NSF Award Granted: Synergetic Drone Delivery Network in Metropolis

We just got a NSF award to develop a framework that synergizes manipulatable distribution networks, comprising autonomous flying robots (drones) with existing transport networks, towards enhanced autonomy and economics in logistics. Imagine that a ride-sharing vehicle outfitted with a docking device for packages on its roof is traveling through a distribution center towards downtown. A drone can place a package on the vehicle’s roof while it drives by the distribution center, and another drone can recover the package once the vehicle is driving through another distribution center in proximity to its destination. The approach relies on three main thrusts: i) socially aware robotics, ii) safe and robust motion planning and execution, iii) cooperative network logistics.

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Hovakimyan honored for pioneering work in adaptive control

Professor Naira Hovakimyan was recently honored with the Award for Technical Excellence in Aerospace Control from IEEE Control Systems Society with the citation “For pioneering innovations in adaptive control and its application to aerospace systems.”

Professor Naira Hovakimyan with other awardees

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Hovakimyan named IEEE Fellow

Professor Naira Hovakimyan has been named among the class of 2018 Fellows of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) with the citation “For contributions to control with applications to aerospace and robotic systems.”

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