Motion and Teaming Laboratory (Mo-T Lab)



Ph.D. Candidates

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  • Mohamed Khalid M. Jaffar
  • Aerospace Engineering (ENAE)
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  • Loy McGuire
  • Aerospace Engineering (ENAE)
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  • Ollie Rodriguez
  • Aerospace Engineering (ENAE)

Ph.D. Students

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  • Dalan Loudermilk
  • Aerospace Engineering (ENAE)
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  • Alex Mendelsohn
  • Computer Science (CMCS)
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Master's of Science Students

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  • Rachel Clare Blum
  • Aerospace Engineering (ENAE)
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  • Miles Jones
  • Aerospace Engineering (ENAE)

External Collaborators and Exchange Students

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  • Aditya Savio Paul
  • Collaborator
  • University of Tartu
  • Republic of Estonia
  • Personal Website

Undergraduate Researchers

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  • Zachary Friedman-Hill
  • Mechanical Engineering (ENME)
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  • David Kirkpatrick
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering (ENEE)
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  • Jordan Kreh
  • Aerospace Engineering (ENAE)
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  • Favour Madu
  • Aerospace Engineering (ENAE)
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  • Kaitlyn Reidy
  • Aerospace Engineering (ENAE)
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  • Chris Martinez Reina
  • Mechanical Engineering (ENME)
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  • Sneha Alicia Sunilkumar
  • Aerospace Engineering and Computer Science (ENAE, CMCS)
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  • Hans Yang
  • Aerospace Engineering (ENME)

High School Student Researchers

We typically have between one and eight high school researchers in the lab, depending on the year and time of year. See our note regarding the on-line privacy of minors.


Mo-T Lab Alumni

Postdoctoral Alumni

  • George P. Kontoudis Placement: Tenure Track Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department, Colorado School of Mines. Personal Website.

Ph.D. Alumni

  • Sharan Nayak (ENAE, 2023), Ph.D. Dissertation: "Fast Feasible Motion Planning Without Two-Point Boundary Value Solution.'' Placement: Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX). Linkedin. YouTube.

Master's of Science Alumni

  • Alex Mendelsohn (CMCS, 2023), Non-Thesis Option. Placement: Ongoing Ph.D. student in the Mo-T Lab.
  • Anshuman Singh (ENSE, 2021, Co-Advised with Huan Xu), M.S. Thesis: "Proof of concept for pair based approach for swarm robotics." Placement: Ulendo Software Solutions for Manufacturing Automation.
  • Loy McGuire (ENAE, 2020), M.S. Thesis ``Overcomming local minima through viscoelastic fluid-inspired swarm behavior.'' Placement: Ongoing Ph.D. student in the Mo-T Lab.
  • Aditya Savio Paul (University of Tartu, Estonia, 2020, External Co-Advisor), M.S. Thesis: "Autonomous motion planning for spacecrafts near small solar systembodies: simultaneously refining the gravitational field model andre-planning gravity dependant maneuvers." Placement: Tartu Observatory.
  • Sharan Nayak (ENAE, 2020), Non-Thesis Option. Placement: Contined on to a Ph.D. in the Mo-T Lab (ENAE, 2023), and now at SpaceX.
  • Akshay Vinay Bapat (ENSE, 2020, Co-Advised with Jeffrey Herrmann), M.S. Thesis: "Development of a multi-agent task allocation algorithm for low communication scenarios." Placement: Magna International (Robotics Test Engineer).
  • Ryan Ernandis (ENAE, 2020), M.S. Thesis: "Sampling based motion planning for minimizing uncertainty with Stewart platforms." Placement: Astrobotic

Master's of Engineering Alumni

  • Alkesh Kumar (M.Eng. Robotics, 2023), Placement: Temple University Ph.D. Program.
  • Manas Gupta (M.Eng. Robotics, 2019, Co-Advised with Huan Xu), Placement: Torc Robotics.
  • Shivang Patel (M.Eng. Robotics, 2019, Co-Advised with Huan Xu), Placement: University of West Verginia Ph.D. Program.
  • Pranav Dhulipala (M.Eng. Robotics, 2019, Co-Advised with Huan Xu), Placement: Microsoft.

Exchange Students Alumni

  • Jae-Kyung Cho (Seoul National University)

Undergraduate Alumni

  • Marvellous Achugbu
  • Jared Allanigue
  • James Bollinger
  • Nigel Campbell-Christie (Morgan State University)
  • Andres Christensen
  • Charles Demery (Morgan State University)
  • Justin DeVito
  • Ayomikun Fadina (Capitol Technology University)
  • Max Harris
  • Zachary Hoover
  • Neel Godhani
  • Savya Konkalmatt
  • Brian Lee
  • Ryland Lillibridge
  • Kevin Lin
  • Darius Lukas
  • Miles Jones
  • Paul Motter
  • Hridoy Rozario
  • Noah Schultz
  • William Sherman
  • Leon Stevenson
  • Mya Thompkins (Morgan State University)
  • Tom West
  • Kevin Yen
  • Richard Yu

High School Alumni

  • The work done by our 19 previous and ongoing high school interns has been awesome! We error on the side of privacy with respect to listing the names of minors on-line. So, if you were/are a high school intern in the Mo-T Lab and would like to be listed here, and are now old enough to make that decision legally, then let Dr. Otte know and we will be happy to add you! Otherwise, if you are a minor and would like to be listed then please have your parent/legal guardian provide their permission via email to Dr. Otte and we will be happy to add you!


Facilities and Test Platforms

Indoor UAV Test Space

netted indoor flying area
  • Vicon Motion Capture System
  • Safety Nets
various UAV platforms
  • Various UAVs
  • Platforms from: Bitcraze, Parrot, Intel, etc.
  • Custom Platforms

kilobot Swarm Robot Testbed

kilobot Testbed with 200 robots
  • 200+ robots
  • Overhead Programmer (I/O, Controller)
  • Overhead Light Projector
  • Light Intensity Control
  • Overhead Camera
  • Multi-Robot Charging Station
kilobot Testbed with 200 robots
  • Light Intensity Sensor
  • Inferred Communication
  • Vibration Based Locomotion
  • Multicolor LED

Turtlebot3 Team

Turtlebot3 Team
  • 6 Turtlebot3 Burger platforms
  • Laser Scanars
  • Stereo Cameras
  • RGB Cameras
  • Custom Actuators
foam and gravel testbed
  • Gravel and Foam Testbed

Additional Shared Resources

Fearless Flight Facility (F3)
foam and gravel testbed

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