Hamid won CSL’s Video of the Month award

April 16, 2018

Congratulations to Hamid! He was announced winner of CSL’s Video of the Month Award at CSL Social Hour last week. Check out his video titled “Zero Dynamics Attack Quadrotor” below.

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L1 Adaptive Flight Control System Featured in Aerospace & Defense Technology

April 4, 2018

Please click the following link to read the original article.
Flight Control System Virtually Eliminates Pilot Error

Learjet tests with L1 adaptive controller featured in Aviation Week & Space Technology

March 12, 2018

The Learjet tests at Edwards AFB with L1 adaptive controller have been featured in a recent article in Aviation Week & Space Technology. Please click the following link to read more.

Adaptive Flight Control Moves Closer to Reality, The Week in Technology, March 12-16, 2018

Learjet tests at Edwards AFB with L1 adaptive controller

March 4, 2018

L1 adaptive control system is undergoing a third round of flight tests at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

Please read the following article to learn more about the flight tests:
Illinois professor’s groundbreaking flight control system undergoes third round of testing

Javier and Kasey with AF pilots

Hovakimyan honored for pioneering work in adaptive control

January 25, 2018

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

Click here to read the news on the MechSE website.
Click here to learn more about this award.

Hovakimyan named IEEE Fellow

November 29, 2017

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.”

Click here to see the full list of IEEE 2018 Newly Elevated Fellows.

We welcome new members in our lab

September 6, 2017

Our new team members:

Postdoc: Donghwan Lee.
Ph.D. students: Arman Shahinyan, Neng Wan, and Muhammad Aneeq Uz Zaman.
Undergraduate students: Zhengyu Chen, Chenghao‎ Duan, and Jad Faraj.

DURIP award granted

March 24, 2017

We just got a DURIP award to build a scaled-down airspace physical simulator. This testbed will consist of an indoor flight-test area equipped with a motion capture system and an ultra-wideband (UWB) radio-based positioning system to provide scalable indoor positioning for large-scale UAS fleets, a large number of heterogeneous vehicles to provide high-fidelity physical simulation of real airspace that would also allow development of vehicle-agnostic algorithms, a flexible wireless communication framework to permit experiments with centralized and decentralized algorithms, control stations to manage the simulated airspace and perform mission control, and a rapid prototyping workshop to facilitate the logistics of equipment. The press release can be found here.

New book now available: Time-Critical Cooperative Control of Autonomous Air Vehicles

February 8, 2017

Time-Critical Cooperative Control of Autonomous Air Vehicles presents, in an easy-to-read style, the latest research conducted in the industry, while also introducing a set of novel ideas that illuminate a new approach to problem-solving. The book is virtually self-contained, giving the reader a complete, integrated presentation of the different concepts, mathematical tools, and control solutions needed to tackle and solve a number of problems concerning time-critical cooperative control of UAVs.

By including case studies of fixed-wing and multirotor UAVs, the book effectively broadens the scope of application of the methodologies developed. This theoretical presentation is complemented with the results of flight tests with real UAVs, and is an ideal reference for researchers and practitioners from academia, research labs, commercial companies, government workers, and those in the international aerospace industry.

Find out more about it here.

Hovakimyan named AIAA Fellow

January 30, 2017

Professor Naira Hovakimyan is named among the class of 2017 Fellows of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Click here to read the official AIAA press release.

Read more about this award from the MechSE News and Events page!

By: Fatima Farha

Naira Hovakimyan
  Professor Naira Hovakimyan

MechSE professor Naira Hovakimyan was recently named a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AAIA) “for pioneering development of technical knowledge in robust adaptive control and its transition to aerospace and commercial applications.”

Hovakimyan is the W. Grafton and Lillian B. Wilkins Professor, Schaller Faculty Scholar, University Scholar, Director of the Intelligent Robotics Lab, and an affiliate of the Beckman Institute, the Coordinated Science Lab, Information Trust Institute, and the Aerospace and ECE departments. Her research is primarily focused on robust adaptive control, networks of autonomous systems, and game theory applications regarding safety-critical systems in various engineering fields. She has conducted research and experiments involving domestic drones, robots, and her L1 adaptive control system.

The rank of Fellow is one of AIAA’s most competitive, with only about 20 individuals named each year.

“I feel very honored by this recognition,” said Hovakimyan. “The Fellow rank is the highest rank of AIAA and is very prestigious. I feel humbled to be among those few honorees.”

AAIA is a professional society of individuals who are studying, teaching, and researching the field of aerospace. The society also publishes journals, magazines, e-books, and other documents written by individuals conducting various research on aerospace advancements and technology.