Department of Computer Science
Lydia Kavraki
  • B.S. (1989) University of Crete, Greece
  • M.S. (1992) Stanford University
  • Ph.D. (1995) Stanford University



  • Department of Bioengineering
  • Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering
  • Keck Center for Quantitative Biomedical Sciences
  • Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology



  • Email: kavraki@rice.edu
    Phone:  713-348-5737
    Office: Duncan Hall, 3106

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    Kavraki Personal Page

    Lydia Kavraki

    Noah Harding Professor of Computer Science and Bioengineering

    Robotics, Bioinformatics, Algorithms


    The Kavraki Lab Webpage: http://www.kavrakilab.org includes descriptions of research work and full list of publications.


    Theses

    Devin Grady, Ph.D,.  "Motion Planning with Uncertain Information in Robotic Tasks."  (2014).(Thesis or Dissertation Director)

    Drew Bryant, Doctoral.  "Redundancy-aware learning of protein structure-function relationships."  (2013).(Thesis or Dissertation Director)

    Jeff Chyan, MS,.  "Examining the Use of Homology Models in Predicting Kinase Binding Afinity."  (2013).(Thesis or Dissertation Director)

    Kristin Rozier, Doctoral.  "Explicit or Symbolic Transltion of Linear Temporal Logic to Automata."  (2013).(Committee Member)

    Natalie Berestovsky, Ph.D,.  "Toward Integrated Computational Models of Cellular Networks."  (2013).(Committee Member)

    Troy Ruths, Ph.D,.  "Population Regulomics: Applying population genetics to the cis-regulome."  (2013).(Committee Member)

    Drew Bryant, Ph.D.  "Protein Function Prediction."  (2012).(Thesis or Dissertation Director)

    Keren Lasker, Doctoral.  "Structure Determination of Macromolecular Assemblies by Data Integration, Application to the 26S Proteasome."  (2012).(Committee Member)

    Devin Grady, Master of Science.  "Unsynchronized Distributed Motion Planning with Safety Guarantees under Second-Order Dynamics."  (2011).(Thesis or Dissertation Director)

    Ioan Sucan, Doctor of Philosophy.  "Task and Motion Planning for Mobile Manipulators."  (2011).(Thesis or Dissertation Director)

    Ioan Sucan, Ph.D.  "Kinodynamic Motion Planning for High-dimensional Physical Systems."  (2011).(Thesis or Dissertation Director)

    Ioan Sucan, Ph.D.  "Task and Motion Planning for Mobile Manipulation."  (2011).(Thesis or Dissertation Director)

    Natalie Berestovsky, Master of Science.  "On the Modeling of Signaling Networks with Petri Nets."  (2011).(Committee Member)

    Troy Ruths, Master of Science.  "A Sequence-Based, Population Genetic Model of Regulatory Pathway Evolution."  (2011).(Committee Member)

    Allison Heath, Ph.D.  "Computational Discovery and Analysis of Metabolic Pathway."  (2010).(Thesis or Dissertation Director)

    Devin Grady, Master of Science.  "Motion Planning with Temporal Constraints."  (2010).(Thesis or Dissertation Director)

    Jeffrey Kilpatrick, Master of Science.  "Methods for detecting multi-locus genotype-phenotype association."  (2010).(Committee Member)

    Derek Ruths, Doctor of Philosophy.  "Deriving Executable Models of Biochemical Network Dynamics from Qualitative Data."  (2009).(Committee Member)

    Junjie (George) Zhang, Ph.D.  "Modeling of Chaperonins."  (2009).(Committee Member)

    Konstantinos Tsianos, Master of Science.  "Planning with Complex Dynamics Constraints."  (2009).(Thesis or Dissertation Director)

    Abhishek Gupta, Ph. D.  "Disturbance Observer Based Closed loop Control of Haptic Interfaces."  (2008).(Committee Member)

    Adina Kilpatrick, Ph. D.  "Structural Basis for Calmodulin-Mediated Regulation of the Ryanodine Receptor."  (2008).(Committee Member)

    Amarda Shehu, Doctor of Philosophy.  "Molecules in Motion:Computing Structural Flexibility."  (2008).(Thesis or Dissertation Director)

    Cuong Than, Master of Science.  "Reconstruction of Phylogenetic Networks and Their Relationships with Trees and Branches."  (2008).(Committee Member)

    Erion Plaku, Doctor of Philosophy.  "From High-Level Tasks to Low-Level Motions: Motion Planning for High-Domensional Nonlinear Hybrid Robotic Systems."  (2008).(Thesis or Dissertation Director)

    Konstantinos Bekris, Doctor of Philosophy.  "Informend Planning and Safe Distributed Replanning under Physical Constraints."  (2008).(Thesis or Dissertation Director)

    Viacheslav Fofanov, Ph. D.  "Statistical Models in Protein Structural Alignments."  (2008).(Committee Member)

    Ajay Gulati, Ph. D.  "Performance Virtualization and QoS in Shared Storage Systems."  (2007).(Committee Member)

    Andrew Ladd, Doctor of Philosophy.  "Motion Planning for Physical Simulation."  (2007).(Thesis or Dissertation Director)

    Brian Chen, Ph.D.  "Geometry Based Methods for Protein Function Prediction."  (2007).(Thesis or Dissertation Director)

