MPCR Lab Researchers

  • Nicolas Tutuianu

    Undergraduate Researcher, Rover & Animus

    Nicolas Tutuianu is an undergraduate dual-enrolled high school student in his third year pursuing a Bachelor’s in Computer Science at FAU.  In 2015, Nicolas joined the Machine Perception and Cognitive Robotics Laboratory to conduct research projects while implementing various machine learning techniques.  As part of a group of 5 undergraduate students, his team implemented a Q-Learning based rover framework that simulates the way a real-life brain would learn to solve a simple task.  More recently, Nicolas has been working with deep neural networks to build an open source machine learning training platform that allows toy cars to drive autonomously.  He is also Co-Team Leader of the Animus Team who are currently working with 3D cameras to recognize various types of exercise movements.


  • Kelsey Wilson

    Kelsey Wilson graduated from West Virginia University in 2012 with a B.S in Biological Science as well as a B.S in Psychology. Kelsey’s undergraduate research focused on the area’s of behavioral neuroscience and environmental microbiology. In 2014, Kelsey became a graduate student at Florida Atlantic University pursuing her Master’s Degree in Biological Science with research focused on Methionine Sulfoxide Reductase family of enzymes studying epimerization of Methionine Sulfoxide in a biological system. Kelsey is also a graduate teaching assistant for molecular genetics, microbiology, and biotechnology. In 2016, Kelsey joined the Machine Perception and Cognitive Robotics Laboratory to explore it’s wide variety of applications in the biomedical sciences.

  • Evan Clark

    Evan Clark is a graduate student researching the biochemical regulatory network of human T cells through the utilization of high-throughput RNA sequencing and downstream genomic analysis. He is currently focused on understanding changes in splicing patterns and gene expression modulated by selected RNA binding proteins in virally infected cells. He is currently aiming for a career in personalized medicine and translational biomedical research, with specialization in immunology and biomedical informatics. He has earned a Bachelors of Science in Biology from Florida Atlantic Universities’ College of Science, and will be graduating with a Masters of Science in Bioengineering from the College of Engineering in Fall 2016. He plans to obtain both and M.D. and Ph.D. to conduct translational clinical research in immunotherapy and biological big-data mining.

    The future of medicine is dependent on the comprehension and unity of medical records and functional genomic data. As we begin to evolve our understanding of the complex biological mechanisms that drive disease development and virulence, the current backbone of biomedical data is rapidly becoming obsolete. We have reached a turning point with the implementation of multi-omics testing in clinical data that will drive how patient treatment is decided. In order to utilize this data to its highest potential, new methods must be enacted to understand and mine the data for its functional relationships to disease and patient outcome. Using machine learning techniques and relational data mining strategies we can begin to decipher the relations between biological research data and clinical data to develop new treatment methods to improve patient outcomes and design new targeted therapeutics for prevention and treatment of disease.

  • Levi Stein

    High School Researcher (Katz Yeshiva High School)
  • Michal Amar

    High School Researcher

    Michal Amar is a high school senior at Katz Yeshiva High School of South Florida, where she leads multiple STEM related clubs including the STEAM Club and Girls Who Code. She is project manager of the KYHS VEX Robotics Team, which won first place in their first competition, and has also participated in the CIJE Engineering Conference every year, designing and coding new and innovative ideas. Alongside this, she and her team won first place in the International Technion Rube Goldberg Competition run by the Technion Institute of Technology in Israel. She hopes to study Mechanical and/or Aerospace Engineering and to pursue a career in research and development. She joined the MPCR Lab in May of 2017. Her primary research consists of a Deep Learning program to detect biomedical measures through optical inputs.


  • Marcus McGuire


    Marcus McGuire is a dual enrollment student from FAU High School. He has spent the last two years studying computer science full time at FAU. His research interests include Machine Learning and Computer Vision. Following the completion of his bachelor’s degree, He intends to pursue a graduate degree in one, or both, of these topics.

  • Washington Garcia

    Computer engineering major.


  • Michael Keller

    I am a dually enrolled high school senior and undergraduate student here at FAU. I am a double major in math and computer science. I originally came to the MPCR lab to work with virtual reality, but found interest in working with the 3D Kinect Camera. See the teams page for information on that project. I hope to eventually get a masters in one or both of my major fields.

  • Rodrigo Castellon

    High school Researcher

    Rodrigo Castellon is a sophomore from Pine Crest School and part of their Science Research Program. He joined the MPCR Lab December 2016, and is planning to pursue a project over the summer that incorporates Q-learning into a real-world agent that plays Atari games. Apart from his interests in machine learning and computer vision, he is also part of the Math Club and Computer Science Club at Pine Crest.

  • Paul Morris


    Masters in Computer Science candidate