Research Areas


  • Faculty members: XinYan Deng, Anouck Girard, Emilio Frazzoli, Pierre Kabamba

This concentration addresses the problem of coordinating the motion of a possibly large number of heterogeneous mobile agents, in order to provide persistent, real-time, human-driven tactical services, to operators in the field. Mobile agents will in general include autonomous or semi-autonomous fixed- and rotary wing aircraft, ground vehicles, and human-controlled units, operating over a geographically extended region of interest. Services of interest may include, for example, Urban Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), cooperative attack, cooperative sensing, and communication relays. The objective of the cooperative control effort will be to ensure the highest possible aggregate Quality of Service. The proposed work will focus on three main issues:

  • Supervision and control of cooperative heterogeneous systems, in the perspective of mixed-initiative operations, including information de-confliction and combination, multi-scale representations, and interconnected decision and control systems to maximize situation awareness.
  • Dynamic, sequential, combinatorial and/or stochastic mission planning, including the development of a systematic approach to the design and analysis of provably efficient, scalable, robust, and adaptive algorithms for cooperative control of large-scale heterogeneous networks of mobile agents.
  • Dynamics and control of flapping wing micro air vehicles.


  • Faculty members: Anuradha Annaswamy, Carlos Cesnik, James Driscoll
  • Development of simple low-order models that can characterize the main aeroservothermoelastic effects coupled with propulsion and can be used in a 6 DOF flight dynamics simulation of ABHV.
  • Operability limits, controllability and uncertainty inputs for control models of hypersonic vehicles.
  • Adaptive control of hypersonic vehicles.