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Center for Scientific Innovation and Education

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Who we are

The Aerial Robotics Laboratory is located at Armenian National Polytechnic University. It is a state-of-the-art educational and research facility. It can host scientists and researchers to implement modern educational and research programs by using the facility and tools in line with international standards. The total area of the lab is 600 square meters of the usable area that is fully renovated. The laboratory itself has a 10 X 10 X 3 m3 volume, equipped with motion capture systems and software developed by the famous British Vicon Motion Capture System.

Vicon complex designed for aerial robotics laboratories contains twenty Vero V2.2 optical cameras that work in the infrared circuits, a special Vicon Mocap workstation and powerful computers for digital signal processing that are located in a special area and provide a large-scale servicing of the work area, secured by nets. That system enables to capture in real time of the number of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) functioning in the work area and the movements of other mechanical objects with an accuracy of millimeters and can significantly accelerate the design and construction processing of miscellaneous UAVs and processes of research experiments. The special workstation of Vicon Mocap processes the obtained signals from the studied objects in real-time a real-time moving object 3-D model is the depiction of the nodes. Parameters characterizing the movement of that model are constantly sent to the applied computer or computers. The opportunities of the center create the prerequisites for the complete implementation of the bachelor’s and master’s programs in respective professional directions.

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Our mission is to contribute to the revival of scientific innovation and education in Armenia with the aim of building an Autonomy Centre of Excellence.

Goals and Objectives


  • Conduct fundamental research in the Science of Autonomy by leveraging the latest developments in Control Theory and Artificial Intelligence for applications in robotics and autonomous systems.
  • Educate scholars and students in formulation of cutting edge research problems and shaping the competitive mindset.
  • Leverage the international network of scholars to build the Global Armenian Robotics Hub.
  • Recruit new faculty from top universities of the world through government initiatives.
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CSIE Team

Founders
Rafi Baghdjian

Adviser

Rafi Baghdjian

Rafi was an executive at Shell for 35 years, covering the technical, commercial and leadership aspects of the energy business during 10 assignments worldwide until 2017. From late 2017 to early 2020, he was the CEO of IDeA Foundation.

Currently, Rafi is an advisor to various foundations and related entities. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Aznavour Foundation, co-founder and board member of the International Chamber of Mines of Armenia and a member of the Energy4Climate team of AUA. Rafi lectures around the world using 45 Learnings based on some 60 real life stories and events from his 35 years at Shell, covering Cultural Navigation, Deal Making and Strategic Leadership.

Naira Hovakimyan

Scientific Adviser

Naira Hovakimyan


Naira Hovakimyan received her MS degree in Applied Mathematics from Yerevan State University in Armenia. She got her Ph.D. in Physics and Mathematics from the Institute of Applied Mathematics of Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow. She is currently W. Grafton and Lillian B. Wilkins Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering and the Director of AVIATE Center of UIUC.

Naira has co-authored two books, eleven patents and more than 450 refereed publications. She is the 2011 recipient of AIAA Mechanics and Control of Flight Award, the 2015 recipient of SWE Achievement Award, the 2017 recipient of IEEE CSS Award for Technical Excellence in Aerospace Controls, and the 2019 recipient of AIAA Pendray Aerospace Literature Award. In 2014 she was awarded the Humboldt prize for her lifetime achievements. 

Naira is Fellow of AIAA and IEEE, and senior member of NAI. She is co-founder and chief scientist of Intelinair. Her work was featured in the New York Times, on Fox TV and CNBC.


Team
Astghik Hakobyan

Senior Researcher

Astghik Hakobyan

Astghik Hakobyan is a Research Scientist at the Center of Scientific Innovations and Education and Aerial Robotics Education (CSIE), mostly working at the Aerial Robotics Education and Research Center of the National Polytechnic University of Armenia (NPUA) in Yerevan. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Automation and Control from NPUA in 2018 and went on to achieve her M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Seoul National University (SNU) in Seoul, graduating in 2020 and 2023, respectively. Astghik has been recognized with the prestigious Distinguished ECE M.S. Dissertation Award and the Distinguished ECE Ph.D. Dissertation Award from SNU. Her research focuses on control and optimization, motion planning, and the development of safe autonomous systems.

Haykanush Darbinyan

Lab Technical Manager

Haykanush Darbinyan

Haykanush Darbinyan is a Lab Technical Manager at the Center of Scientific Innovations and Education and Aerial Robotics Education (CSIE)․ She earned her ME degree from the State Engineering University of Armenia (SEUA) in 2013, specializing in Automation and Control.She has been qualified as a Research Engineer by the SEUA in the field of Informatics, Computer Science, and Automation in 2019. Haykanush obtained her Ph.D. from the NPUA in Engineering, specializing in Automation and Control in 2020. 

Since 2013, Haykanush has held various positions at Armenian National Engineering Laboratory (ANEL) of NPUA, National Instruments, AirWorker, and American University of Armenia (AUA). Her main responsibilities include teaching UAV-related courses and conducting laboratory sessions, organizing cooperation and overall lab duties, developing safety protocols and maintaining schedule, as well as grant application support, among others. 

