Current Lab Members

Sam Carani
Graduate Researcher

remote sensing, GIS, machine learning, meteorology

Hudson Chase
Graduate Researcher

virtual reality, lidar, point cloud processing

Jack Gonzales
Graduate Researcher

coastal, remote sensing, natural hazards, risk perception

Ryley Harris
Graduate Researcher

environmental science, UAVs, remote sensing

Lucas Howser
Research Associate

Archaeology, Photogrammetry, Lidar

Colleen Lewis
Graduate Researcher

least cost path modeling

Molly McKnight
Graduate Researcher

geospatial algorithms, geography of health

Jim Young
Graduate Researcher

lidar, UAVs, photogrammetry, machine learning, point cloud classification


Earle Isibue earned his Master's degree in Geography from Northern Illinois University. He was a driving force and founding member of the lab, working first as an undergraduate through the Research Rookies program, and then joining the lab as a graduate student in 2017. His undergraduate work focused on lidar and photogrammetry fusion for indoor/outdoor mapping where he developed techniques for creating digital and 3D printed models. His thesis focused on developing techniques to measure the urban forest using photogrammetry, and assessing their accuracy. He has disseminated his work at regional (ILGISA / Illinois Geographical Society), national (National Council on Undergraduate Research), and international (World Congress on Undergraduate Research) conferences.

Rob Kondratowicz first worked with NEIL as an undergraduate student researcher at NIU and continued to volunteer in the lab part time after graduation. He was critically important on several projects, including developing a 3D printable drone, building the AR Sandbox, developing workflows for processing image data using the Robot Operating System (ROS), and several other augmented and virtual reality projects.

Andrea Saavedra was a participant in the NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates during the summer of 2018. Andrea flew drones to image water-related sites in Mexico, and used photogrammetry software to develop digital 3D models. She presented her results at the 2018 SACNAS conference.

Lily Cobo earned her master's degree from Northern Illinois University.

At NEIL, she worked on the NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates. She earned her Part 107 remote pilot's license, and traveled to Mexico to fly the cenotes near Puerto Morelos, gathering information about regional water sources.

Matt Mendez earned his undergraduate degree in Geography from Northern Illinois University.

At NEIL, he worked on a pilot project developing interactive 3D printed maps for people with visual impairments as a Student Engagement Funded undergraduate student researcher. He presented his results at the NIU Research and Artistry Day.

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