the co-founder of the world’s first commercial shape-based parts search engine (VizSeek) and more recently co-founded ZeroUI whose product (Ziro) won the Best of Consumer Electronics Show Finalist (CES 2016). His research interests are in the internet-of-things, augmented reality, modular and flexible robotic platforms, and human-machine interactions. His current projects include computer vision for object detection and grasp planning, modular robotic platform design, shape recognition using geometric deep learning, and physical reality simulation platform. His current research emphasis is to develop a Physical-Simulation Platform that will allow one to realistically simulate interactions between workers, robots, and machines in future workplaces such as factories and warehouses.
Min Liu is an assistant professor working in the department of Mechanical Engineering at Tsinghua University. Currently, she is also a visiting assistant professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue, working with Prof. Ramani. She received her Ph.D. in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University in 2008. She earned her MS in manufacturing and automation from Tsinghua University in 2001 and a BS in Mechatronics from Central South University of China in 1998. Her current research interests are in geometric processing of 3D shapes for manufacturing applications, pattern recognition and feature analysis in 2D/3D images.
As a senior Ph.D. student and a researcher in the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) area, I specialize in designing interactive systems that provide novel Augmented Reality (AR) user experience for smartthing applications, such as Machines, Robots, and IoTs. [personal site]
Sangpil Kim is a Ph.D. student in the School of Computer Engineering at Purdue University. He is working on the deep learning algorithm and virtual reality. To be more specific, he develops the generative model, video segmentation, and hand pose estimation with a depth sensor. Currently, he is working on combining virtual reality and deep learning algorithm.
Tianyi Wang is a Ph.D. student in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University. Before joining the C Design Lab, Tianyi received his bachelor's degree from the Department of Precision Instrument in Tsinghua University, Beijing in 2016. Tianyi's current research interests focus on utilizing the technology of robotics, augmented reality as well as deep learning in the area of Human-Computer Interaction.
Terrell Glenn is a Ph.D student in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University as a National GEM Consortium Fellow. Prior to joining the C Design Lab, Terrell received a B.S. in Physics from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia (2016). While at Morehouse, he has conducted research in swarm robotics as part of a Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) in accordance with NASA, and worked as a Platform Analysis Intern at Intel Corporation. His current research interests include robotics and robotic systems, product design, and implementing the aforementioned topics into childhood education. More information about Terrell can be found on his website at TerrellGlenn.com.
Luis is a Master student in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University, since spring 2015. He completed his undergraduate studies in Electric and Control Engineering at Escuela Politecnica Nacional from Ecuador. He also made an internship at Computer Science, Purdue University (2013). He joined the C Design Lab this summer 2015, and his research interests focus in mechanical design, product development, tangible and wearable devices, prototyping, robotic systems, 3D printing, customizable products, computer aided design, control of electromechanical systems, and mixing art with engineering.
Ana Villanueva is a first year DPhD student in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue. She obtained her bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas in Mechanical Engineering (2016). Her research interests involve the biomechanics behind human-computer interactions, data visualization and data analysis. Other research interests include the biomechanics of the human spine, the mechanical behavior of self-healing polymers and the design of walking aids for elderly patients. In her free time, Ana enjoys traveling with her friends, learning new languages, watching Dr. House and visiting her home country, Peru. She is a member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and a member of Pi Tau Sigma, the International Mechanical Engineering Honor Society.
Subramanian Chidambaram is a Ph.D student in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University. Prior to joining the C Design lab, he obtained his Master’s from the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics also from Purdue and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical engineering from Vellore Institute of Technology, India. His current research interest involves exploring Human-Computer Interactions and Digital interface development for Augmented Reality (AR), embedding Artificial Intelligence (AI) in AR interface development, Skill transfer through AR, tangible interfaces and geometric modeling. In the past, he has also conducted research on developing tools that guide novices to design analyze and fabricate functional load-bearing structures.
Pawan is a graduate student at the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University. He started the graduate school, joined the lab in the Fall of 2017 with a focus in product design of electromechanical systems, mechatronics, and robotics.
Prior to joining the C-Design lab, Pawan received B.E. in mechanical engineering from Visvesvaraya Technological University, India (2015). Further, he worked at Asteria Aerospace, Bangalore for two years as a Product Development Engineer where he architected product solutions for unmanned aerial systems. He has extensive hands-on experience in developing ideas from concept to reality drawing expertise from mechanical design, systems engineering, prototyping, manufacturing, and materials.
His current work delves into development of Internet of Robotic Things (IoRT) platforms for authoring mobile robot workflows. Other areas of his interest include - Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Robotics, Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS), Human Centric Design, Product Design of Electromechanical Systems, Constraint-Driven Innovations, and Prototyping.
Xun Qian is a Ph.D. student in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University since Fall 2018. Before joining the C Design Lab, he received his Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering at Cornell University, and Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering at University of Science and Technology Beijing. His current research interests include Collaborative Robotics, Augmented Reality and Product Design in Human-Computer-Interaction area.
Ananya Ipsita is a Master's student in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University since Fall 2018. She received her Bachelor's degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, India. Prior to joining Purdue, she worked as a software engineer in SAP Labs, India where she designed and developed analytical business solutions. Her research interest includes computer vision, robotic systems, Augmented Reality (AR) and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI).
Zhengzhe Zhu is a first year PhD student in the school of ECE at Purdue University. His current work focuses on Cloud-based Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). Currently, he is working on an online multi-client collaboration platform for the intelligent tutoring system.
Fengming He is a Ph.D. student in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University. She received her B.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2017 from Wuhan University, China. Her research interest includes computer vision, machine learning and its application to Augmented Reality (AR) and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI).
Hank Huang is a Master student in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University. Before he joined the C design lab, he received his B.S. degree from the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University in 2018. His Research Interests include: Embedding computer vision and AI with Human-Computer Interaction(HCI), exploring Augmented-Reality (AR) systems for skill transfer.
Hyung-gun Chi is a Master’s student in Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University. Before he joining the C-Design Lab, He received his B.S degree from the school of Mechanical Engineering at Yonsei University, South Korea in 2017. Also, He worked as a developer in the NeilLab which he founded. His research interests lie at the intersection of computer vision, and robotics.