Kia Cooperative Systems Lab (KCS-lab)

Current members


Principal Investigator
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Solmaz Kia, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Dept.


Graduate Student Researchers
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Yi-Fan Chung (Ph.D. student, winter 2017-present)
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Dept.
Received B.Sc. and M.Sc. from National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan

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Hossein Moradian (Ph.D. student, fall 2016-present)
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Dept.
Received B.Sc. and M.Sc. from Sharif University of Technology, Iran

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Navid Rezazadeh (M.Sc.-Ph.D. student, summer 2016-present)
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Dept.
Received B.Sc. from Sharif University of Technology, Iran

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Reza Asadi (Ph.D. candidate, 2015-present, joint Prof. Amelia Regan)
Computer Science Dept. Received B.Sc. and M.Sc. from Amir-Kabir University of Technology, Iran

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Jianan Zhu (Ph.D. candidate, 2016-present)
Mechanical and Aerospace Eng. Dept.
Received B.Sc. from Tsinghua University, China

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Ashkan Dehghani Zahedani (M.Sc. student, spring 2018-present)
Mechanical and Aerospace Eng. Dept.
Received B.Sc. from University of California Riverside

Undergraduate Student Researchers
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Boya Sun
Mechanical and Aerospace Eng. Dept. (Feb. 2018-present)

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Hongyu Wang
Mechanical and Aerospace Eng. Dept. (Feb. 2018-present)

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Alex (Dongheng) Jing
Mechanical and Aerospace Eng. Dept. (Apr. 2016-present)
UCI 2016 SURF fellow
Project (Funded by UCI UROP): Localization system via single kinematic RFID reader

Visiting scholars

  • Mahboobeh Zarei (Ph.D. student, Sharif University of Technology, Jan. 2016-Jul. 2016)
  • Collaborators (current and former)

    • Prof. Faryar Jabbari, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Dept., UCI
      • M. Sadeghi Reineh (Ph.D. student, fall 2014-present, joint project w. Prof. Jabbari on anti-windup design for LTI systems)
    • Prof. Eli Bozorgzadeh, Computer Science Department, UCI
      • S. A. Razavi Majomard (Ph.D. student, fall 2015-present, joint project w. Prof. Bozorgzadeh on energy efficient decentralized Uncented Kalamn filter for cooperative localization for mobile agents)
    • Prof. Sonia Martinez, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Dept., UCSD
    • Prof. Jorge Cortes, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Dept., UCSD

    Former students

    M.Sc. students

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    Geoffrey Richards (M.Sc. student, fall 2016-June 2018)
    Mechanical and Aerospace Eng. Dept.
    Now with Boeing

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    Xiuji Zhu (M.Sc. student, fall 2017-June 2018)
    Mechanical and Aerospace Eng. Dept.

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    Pan Wang (Jan. 2016-Mar. 2017)
    Mechanical and Aerospace Dept.
    M.Sc. project: Passive eavesdropper design for acontinuous-time distributed optimization algorithm over networked systems

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    Xiaogang Ni (2015-Mar. 2017)
    Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Dept.
    M.Sc. project: Target localization via passive RFID systems

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    Tianxi He (2015-Mar. 2017)
    Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Dept.
    M.Sc. project: Dynamic consensus for a network of mobile robots withsecond order integrator dynamics

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    Vu Hoang Dinh (2014-2015)
    Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Dept.
    M.Sc. project: decentralized cooperative localization for mobile robots
    Formerly with NAVSEA, now with Raytheon

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    Marc-Arnold Haupt Giro, Graduate Balsells Fellow (2014- september 2015)
    Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Dept.
    M.Sc. project: Target localization in a priori inaccessible environments using RFID mobile sensors

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    Michael Kiiru (2014-Sept. 2015)
    Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Dept.
    MS project student
    Now with Kitty Hawk



    Undergraduate students

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    Brandon Metcalf
    Department of Electrical Engineering (Summer 2017)
    UCI SURF-IoT fellow

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    Alex (Yiming) Liu
    Computer Science Dept. (Apr. 2016-June 2017)

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    David Gogokhiya
    Computer Science Dept. (June 2016-March 2017)
    2016 UCI SURF-IoT Fellow
    Project: Robotic testbed development for cooperative localization for mobile robotic teams
    Now: Software Developer at Koder, Inc.

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    Antonio Estrada-Zaragoza
    Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (Nov. 2015-June 2016)

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    Kourosh Hedayatie
    Mechanical and Aerospace Engineerng Dept. (Jan. 2015-June 2016)

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    Michael M. Ishimoto
    Department of Computer Science and Engineering(Jan. 2015-Jun. 2016)



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    Minhoh Han
    Mathematics Department, UCI (Aug. 2014-March 2015)
    Undergraduate researcher: RFID reader API integration in ROS, robotic lab
    Now: graduate student in Pepperdine University


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    Ji Yeon Kim
    Department of Computer Science and Engineering (Apr. 2015-Jun. 2016)
    Now: graduate student at University of Notre Dame



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    Kyle Bendickson
    Department of Computer Science (Jun. 2015- Dec. 2015)
    Now: Big Data Engineer @ Tinder



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    Kehmena J. Ockiya
    Department of Computer Science, UCI (Jan. 2015-June 2015)
    Undergraduate researcher: ROS platform setup, robotic lab