Haykanush is concurrently an Assistant Professor at the Control Systems chair of the National Polytechnic University of Armenia (NPUA) and a Researcher at the Aerial Robotics Research and Education Center of NPUA. 


Tigran Bakaryan

Senior Researcher

Tigran Bakaryan

Tigran Bakaryan is a Research Scientist at the Center of Scientific Innovations and Education and Aerial Robotics Education (CSIE) and at the Institute of Mathematics of NAS RA. Tigran received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Yerevan State University. Earned Ph.D. in Fourier Analysis at the Institute of Mathematics of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia. During Ph.D. studies, obtained a Young Researcher grant from the Science Committee of RA.

Later, Tigran worked as a junior researcher at the Institute of Mathematics and concurrently as a teaching associate at the American University of Armenia (AUA). In 2018, he joined King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) as a postdoctoral fellow and worked on the theory of Mean-Field Games (MFG). During the post-doctoral program at KAUST, Tigran spent a few months at the Sapienza University of Rome and the University of Catania as a visiting research scientist. In 2023, he joined the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) as a postdoctoral research associate. At UIUC, he focused on applied problems related to multi-agent autonomous systems. His research interests are in the theory of PDEs, game theory, MFG theory, control theory, multi-agent autonomous systems, and related areas.



Rafik Simonyan

UAV Specialist

Rafik Simonyan

Rafik Simonyan is a UAV Specialist at the Center of Scientific Innovation and Education (CSIE). He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Automation Engineering from NPUA in 2024. With a specialization in UAV Design and Development Engineering at Yerevan Aerospace Engineering, Rafik is adept at conceptualizing, constructing, and rigorously testing cutting-edge aerial drones. His proficiency extends to UAV Control and Testing, demonstrated through his role at the Institute for Informatics and Automation Problems. 

Rafik has a proven track record, notably as a UAV Tuner and Tester Engineer at AirWorker LLC. Here, he played a pivotal role in configuring reconnaissance and training UAVs, adjusting attack UAVs, and designing control systems for diverse aircraft types. His achievements include the successful development of a control system for a 10 KW wind farm and executing tests for projects at a State-owned logging plant. He is engaged in the project titled "Design and Development of a Prototype Cargo UAV with a 10 kg Payload Capacity" funded by the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture, and Sports RA Higher Education and Science Committee Grant.


Armen Sardaryan

Program Manager

Armen Sardaryan

Armen Sardaryan is a Program Manager at the Center of Scientific Innovations and Education (CSIE). He graduated from Yerevan State University (YSU), Mathematics Department in 1991. During 1994-1997, he went through an MBA program at the American University of Armenia (AUA). The emphasis of the Program has been Executive Management, with a minor in Economics. Since 2002, Armen has studied MA in Economics at Central Michigan University, MI, USA. The Program has been rigorous on math models and their applications in Economics. The major field of study has been Development Economics. Specialized in chaos theory and its applications in the stock markets, international trade, and government policies leading to economic development; Excellent academic performance with a US government fellowship, a recipient of the Edmund Muskie Fellowship award from 2002 to 2004,  and a recipient of the University Teaching Fellowship in 2006.


Sona Parsyan

Project Manager

Sona Parsyan

Sona Parsyan is a Project Manager at the Center of Scientific Innovations and Education (CSIE), contributing to collaborative efforts in developing research and innovation-based projects. With over a decade of experience, she has specialized in Project Management. Sona holds a Master's degree in Social Psychology and International Politics from Yerevan State University, having previously earned a Bachelor's degree in International Relations and Diplomacy. Engaging in International Education projects since the age of nineteen, she has led and managed numerous educational initiatives with her team, spanning various topics and pioneering new training methodologies. She has also worked in the IT and Tech sectors in Armenia for over five years, primarily focusing on Innovation and High Tech endeavors.


Vahe Serobyan

Laboratory Assistant, 3D Modeling Specialist

Vahe Serobyan

Vahe Serobyan is a Laboratory Assistant and 3D Modeling Specialist at the Center of Scientific Innovation and Education (CSIE). He is a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in Automation at the National Polytechnic University of Armenia (NPUA).

Vahe specializes in UAV design and assembly, 3D modeling, design and printing, and 3D printer calibration. He excelled in the "Hawq 2023" competition, earning top placements in several categories, and led a team to victory at "Robotex Armenia" in 2019.

Vahe Serobyan is a Laboratory Assistant and 3D Modeling Specialist at the Center of Scientific Innovation and Education (CSIE). He is a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in Automation at the National Polytechnic University of Armenia (NPUA).

Vahe specializes in UAV design and assembly, 3D modeling, design and printing, and 3D printer calibration. He excelled in the "Hawq 2023" competition, earning top placements in several categories, and led a team to victory at "Robotex Armenia" in 2019.


