Welcome to the website of the Advanced Controls Research Laboratory (ACRL) in the Mechanical Science and Engineering Department at the University of Illinois. In the ACRL, we focus on open problems in mathematical control theory and we work with collaborators from industry and government laboratories on the transition of our solutions, to the extent possible, to real-world engineering problems.

Our work often involves interdisciplinary collaborations with other departments at University of Illinois and other universities in the US and Europe. We also intensively work with various industries and government agencies to facilitate the quick transition of our basic research results to application owners.

Learn more about our work in the ACRL here or in our Research page.


Recent News

Venanzio’s video featured one of the best drone’s videos of the year

November 18, 2014
Slideshow Default Venanzio's video on tango-dancing quadrotors is featured one of ArtSlant's best drone's videos of the year. Read full article...


Flying Robots Dancing Tango

November 6, 2014
QuadsPic An autonomous flying robot who can safely navigate a crowded dynamic environment, and coordinate with its teammates, can definitely tango! Read full article...


Designing Human-Centered Automation and Cockpit Displays to Enhance Pilot Situation Awareness

November 3, 2014
youtube_HMI_interface Development of a prototype architecture for human-automation interaction to prevent aircraft loss-of-control (LoC) incidents or accidents. Read full article...


Dr. Hovakimyan invited to present a plenary lecture at 55th IACAS

September 2, 2014
Slideshow Default Dr. Hovakimyan has been invited to present a plenary lecture at the 55th Israel Annual Conference on Aerospace Sciences, Israel. Read full article...


ACRL Students at NASA Langley Research Center

July 23, 2014
NASA_LaRC_feature Five of our students are currently doing their internship at NASA Langley Research Center. Read full article...


Prof. Hovakimyan interviewed by WAND

July 11, 2014
wand-logo Prof. Hovakimyan interviewed by a reporter of WAND TV. Read full article...


Ronald successfully passes his preliminary defense for Ph.D.

July 10, 2014
Trajectories of a Team of Multiple UAVs Ronald passed his preliminary exam on July 9th, 2014. Read full article...


Dr. Hovakimyan to give plenary talk at ICUAS’14

May 26, 2014
Slideshow Default Naira Hovakimyan is invited to give a plenary talk in the International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems 2014. Read full article...


June’s Graduation!

May 18, 2014
June and Naira June graduated with her Master's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Read full article...


Paper with Unsubstantiated and Wrong Claims about L1 Adaptive Control

April 30, 2014
paper_featured A paper with unsubstantiated and wrong claims about L1 adaptive control has been published in IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control Read full article...