• Dr. Jonathan Kelly


    Prof. Kelly is the Director of the STARS Laboratory, and has research interests in 3D computer vision, probabilistic modelling, estimation theory, and machine learning.

Current Students 
  • Valentin Peretroukhin

    Ph.D. Student

    Valentin studies how visual localization can be improved through the use of deep learning.

  • Brandon Wagstaff

    Ph.D. Student

    Brandon is working on improving foot-mounted inertial tracking of first responders using machine learning techniques.

  • Trevor Ablett

    Ph.D. Student

    Trevor is working on learning-based modelling techniques for mobile manipulator task execution in collaborative environments.

  • Oliver Limoyo

    Ph.D. Student

    Oliver is working on enabling mobile manipulators to learn how to interact with unstructured and dynamic environments.

  • Filip Maric

    Ph.D. Student

    Filip is exploring the connection between estimation and planning in collaboration with the LAMoR group at the University of Zagreb.

  • Matthew Giamou

    Ph.D. Student

    Matthew is working on theoretical performance guarantees for safe robotic perception and state estimation.

  • Emmett Wise

    Ph.D. Student

    Emmett is working on sensing and localization methods for mobile vehicles using radar.

  • Olivier Lamarre

    Ph.D. Student

    Olivier is working on energy-aware planning for planetary rovers using surface and orbital data in cooperation with NASA JPL.

  • Adam Hall

    M.A.Sc. Student

    Adam is working on interactive perception algorithms for mobile manipulators in collaboration with the Dynamic Systems Laboratory at UTIAS.

  • Justin Tomasi

    M.A.Sc. Student

    Justin is investigating methods for increasing the robustness of visual motion estimation for high-speed robot platforms.

  • Abhinav Grover

    M.A.Sc. Student

    Abhinav is working on incorporating tactile sensing into active perception systems.

  • Chris Grebe

    M.A.Sc. Student

    Chris is working on aerial vehicle tracking through LIDAR-based sensing.

  • Erin Richardson

    Undergraduate Research Student

    Erin is working on improving simulation tools for our mobile manipulator platform.

  • Jason Wang

    Undergraduate Research Student

    Jason is working on visual docking algorithms for our autonomous tail-sitter aerial vehicle.

  • Lee Clement

    Ph.D. Student (2020)

    Lee investigated how learning algorithms can be used to enable long-term visual navigation. Now a Software Engineer at Oxbotica, Toronto.

  • Shui Song Luar

    Undergraduate Exchange Student (2019)

    Shui Song visited us from NTU, Singapore, to work on semantic segmentation and mapping for manipulation tasks.

  • Juraj Peršić

    Visiting Doctoral Student

    Juraj worked on mm-wave radar as part of ongoing research for his PhD in the LAMoR group at the University of Zagreb.

  • Brian Aly

    Undergraduate Thesis Student (2019)

    Brian developed extensions to our deep appearance modelling framework. Now a Machine Learning Engineer at Google, Mountain View.

  • Richard Seo

    Undergraduate Thesis Student (2019)

    Richard worked on an advanced SLAM package for the RSX Rover Challenge Team at U of T. Now a Software Engineer at IBM, Markham.

  • Soroush Khoubyarian

    Undergraduate Research Student

    Soroush helped to devise several algorithms for certifiably optimal estimation. Now a B.A.Sc. student in Engineering Science at U of T.

  • Andrej Janda

    Undergraduate Thesis Student (2019)

    Andrej developed a fast visual pose estimation framework for objects in dense clutter. Now a developer at Fitch Ratings, London, UK.

  • Ray Qureshi

    Undergraduate Research Student

    Ray developed tools to support visual navigation of our tail sitter aerial platform. Now at Uber, San Francisco.

  • Ziye (Gaven) Ma

    Undergraduate Research Student

    Ziye applied convex optimization to robot mapping problems. Currently a Ph.D. student in Prof. Somayeh Sojoudi’s lab at UC Berkeley.

