Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Dynamics and Controls
Dynamics and Controls represents a broad multi-disciplinary area of research. The general aim is to model, analyze and regulate the behavior of dynamical systems. These systems may be physical such as mechanical, electrical, and biological; or economic, social and so forth. The salient feature of the task at hand is to cope with modeling errors, perturbations and disturbances, while ensuring a level of optimality in carrying out a sought objective. Additional challenges are introduced when the task is to be carried out by a collection of autonomous systems in a distributed, decentralized manner. Estimating parameters and learning while carrying out assigned tasks is yet another layer of increasingly more powerful capabilities becoming available with new technologies and availability of computational resources. Specific areas of interest include:
- Control Theory and Algorithms
- Autonomous and Distributed systems
- Navigation and Flight systems
- Machine Learning
Distinguished Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Dynamical systems and control, mathematical physics, applied mathematics. Current interests focus on stochastic control, geometry of optimal mass transport, inverse problems in physics and signal analysis, and topics related to the control of fluids, networks and thermodynamic systems.
Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Research Interests: Cyber-physical systems (CPS), Autonomous vehicles (aerial, ground, underwater), satellite-based navigation, intelligent transportation systems (ITS), cognitive and software-defined radio (SDR), sensor fusion.
Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Geometric nonlinear nontrol theory; unsteady aerodynamics and aeroelasticity; optimization, calculus of variations and optimal control; flight dynamics and autopilot design; airplane performance and configuration aerodynamics.