Current Lab Members
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.
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.