  • Tobias Ulrich

    Master's Exchange Student (2018)

    Tobias completed his Master’s at the STARS lab on exchange from ETH Zurich. He worked on human-robot cooperative manipulation.

  • Jordan Marr

    Master's Student (2018)

    Jordan worked on spatiotemporal calibration algorithms for lidar-camera and lidar-IMU sensor pairs. Now at NVIDIA, Santa Clara.

  • David (Yilun) Wu

    Undergraduate Research Student

    David designed our autonomous Phoenix open source tail-sitter aerial vehicle fully from scratch! Now an M.A.Sc. student at ETH Zurich.

  • Thomas Kingsford

    Undergraduate Thesis Student (2018)

    Thomas worked on various methods for airborne threat tracking. Last at Zebra Technologies, Toronto.

  • Jenni Lam

    Former Undergraduate Thesis Student

    Jenni worked on modifying our deep network for sun detection, Sun-BCNN. Now Senior Engineer at Realtime Robotics in Boston.

  • Luke Volpatti

    Undergraduate Research Student

    Luke worked on improving and expanding our suite of sensor calibration tools and updating our demonstration software.

  • Xinyi Li

    Mitacs Globalink Student (2017)

    Xinyi built navigation and mapping software for our self-driving wheelchair. Last at Zhejiang University.

  • Lingzhu Xiang

    Ph.D. Student (2017)

    Lingzhu’s research focused on visual navigation and its application in dynamic environments. Last at Google in Mountain View, California.

  • Jennifer Sun

    Undergraduate Thesis Student (2017)

    Currently a Ph.D. student in Prof. Aaron Ames’ AMBER lab at Caltech, Los Angeles.

  • Ningwen Xu

    Master's Exchange Student (2017)

    Last at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

  • Willie Hsieh

    Undergraduate Thesis Student (2017)

    Now a SATCOM Engineer at Honeywell Aerospace, Ottawa (Kanata).

  • Christine Lee

    Undergraduate Thesis Student (2017)

    Now Venture Manager (Space Stream) at the Creative Destruction Lab, Toronto.

  • Johnny (Ze Yang) Wang

    Undergraduate Thesis Student (2017)

    Now a Software Development Engineer at Amazon, Toronto.

  • Jason Yang

    Undergraduate Thesis Student (2017)

    Last at Synapticon in Stuttgart, Germany.

  • Jacob Lambert

    Master's Student (2017)

    Jacob developed automatic lidar-camera self-calibration software. Now a PhD student at Nagoya University, Japan.

  • Yuan Liang

    Master's Exchange Student (2016)

    Last at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

  • Farid Akhoundov

    Undergraduate Thesis Student (2016)

    Now a Software Engineer at General Motors, Toronto.

  • Wei-Kang Tseng

    Undergraduate Research Student

    Wei-Kang helped to develop a trajectory design interface for ROS. Now an M.A.Sc. student in Prof. Tim Barfoot’s group at UTIAS.

  • Julian Coelho

    Undergraduate Thesis Student (2016)

    Now a Software Development Engineer at Amazon.com in Seattle, Washington.

  • Rahul Goel

    Undergraduate Thesis Student (2016)

    Now at PheedLoop, a startup he co-founded during his undergraduate studies.

  • Alice Gong

    Former Undergraduate Thesis Student (2016)

    Alice worked on our autonomous wheelchair project. Now an Autonomous Driving Software Engineer at General Motors, Toronto.

  • Charlie Guan

    Undergraduate Thesis Student (2016)

    Charlie worked on our autonomous wheelchair project. Now at Apple in Cupertino, California.

  • Tim Tang

    Undergraduate Thesis Student (2016)

    Now a Ph.D. student with Prof. Paul Newman at the Oxford Robotics Institute, UK.

  • Fei Yu

    Master's Exchange Student (2015)

    Last at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

  • Faizan Rehmatullah

    Undergraduate Thesis Student (2015)

    Now a Member of the Technical Staff, Mission Systems, at MDA, Toronto (Brampton).