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Autonomous Systems

Research activities in the area of Autonomous Systems are centered on understanding and controlling autonomous systems. The group consists of the NavLab, the Robotics Lab, the Space Weather Lab, the Advanced Engine Control Lab, and the Control Systems Lab. Prof. Pervan's NavLab focuses on the development of modern satellite navigation systems. The Robotics Lab, under the guidance of Prof. Spenko, works on mobility in challenging terrains and localization safety of mobile robots. Prof. Datta-Barua's Space Weather Lab forecasts upper atmosphere weather patterns through imaging and estimation of dynamics. Prof. Hall's Advanced Engine Control Lab works on modeling and control of advanced internal combustion engines and the development of clean and efficient utilization of alternative fuels. The HomChaudhuri's Control Systems Lab researches control systems and optimization. Research activities have been sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, Northrop-Grumman, Boeing, National Science Foundation, Argonne National Laboratory, National Geographic Society, American Petroleum Institute, and NASA.

Seebany Datta-Barua
Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Expertise: Space weather, navigation, data assimilation, remote sensing, atmospheric dynamics

Carrie M. Hall
Assistant Professor of Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering
Expertise: Control of dynamics systems, vehicle powertrain control

Baisravan HomChaudhuri
Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Expertise: Optimal control, model predictive control, distributed optimization and control, motion planning, connected vehicle, robotics

Boris S. Pervan
Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Expertise: Navigation, guidance, and control of dynamic systems

Matthew Spenko
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Expertise: Control, dynamics, and mechanical design, robotics