Meet the MANTIS Faculty
michael Starek, ph.d. - director
Dr. Michael “Mike” J. Starek is an Associate Professor in Geospatial Systems Engineering at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMU-CC) and Director of the Measurement Analytics (MANTIS) Lab with the Conrad Blucher Institute for Surveying and Science. Starek holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida and was formerly a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow of the U.S. Army Research Office in affiliation with North Carolina State University. His research focuses on the merging of geomatics, remote sensing, and geospatial computing for precise measurement and analysis of natural and built system dynamics. Starek has co-authored over 35 publications and 100+ conference abstracts in geospatially centric areas including lidar, UAS, and machine learning for point clouds.
tianxing chu, ph.d. - ASSISTANT Professor & Associate director
Dr. Tianxing Chu is an Assistant Professor of Geospatial Systems Engineering and Associate Director of MANTIS Lab at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. He earned a B.Eng. in Geomatics from Wuhan University, and a Ph.D. in Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing from Peking University in China. He was a Postdoctoral Research Associate and then Assistant Research Scientist at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi. He is a geospatial scientist who focuses on the exploitation of emergent remote sensing and navigation technology for intelligently sensing, recognizing and modeling our living environment. His current research interests cover ubiquitous navigation and positioning on mobile platforms (e.g. Signal of Opportunity and MEMS sensors), indoor simultaneous localization and mapping as well as machine learning applied to geospatial applications.