Students
Anna Tonoyan

Junior Research Scientist

Anna Tonoyan

Anna Tonoyan is a junior research scientist at the Center of Scientific Innovation and Education (CSIE). Currently, she is a Master's student specializing in Automation at the National Polytechnic University of Armenia in Yerevan. She graduated from Yerevan State University with a Bachelor's degree in Applied Mathematics and Informatics in 2023.

Anna is actively engaged with the Center of Scientific Innovations and Education, where she has completed intensive courses and participates in seminars to deepen her understanding of emerging technologies and their practical applications.


Yeva Gabrielyan

Junior Research Scientist

Yeva Gabrielyan

Yeva Gabrielyan is a junior research scientist at the Center of Scientific Innovation and Education (CSIE). She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Yerevan State University in 2023. Her research focuses on control systems and visual-inertial odometry. 

Yeva plays a key role in CSIE's research projects on risk-aware motion control of mobile robots in dynamic environments and contributed to the team’s success in the “Hawq 2023” competition, earning two first-place awards.


Tigran Pahlevanyan

Junior Research Scientist

Tigran Pahlevanyan

Tigran Pahlevanyan is a junior research scientist at the Center of Scientific Innovation and Education (CSIE). He graduated from Yerevan State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Informatics and Applied Mathematics in 2024. His research primarily centers on the control of unmanned aerial vehicles, especially quadcopters, and other advanced control methodologies. Tigran actively participates in UAV projects, including quadrotor control and system identification, and achieved notable success in the “Hawq 2023” competition.

Tigran Pahlevanyan is a junior research scientist at the Center of Scientific Innovation and Education (CSIE). He graduated from Yerevan State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Informatics and Applied Mathematics in 2024. His research primarily centers on the control of unmanned aerial vehicles, especially quadcopters, and other advanced control methodologies. Tigran actively participates in UAV projects, including quadrotor control and system identification, and achieved notable success in the “Hawq 2023” competition.


Arthur Ghazaryan

UAV Speclialist

Arthur Ghazaryan

Artur Ghazaryan is a third-year undergraduate student majoring in Computer Science in NPUA. He is a specialist in UAV design and assembly and is specialized in parameter tuning, calibration, testing. Artur is proficient in Mission planner, Betaflight, MATLAB, Adobe, etc.

Artur distinguished in the "Hawq 2023" competition with top placements in several categories. He modified a custom VTOL UAV for environmental monitoring, contributing to university research. Artur conducts workshops on UAV construction at Center for Scientific Innovation and Education (CSIE).


Andy Younes

Research Intern

Andy Younes

Andy Younes is a research intern at the Center of Scientific Innovations and Education (CSIE). She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering from NPUA in 2024. Andy has distinguished herself through her research on drone control for efficient plant seeding and her expertise in machine learning. She developed a machine learning algorithm capable of deblurring, denoising, and colorizing old images for her Bachelor's dissertation. Recently, she served as the team captain for the 2024 American Control Conference Self-Driving Car Student Competition organized by Quanser. Her team successfully implemented object detection technology combined with state-of-the-art control techniques.


Nane Hakhverdyan

Research Intern

Nane Hakhverdyan

Nane Hakhverdyan is a research intern at the Center of Scientific Innovations and Education and Aerial Robotics Education (CSIE). She is in her third year of pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics and Informatics at Yerevan State University. Her studies focus on control systems and robot operating systems.


Monica Ghavalyan

Research Intern

Monica Ghavalyan

Monica Ghavalyan is a research intern at the Center of Scientific Innovations and Education (CSIE) in Yerevan. She is currently completing her Bachelor’s degree in Data Science at the American University of Armenia, expected to graduate in 2025.


Anna Beklaryan

Research Intern

Anna Beklaryan

Anna Beklaryan is a research intern at the Center of Scientific Innovations and Education (CSIE) in Yerevan. She is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology at NPUA, with an expected graduation in 2025.


Lusine Barseghyan

Research Intern

Lusine Barseghyan

Lusine Barseghyan is a research intern at the Center of Scientific Innovations and Education (CSIE) in Yerevan. She is completing her Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology at NPUA, anticipated to graduate in 2025.

Vahagn Makaryan

Research Intern

Vahagn Makaryan

Vahagn Makaryan is a research intern at the Center of Scientific Innovations and Education (CSIE) in Yerevan. He is working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology at NPUA, expected to graduate in 2025.


David Tovmasyan

Research Intern

David Tovmasyan

David Tovmasyan is a research intern at the Center of Scientific Innovations and Education (CSIE) in Yerevan. He is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics and Informatics at the Russian-Armenian University, with an anticipated graduation in 2025.


Artak Mnatsakanyan

Research Intern

Artak Mnatsakanyan

Artak Mnatsakanyan is a research intern at the Center of Scientific Innovation and Education (CSIE). He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Automation at the Institute of Information and Telecommunication Technologies and Electronics, National Polytechnic University of Armenia (NPUA).

Artur Sargsyan

Research Intern

Artur Sargsyan

Artur Sargsyan is a research intern at the Center of Scientific Innovations and Education (CSIE) in Yerevan. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from NPUA in 2022 and is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics at NPUA.


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