Necmiye Ozay Wins Hybrid Systems Prize

June 9, 2017

For her outstanding work in hybrid systems, a theoretical area very important to robotics, Professor Necmiye Ozay has received a major best paper award. The details of her award are here. Necmiye’s work on Correct-by-Design Control Software Synthesis is aimed at breaking down the barriers that have prevented this field from tackling important industrial problems. In the paper, she and her co-author develop finite abstractions that are equipped with robustness margins, allowing sensing and model imperfections to be addressed in a formally correct manner. They apply the results to Adaptive Cruise Control, an important Automated Drive Assist System, and point out other important applications in robotics and autonomous vehicles.

U-M robotics PhD student Kevin Lieberman receives two prestigious awards

November 10, 2016

Robotics PhD student Kevin Lieberman has been awarded a 2016 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship and an Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) Lawrence C. Fortier Memorial Scholarship. Congratulations, Kevin!

Photograph of PhD student Kevin Lieberman

Kevin Lieberman

View the CoE news article here.

Robotics Scientist Snags Research Award

September 23, 2016

Assistant Research Scientist Tulga Ersal has been selected to receive the 2016 UMOR Research Faculty Recognition Award.

The Researctulga-ersal-2016h Faculty Recognition Award recognizes a Research Assistant Professor or Assistant Research Scientist for exceptional scholarly achievements, as evidenced by publications and/or other scholarly activities in any academic field of study.  Dr. Ersal has been selected for this award due to his contributions to the field of system dynamics and control, with applications including autonomous vehicles.


Robots beware: we will detect your anomalies!

September 7, 2016


Professor Necmiye Ozay has been awarded the NASA Early CAREER Faculty award, which enables Professor Ozay and her team to develop “Run-time anomaly detection and mitigation in information-rich cyber-physical systems.” The crowning application will be an exploration problem involving humans and robots.

More information here.


AstroNet: A Human-Centric Network of Free-Flying Space Co-robots to Assist Astronauts

August 31, 2016


Professor Dimitra Panagou has been awarded the NASA Early CAREER Faculty award, which enables Professor Panagou and her student team to develop the AstroNet: A Swarm of Free-Flying Space Co-robots that are conceived to interact with NASA crew members and assist them in Extra-Vehicular Activities (EVAs) for the inspection, maintenance and repair of spacecraft exteriors.  The 3-year project will focus on the development of Guidance, Navigation and Control algorithms that will enable the AstroNet to (i) safely surround the crew member during EVAs, (ii) perceive simple human commands (e.g., gestures) and (iii) respond to human commands by redistributing autonomously in space to dynamically and continuously enhance mission efficacy in a human-centric way.

More information.

Cooperative Quadrotors in Action (video).