Robotics Faculty

Meet our faculty who build and control robots that move through land, water, and air to help people spot dangerous situations, evaluate structures, and help solve real-world problems.

  • Jana Košecká

    Professor

    Department of Computer Science, College of Engineering and Computing

    Jana Košecká has taught at George Mason University since 1999. Her research interests are the acquisition of static, dynamic, and semantic models of environments by means of visual sensing, object recognition, scene parsing, and human- robot interaction. She has over 90 selected publications in referred journals and conferences and is a coauthor of a monograph titled, Invitation to 3D Vision: From Images to Geometric Models.
  • David Lattanzi

    Associate Professor, Sid and Reva Dewberry Dept of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering, Volgenau

    Using new techniques to improve transportation safety.
  • Associate Professor, Computer Science, Volgenau

    Sean Luke is the head of the George Mason University Autonomous Robotics Laboratory. He has taught at George Mason University since 2000. His areas of interest and expertise include stochastic optimization and metaheuristics, evolutionary computation, multi-agent systems and multi-agent learning, autonomous robotics and robot swarms, and simulation development. He is the author of Essentials of Metaheuristics, and of several very widely used open-source software packages, including the MASON multi-agent simulator and the ECJ evolutionary computation toolkit.
  • Department Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

    Leigh McCue is an associate professor at George Mason University in the Mechanical Engineering Department. From 2015-2018 she was the executive director of the American Society of Naval Engineers. Prior to that, from December of 2004 through May of 2015, she was an assistant, then associate professor in Virginia Tech’s Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering. Her research interests are in nonlinear and chaotic vessel dynamics and computational fluid dynamics.
  • Associate Professor, Sid and Reva Dewberry Dept of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering, Volgenau

    Flood hazards engineering and resilience
  • Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Volgenau

    Cameron Nowzari's research interests are in the broad area of dynamics, controls, and robotics. More specifically, he is interested in the analysis and control of complex distributed and/or networked systems and spreading processes. A good example is to imagine a single human operator trying to control a swarm of 1000 robots. It is impossible for the human to send individual commands to each robot, but rather the human should send a high level command to the entire swarm.
  • Associate Professor 
    Department of Computer Science, College of Engineering and Computing

    Degrees PhD, Computer Science, Rice University Master of Science, Computer Science, Clarkson University Bachelor of Science, Computer Science, State University of New York College at Fredonia
  • Director, Center for Air Transportation Systems research, Volgenau
    Associate Professor, Systems Engineering and Operations Research, Systems Engineering and Operations Research

    Lance Sherry is an Associate Professor in the Systems Engineering and Operations Research department and serves as Director of the Center for Air Transportation Systems Research at the Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University.
  • Burak Tanyu

    Associate Professor, Sid and Reva Dewberry Dept of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering, Volgenau

    Burak F. Tanyu joined the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering in the Volgenau School at George Mason University in 2011 specializing in geotechnical engineering. Prior to joining George Mason, Tanyu was a senior engineer at Geosyntec Consultants where he worked on landslide forensic analyzes, earth retention system designs, design and permitting of residual waste landfills, and seep investigation and embankment stability. He has been a National Highway Institute certified instructor, teaching the design of earth retaining structures since 2008.
  • Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Volgenau

    Ningshi Yao is an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at George Mason University. She received her PhD from the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology in 2020, and the BS in Automatic Control from Zhejiang University, China, in 2014. Prior to joining Mason, she was a postdoctoral research fellow at Georgia Institute of Technology from November 2020 to July 2021.