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

NICER Robotics – Virtual Reality with L1 Adaptive Control Quad

October 4, 2015
DSC_0342 Mitchell tests our Virtual Reality environment with a virtual drone flying right in front of him! Read full article...

Hovakimyan named W. Grafton and Lillian B. Wilkins Professor

September 10, 2015
Slideshow Default Professor Naira Hovakimyan has been named the next W. Grafton and Lillian B. Wilkins Professor by the Mechanical Science and Engineering department. Read full article...

A UIUC Researcher Just Got $1.5M To Create Robot Assistants For The Elderly

August 19, 2015
Slideshow Default ASPIRE NSF grant awarded to Prof. Hovakimyan was featured on the news! Read full article...

Bibbidi Bobbidi Bots: ASPIRE to improve lives of senior citizens

August 18, 2015
Slideshow Default Prof. Hovakimyan has received a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop co-robots for elderly citizen care. Read full article...

Professor Hovakimyan receives Society of Women Engineers 2015 Achievement Award

August 5, 2015
Slideshow Default "The award recognizes Hovakimyan’s significant contributions to mathematical control theory and its application in safety-critical systems." Read full article...

ACRL working with Illinois Laboratory for Agricultural Remote Sensing and IntelinAir to help farmers increase crop yield

July 31, 2015
Crops and Clouds SBIR Phase 1 grant from NSF was awarded to ACRL together with Intelinair and Illinois Laboratory for Agricultural Remote Sensing. Read full article...

Bilal and Javier Work Together to Crack Coordinated Flight

July 22, 2015
AI Javier Puig Navarro and Bilal Mehdi have been featured on NASA's Autonomy Incubator blog! Read full article...

Can UAVs help fight fires? ACRL is working to find it out!

June 23, 2015
drone Working with the Illinois Fire Service Institute, Prof. Hovakimyan’s group performed flight tests last week to find out how Unmanned Aerial Vehicle technologies can help firefighters. It is expected that an integrated UAV technology will reduce the time of the mission, number of required resources (including personnel), and will reduce firefighters risk by preventing man
...read more
Read full article...

Fantastic News Piece on Dr. Hovakimyan from Engineering Communications Office

May 18, 2015
Slideshow Default "Out of Cold War's end, Hovakimyan has emerged as a leading voice in flight control safety' Read full article...

Focal Point grant awarded for NICER Robotics Project.

May 11, 2015
Slideshow Default Congratulations to Thiago Marinho! As PI Thiago was awarded the Focal Point Grant for the NICER Robotics Project by the Graduate College of Engineering. Read full article...