CURRENT MEMBERS

Dr. Fathi H. Ghorbel, Ph.D., P.E.
Director, RiSYS Lab
Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Bioengineering

David Trevino
Graduate student

Mehmet Kirmizi
Graduate student

Houssem Kharrat
Graduate student

Issam Ben Moallem
Graduate student

Youssef Ben Dhiab
Graduate student

PAST MEMBERS

COLLABORATORS

Dr. Roderic K. Stanley, Ph.D.
NDE Information Consultants

Dr. Sarmad Adnan, Ph.D., P.E.
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Rice University
Engineering Advisor, Schlumberger

Dr. Anouar Jamoussi, Ph.D.
President and CEO, itRobotics

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHERS

Dr. Chuan Luo, January 1999-2000
Respiratory Neuronal Modeling and Analysis
Sponsor: Bioengineering Center, UTMB

Dr. James B. Dabney, P.E., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Systems Engineering
University of Houston - Clear Lake, Houston, TX
August 1999-2000
Modeling and Control of Closed Kinematic Chains
Sponsor: NSF

RESEARCH VISITORS

Heather R. Borders
MME student

Brad Greybeck
MME student

Guillaume Vailhe
Visiting International student


Dr. Imed Hamani, M.D., Cardio-Thoracic and Vascular Surgeon in Sahloul Hospital, Sousse, Tunisia, and Assistant Professor at the University of Medecine IBN EL JAZZAR, Sousse, Tunisia
10/1/2000 - 1/31/2001
Artificial Lung. In Collaboration with the University of Texas Medical Branch.

Dr. Rached Daouadi, Ecole Polytechnique de Tunisie
7/1/1998 - 9/30/1998, 7/15/1999 - 9/15/1999, 6/1/2001 - 6/30/2001
Hysteresis Modeling and Control in Harmonic Drive Gears

Friedhelm Altpeter, Ph.D. Candidate, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne
April 1998
Experiments on the Harmonic Drive System

GRADUATE STUDENTS

Yan Chen
Graduate student

Andrew J. Lynch
Graduate student

Dr. Fakhreddine Landolsi, Ph.D.
Graduated 2010
Thesis title: Mechanical Nanomanipulation

Dr. Sushant M. Dutta, Ph.D.
Graduated 2008
Ph,D thesis title: Magnetic Flux Leakage Sensing: The Forward and Inverse problems

M.S. thesis title: Dynamic Hysteresis Modeling and Applications

Zhiyong Wang, Ph.D.
Graduated 2004
Thesis title: Modeling and Control of Closed Kinematic Chains: A Singular Perturbation Approach

Kun Lu, Ph.D.
Graduated 2003
Thesis title: Human Whole-Body Gas Exchange and Cerebral Autoregulation Studied using A Cardiopulmonary Model

Prasanna Gandhi, Ph.D.
Graduated 2001
Thesis title: Modeling and Control of Nonlinear Transmission Attributes in Harmonic Drive Systems

Athanasios Athanasiades, Ph.D.
Graduated 2000
Thesis title: Respiratory Function: A Systems Approach

Jon Olansen, Ph.D.
Graduated 2000
Thesis title: Virtual Bio-Instrumentation: Integrating Biomedical Experimentation with Systems-Level Modeling and Analysis

Ruvinda Gunawardana, Ph.D.
Graduated 1999
Thesis title: Control of Serial and Parallel Robots: Analysis and Implementation

Yanto Mualim, M.S.
Graduated 2007
Thesis title: Nanomanipulation Modeling and Simulations

Nathan Lowry, M.S.
Graduated 2003
Thesis title: A Three-Pulse Algorithm for Minimum-Fuel Rotational Maneuvers

Joshua McCune, M.S.
Graduated 2003
Thesis title: Web-based Control of the Rice SPENDULAP: A Web-enabled Telemechatronic System

Remzi Artar, M.S.
Graduated 2002
Thesis title: Dynamical Analysis and Control of Longitudinal Electromagnetic Levitation

Edward McCants, M.S.
Graduated 2001
Thesis title: Optimal Open-Loop Control Moment Gyroscope Maneuvers

Kun Lu, M.S.
Graduated 2001
Thesis title: A Model of the Human Cardiopulmonary System

Jorge Gonzalez, M.S.
Graduated 2000
Thesis title: A Singular Perturbation Approach to Modeling Closed Kinematic Chains

Scott Hejny, M.S.
Graduated 1997
Thesis title: Design of a Harmonic Drive Test Apparatus for Data Acquisition and Control

Athanasios Athanasiades, M.S.
Graduated 1997
Thesis title: The Energy of Breathing in a Nonlinear Model of the Human Lung

Sun Xueqing, M.S.
Graduated 1997
Thesis title: Integral Manifold Based Control Design of an Electromechanical System

Muhammed Were, M.S.
Graduated 1997
Thesis title: Analysis and Control of Kinematic Error in Harmonic Gear Drive Mechanisms

Adam Gilmore, M.M.E.
Graduated 2004

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANTS

Omar Nava, Senior
July 2006 - August 2006
Project title: Controlling and Driving Stepper Motors in High-Precision Application

Kenneth Shirley, Junior
September 2001 - May 2002
Project title: The Rice Robotic Inspector

Paul Leu, Junior
January 2001 - May 2002
Project title: The Rice SPENDULAP Project

Jason White, Junior
June 2000 - August 2001
Project title: The Rice SPENDULAP Project

Adam Yannopoulos, Junior
September - December 2000
Project title: The Rice SPENDULAP Project

VISITING INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Anthony Giovenal, Ecole Polytechnique Universitaire de Marseille, France
June-July 2007
Project title: Modeling, Simulation, Design, and Construction of a Magnetic Flux Leakage (MFL) Testing System

Karthik A. Chinnakani, National Institute of Technology, Trichy, India
June-July 2007
Project title: Modeling, Simulation, and Design of a Magnetic Flux Leakage (MFL) Testing System

Gregory Russo, Ecole Polytechnique de Marseille, France
June-July 2006
Project title: Design of a Robot to negotiate U- and T- turns

Renaud Urbain, Ecole Polytechnique de Marseille, France
June-July 2006
Project title: Design of a Robot to negotiate U- and T- turns

Frederic Duran, Ecole Polytechnique de Marseille, France
June-July 2005
Project title: Design of an In-Pipe Robot

Benoit Brion, Institut Francais de Mecanique Avancee, France
July 2001-February 2002
Project title: Design and Control of the Rice SPENDULAP

Eric Ollivot, Institut Francais de Mecanique Avancee, France
February-July 2001
Project title: Design and Control of the Rice SPENDULAP

Yann Ahmoy, Institut Francais de Mecanique Avancee, France
February-July 2000
Project title: Design and Control of the Rice SPENDULAP

Eric Ugner, Ecole Centrale de Nantes, France
May-September 1998
Diploma Project Thesis: A Singular Perturbation Approach to the Modeling of Parallel Robots