Current Members

Sue Whitesides

Professor Sue Whitesides is the chair of the Department of Computer Science, University of Victoria. Her research interest includes algorithms, discrete mathematics, discrete and computational geometry, algorithmic motion planning, graph layout, graph drawing, applications in brain imaging and nanofabrication.

Rayhan Rahman

Rayhan Rahman is a Ph.D. student at the University of Victoria in BC, Canada. He is mainly interested in Robot Motion Planning. His usual robots are bugs, sticks, and flanges. His bugs can get out of traps. His sticks can travel along many walls with very tiny openings. And his flanges fit perfectly with their elbows. He hopes someday his robots will have a thousand legs and can fold themselves into useful structures.

Zahed Rahmati

Zahed Rahmati received his B.Sc. in Software Engineering from the University of Isfahan. He went on to complete a Master's in Computer Science under the supervision of Dr. Alireza Zarei at the Sharif University of Technology. He is currently completing a Ph.D. under the supervision of Prof. Sue Whitesides and Prof. Valerie King. Zahed's research interests include dynamic and kinetic algorithms and data structures.

Neil MacMillan

Neil MacMillan is a computer science grad student at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. His specialty is mechatronics and embedded systems. For his master's thesis he is building a low-cost underwater robot for use in localization research and engineering outreach.

Rahnuma Islam Nishat

Rahnuma Islam Nishat is a Ph.D. student at the University of Victoria. She completed her Master's at the University of Victoria and she completed her B.Sc. Engineering at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. Her research interest includes Graph Drawing, Graph Theory, Computational Geometry and currently Motion Planning.

River Allen

River Allen completed a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Victoria and is currently a grad student at UVic. His research interests revolve around machine learning, robotics and computer vision.

Kyliah Clarkson

Kyliah Clarkson is a Master's student at the University of Victoria. She has previously completed undergraduate studies at UVic, spanning computer science, physics, biochemistry, and biology. Her current research interests include finite geometry and distributed computing.

Alumni, Friends and Visitors

Dimitri Marinakis

Dr. Dimitri Marinakis received a B.Sc. in Computer Science in 1999 from the University of Victoria, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from McGill University. His graduate work was supervised by Prof. Gregory Dudek at the Center for Intelligence Machines. His research interests lie in sensor networks, probabilistic reasoning, and robotics. He currently works as a consultant for industry at Kinsol Research Inc. and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Victoria.

Debajyoti Mondal

Debajyoti Mondal completed a bachelors engineering degree at the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. Currently, he is a graduate student of Dr. Stephane Durocher at the University of Manitoba. His research interests include graph drawing, information visualization and routing problems in ad hoc wireless networks.

Guy Pommares

Guy Pommares has a engineering degree from MIT and architecture degree from Beaux Arts, Paris. He has dedicated his professional life to developing methods and tools for designing with nature. His areas of interest include architecture, environmental design, geospatial information systems and robotics. He is a frequent visitor and has recently been involved with the mechatronics lab, outreach programs and the 3D printer. He currently heads an environmental architectural consulting company, la Vida.