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

Flight control breakthrough could lead to safer air travel

March 20, 2015
News L1 Adaptive Flight Control System has been featured in the College Of Engineering Website! Read full article...


‘Can I get the L1 ON please?’ – said the pilot

March 13, 2015
header_upsetrecovery A short film from inside the Learjet Aircraft during the L1 manned flight test shows the pilot asking for the L1 Adaptive Controller to be turned on so he could execute the task. Read full article...


TPS students ‘stay classy’ during test management project

March 11, 2015
Dr. Hovakimyan, Enric and Kasey with the students of TPS Students at the Test Pilot School test an L1 Adaptive Controller as part of their Test Management Project. Read full article...


Flight tests with the USAF Test Pilot School

February 27, 2015
header_upsetrecovery The Advanced Controls Research Lab (ACRL) is at Edwards AFB in Southern California to support flight testing of a Learjet augmented with an L1 adaptive flight control law. Read full article...


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

February 23, 2015
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...


Dr. Hovakimyan to be an invited speaker at KAUST

February 6, 2015
Slideshow Default Dr. Hovakimyan is invited to be a speaker at the workshop on Electronic Devices, Materials and Systems for Sustainable Future at KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology). Read full article...


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...


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...