Our Expertise

Thrust Area Leaders

NAASIC's four thrust area leaders, members of the University's academic faculty, help promote the development of technologies/products within their own areas of expertise.

Controls and Systems

Expertise in Controls and Systems

  • Intelligent systems
  • Smart materials
  • Dynamic systems
  • Controlled descent
  • Robotics
  • Human-robot interaction
  • Control systems

Monica Nicolescu

Monica Nicolescu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering

Dr. Nicolescu has expertise in robotics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, human-robot interaction and multi-robot systems. She is the director of the University of Nevada, Reno's Robotics Research Lab, where she heads up a team of focused on advances in robotics research capable of bringing robots closer to real-world applications.

Computing, Sensing and Communication

Expertise in Computing and Communications Sensing

  • Antenna design
  • Wireless networks and mobile computing
  • Optical fiber sensors and communications
  • Remote sensors and sensor networks
  • Computer vision
Scott Tyler

Scott Tyler, Ph.D.
Professor of Geology

Dr. Tyler's areas of focus span the wide range of hydrology and environmental fluid dynamics. He serves as the Director of the Centers for Transformative Environmental Sensing Programs (www.ctemps.org), a National Science Foundation supported instrument center focusing on the development of distributed fiber optic sensing and wireless sensing of environmental variables.

Advanced Manufacturing and 3D Printing

Expertise in Advanced Manufacturing and 3D Printing

  • Printable antennas, batteries and solar cells
  • Sensorized micro/nano systems
  • Solid mechanics
  • Internal combustion engine emissions
Yantao Shen

Yantao Shen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering

Dr. Shen's research is in the areas of Bioinstrumentation & Automation, Biomechatronics/-robotics, Sensors and Actuators, and Tactile/Haptic Interfaces. His research has been supported by federal agencies such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), as well as the state's and local agencies.

Applications of Unmanned Autonomous Systems

Expertise in Applications of Unmanned Autonomous Systems

  • Environmental monitoring and conservation
  • Traffic surveillance and operation
  • Seismic imaging
  • Air quality
  • Socially assistive robotics
  • Education and outreach
eelke folmer

Eelke Folmer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering

Dr. Folmer is an expert in human-computer interaction and leads the Human+ lab at the University of Nevada, Reno. His research focuses on designing, building, and evaluating technology to address high-impact social problems pertaining assistive technology, accessibility, health and well-being.

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