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Team Members

Peter
Dr. Peter Stone
Peter is the founder and team leader of the Austin Villa robot soccer teams. His interest in this challenging domain was sparked at the 1994 AAAI conference upon seeing a demonstration of the UBC Dynamite project. As a result, in 1994, as a Ph.D. candidate, he co-founded the robosoccer project at Carnegie Mellon University. Peter was also a founding member of the RoboCup executive committee, and is currently a member of the board of trustees of RoboCup. For him, the main appeal of the robot soccer domain is the endless source of challenging and relevant research problems that it presents.
Samuel
Samuel Barrett
Samuel is a fourth-year PhD student in Computer Sciences. He works on the locomotion, behaviors, and many other things involved in Robocup. He mainly works on the SPL team, but his walks have been successfully used by the Simulation league team.
Katie
Katie Genter
Katie is a third-year PhD student in Computer Sciences. She works on the SPL team, where her Robocup work has centered around kicking and behaviors.

Jake Menashe
Jake is a first-year PhD student in Computer Sciences. He works on the vision system for the SPL team.
Patrick
Patrick MacAlpine
Patrick is a third-year PhD student in Computer Sciences. He is the leader of the 3D Simulation league team.

Alumni

Cody
Cody Bann
Cody is a first-year Masters student in Computer Sciences. Cody's interests are centered around multi-agent intelligent robot systems, including machine learning, artificial neural networks, and distributed artificial intelligence. His strong interest is in diverse multi-agent systems, systems in which many different types of entities with differing abilities interact to perform a task. Cody's contributions to the Austin Villa team include a visualization utility for displaying the dynamic internal state of real and simulated robots as well as the foundations for robot passing.
Kurt
Kurt Dresner
Kurt is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in Computer Sciences. His main RoboCup interests are communication, coordination, and cooperation, but he usually winds up doing whatever work is leftover to do (like making this website). His other research interests include autonomous vehicles and routing in optical networks. He hopes that someday robots will drive us everywhere, and if we can get robots to play good soccer, we can probably get them to drive cars as well. Kurt works on the legged league.
Selim
Selim Erdogan
Selim is a sixth-year Ph.D. student in Computer Sciences. During his time at UT, he has mainly been working on logic-based knowledge representation and reasoning, especially about actions and their effects, as part of the Texas Action Group. He also works on the legged league, mostly with movement and behaviors.
Peggy
Peggy Fidelman
Peggy is a third-year Ph.D. student in Computer Sciences. Her main RoboCup interests are in the area of movement coordination and planning. Her other research interests lie in cognitive science, cognitive modeling, and (of course!) robotics. She finds the legged robot soccer domain to be particularly compelling because it requires the creation of intelligent agents that interact with physical world in a nontrivial way, rather than only in simulation or an overly simple toy problem. Peggy works on the legged league.
Karl
Karl Harris
Karl is a Masters student in Computer Sciences. His research interests include autonomous robots and real-time systems. On the Aibos, Karl works on high-level behaviours and team strategy.

Yuchen He
Yuchen is a first-year Masters student in Computer Sciences. She works on various motion components for the SPL team.
Todd
Todd Hester
Todd is a Ph.D. student in Computer Sciences. His RoboCup work has included localization, locomotion, behaviors, and everything else involved in RoboCup. His research interests outside of Robocup include robotics and model-based reinforcement learning. Todd works on the SPL team.
Nick
Nick Jong
Nick is a third-year Ph.D. student in Computer Sciences. His contributions to the Austin Villa project mostly involve software infrastructure and the behavior architecture, but he's interested generally in the problem of developing behavior that is robust to uncertainty. Outside of the Aibo Lab, he conducts research in reinforcement learning and especially in hierarchical algorithms. Nick works on the legged league.
Piyush
Piyush Khandelwal
Piyush is a PhD student in Computer Sciences. He works on the vision system for the SPL team.
Nate
Nate Kohl
Nate Kohl is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in Computer Sciences. His research interests are primarily focused around machine learning, robotics, and indirect encodings. Nate works on the legged league.
Greg
Greg Kuhlmann
Greg is a fifth-year Ph.D. student in Computer Sciences. Greg divides his time between working in the simulated coach league and in the legged league. On the Aibos, he mainly works on localization, which is the problem of estimating where you are (on the field) based on what you see and how you move. He also works on general architecture issues.
Tekin
Tekin Mericli
I'm a first-year Masters student in Computer Sciences and my research interests mainly lie in the fields of intelligent robotics, multi-agent systems, distributed AI, machine learning, computer vision, and cognitive science. My primary aim is to create machines that are able to come up with solutions when they really don't know what to do (thanks to Jean Piaget's definition for "intelligence"). Design and development of motion and behavior modules can be listed as my contributions to the AustinVilla 4-legged league team.

Michael Quinlan
Michael is a postdoc in the lab.

Adam Setapen
Adam is a masters student.
Mohan
Mohan Sridharan
Mohan is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in Electrical and Computer Engineering. His research interests include computer vision (specifically color constancy) and localization on mobile robots. He would like to see the robots automatically learn to adapt to environmental changes. Outside work, he likes to read fiction and listen to sad music.
Dan
Dan Stronger
Dan is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in Computer Sciences. His research interests include programming robots to better automatically develop an understanding of themselves and their environments. His hobbies include tennis and chess. Dan works on the legged league.
Shawn
Shawn Yu
Shawn is a first-year CS Masters student from Taiwan. His interests include multi-agent systems, automated planning & scheduling, and machine learning. His contributions to the Austin Villa are designing single-robot behaviors from scratch and three-robot ball passing based on the old infrastructure. Besides working almost 10 hrs/day in the lab, he enjoys playing team sports and guitar. Shawn works on the legged league.
Duy
Duy Vu
Duy is a Masters student in Computer Sciences. His research interests are machine learning and computer vision. On the Aibos, he works on communication, coordination, and extending the Simulator for testing behaviour code.
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