    Costas Panayiotakis, Ph. D.  "Motion Analysis and Modeling for Activity Recognition and 3-D Animation based on Geometrical and Video Processing Algorithms."  (2007).(Committee Member)

    David Kristensen, Ph. D.  "Automated Protein functional Site Discovery; Structural Similarity and De Novo Approaches."  (2007).(Committee Member)

    Endah Susilowati, Ph. D.  "Specificity of Membrane Helix-helix Interactions by Mutagenesis and Structural Analysis."  (2007).(Committee Member)

    Herman Stamati, Master of Science.  "Analysis of Molecular Motion using Non-Linear Dimensionality Reduction."  (2007).(Thesis or Dissertation Director)

    Maciej Kalisiak, Ph.D.  "Efficient Motion Planning with Differential Constraints."  (2007).(Committee Member)

    Mili Shah, Ph. D.  "Reduced Representations for Symmetric Molecules."  (2007).(Committee Member)

    Allison Heath, M.S.  "Towards multiscale Protein Simulations: Moving from Coarse-Grain to All-Atom Models."  (2006).(Thesis or Dissertation Director)

    Brian Chen, Doctor of Philosophy.  "Geometry-based Methods for Protein Function Prediction."  (2006).(Thesis or Dissertation Director)

    Armada Shehu, Master of Science in Computer Science.  "Sampling Biomolecular Conformations with Spatial and Energetic Constraints."  (2005).(Thesis or Dissertation Director)

    Derek Ruths, Master of Science in Computer Science.  "Applications of Phylogenetic Incongruence to Detecting and Reconstructing Recombination and Horizontal Gene Transfer."  (2005).(Committee Member)

    Jan Hakenberg, Master of Science in Computer Science.  "Smooth Subdivision for Mixed Volumetric Meshes."  (2005).(Committee Member)

    M. Schwarz, Master of Science in Computer Science.  "Local Conformational Sesarch of Proteins Using the Expansive Spaces Search."  (2005).(Thesis or Dissertation Director)

    Mili Shah, Doctor of Philosophy.  "Reduced Representations for Symmetric Molecules."  (2005).(Committee Member)

    Tao Ju, Doctor of Philosophy.  "Building a D3 Atlas of the Mouse Brain."  (2005).(Committee Member)

    Ajay Gulati, Master of Science in Computer Science.  "Scheduling with QoS in Parallel I/O Systems."  (2004).(Committee Member)

    Fabin Gravot, Doctor of Philosophy.  "External Reader and Examiner - Motion Planning Algorithms for General Closed-ChainMechanisms."  (2004).

    Konstantinos Bekris, Master of Science.  "Reactive Range-free Landmark Navigation without Scene Reconstruction."  (2004).(Thesis or Dissertation Director)

    Ming Li, Doctor of Philosophy.  "New Algorithms for Pathway Computation."  (2004).(Committee Member)

    Andrew Ladd, Master of Science.  "Analysis of Probabilistic Roadmap Methods for Motion Planning and Applications to Polygon Manipulation."  (2003).(Thesis or Dissertation Director)

    Brian Chen, Master of Science.  "Structural Pattern Matching for Functional Annotation of Proteins."  (2003).(Thesis or Dissertation Director)

    Miguel Teodoro, Master of Science.  "Molecular Conformational Sampling Using Collective Coordinate Expansive Spaces."  (2003).(Thesis or Dissertation Director)

    Miguel Teodoro, Doctor of Philosophy.  "Modeling Protein Flexibility Using Collective Modes of Motion: Applications to Drug design."  (2003).(Thesis or Dissertation Director)

    Scott Schaefer, Master of Science.  "A Factored, Interpolatory Subdivision Scheme for Surfaces of Revolution."  (2003).(Committee Member)

    Andrew Ladd, Master of Science.  "Analysis of Probabilistic Roadmap Methods for Motion Planning and Applications to Polygon Manipulation."  (2002).(Thesis or Dissertation Director)

    Christopher Holleman, Master of Science.  "Path Planning with Medial Axis Hints."  (2000).(Thesis or Dissertation Director)

    Jiangchun Luo, Master of Science.  "Part Assembly Using Static and Dynamic Force Fields."  (2000).(Thesis or Dissertation Director)

    Carole Nissoux, "External Reader and Examiner, Ph.D. Thesis, "Visibility et Methods Probabilistes Pour la Planification de Mouvement en Robotique" Centre Scientific de la Reserche National, Robotics Laboratory, LAAS-CNRS, France."  (1999).

    Christine Peterson, Ph.D,.  "Bayesian Graphical Models for Biological Network Inference (2013)."  (Committee Member)

    Corey Hyrc, "PhD Thesis."  (Committee Member)

    Matt Maly, MS.  "Temporal Logic Motion Planning in Partially Unknown Environments."  (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

    Rahul Kumar, "Learning to Highlighten Relevant Text in Binary Classified Documents."  (Committee Member)

    Risa Myers, MS,.  "Ordinal Regression over Time Series Data, with an Application to Classifying Patient Vital Sign Quality (2013)."  (Committee Member)

    Rossitza Irobalieva, Ph.D,.  "PhD Thesis."  (Committee Member)

    Yun Yu, Ph.D,.  "Models and Methods for Evolutionary Histories Involving Hybridization and Incomplete Lineage Sorting."  (Committee Member)




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