Venanzio Cichella

PhD Candidate
Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering
Mechanical Engineering Building
1206 West Green Street
Urbana, IL 61801
cichell2 (at) illinois (dot) edu

 

Research Interests

– Human Centered Robotic Design and Control
– Robotic Surgery
– Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
– Modeling and Simulation
– Adaptive Control
– Robust Control
– Cooperative Control of Multiple Unmanned Aerial and Ground Vehicles
– Path and Motion Planning in Dynamic Environments

 

Education

I received my bachelor and master degrees from University of Bologna, in Italy, respectively in 2007 and 2011. In 2010 I studied for 7 months in TUDelft, Holland, as an exchange student. In 2011 I worked for my master thesis in Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA, where I stayed for 2 more years working as Research Assistent.

 

Honors and Awards

2015 Ross Martin Award for Outstanding Research Achievement by a Graduate Student,
College of Engineering. UIUC, 2015.

National Science Fundation Student Travel Award,
Cyber-Physical Systems Week 2014. Berlin, Germany, April 2014.

National Science Fundation Student Travel Award,
Early Career Professional Workshop on Exploring New Frontiers in Cyber-Physical Systems. Washington DC, March 2014.

 

Publications

Books
  1. Kaminer, Pascoal, Xargay, Hovakimyan, Cichella, Dobrokhodov, “Time-Critical Cooperative Control of Autonomous Air Vehicles,” Elsevier, 2016, submitted.
Papers in Edited Volumes
  1. Kaminer, Xargay, Cichella, Hovakimyan, Pascoal, Pedro Aguiar, Dobrokhodov, and Ghabcheloo, “Time-Critical Cooperative Path Following of Multiple UAVs: Case Studies,” Itzhack Y. Bar-Itzhack Memorial Symposium on Estimation, Navigation, and Spacecraft Control, Haifa, Israel, Oct. 2012.
Journal Papers
  1. Cichella, Choe, Mehdi, Xargay, Hovakimyan, Kaminer, Dobrokhodov, Pascoal, and Aguiar, “Safe Coordinated Maneuvering of Teams of Multirotor UAVs,” IEEE Control Systems Magazine, 2015, submitted.
  2. Zuo, Cichella, Xu, and Hovakimyan, “Three-Dimensional Coordinated Path-Following Control for Second-Order Multi-Agent Networks,” Journal of the Franklin Institute, 2015.
  3. Cichella, Kaminer, Dobrokhodov, Xargay, Choe, Hovakimyan, Aguiar, and Pascoal, “Cooperative Path-Following Control of Multiple Multirotors Over Time-Varying Networks,” IEEE Transaction on Automation Science and Engineering, Vol. 12, No. 3, July 2015, pp. 945-957.
  4. Xargay, Kaminer, Pascoal, Hovakimyan, Dobrokhodov, Cichella, Aguiar, and Ghabcheloo, “Time-Critical Cooperative Path Following of Multiple UAVs over Time-Varying Networks,” AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 36, No. 2, March-April 2013, pp. 499-516.
  5. Anderson, Kaminer, Dobrokhodov, Cichella, “Thermal Centering Control for Autonomous Soaring; Stability Analysis and Flight Test Results,” AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 35, No. 3, May-June 2012, pp. 963-975
Conference Papers
  1. Yoon, Cichella, and Hovakimyan, “Robust Adaptive Control Allocation for an Octocopter,” AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference, San Diego, CA, January 2016.
  2. Cichella, Marinho, Stipanovic, Hovakimyan, Trujillo, and Kaminer, “Collision Avoidance Based on Line-of-Sight Angle,” Conference on Decision and Control (CDC), Osaka, Japan, December 2015.
  3. Cichella, Kaminer, Dobrokhodov, and Hovakimyan, “Coordinated Vision-Based Tracking for Multiple UAVs,” Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), Hamburg, Germany, September-October 2015.
  4. Trujillo, Fan, Cross, Hempley, Cichella, Navarro, Mehdi, and Hovakimyan, “Operator Informational Needs for Multiple Autonomous Small Vehicles,” 6th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE 2015) and the Affiliated Conferences, AHFE 2015, Las Vegas, Nevada, July 2015.
  5. Mehdi, Choe, Cichella, and Hovakimyan, “Collision Avoidance through Path Replanning using Bézier Curves,” AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference, Kissimmee, FL, January 2015.
  6. Choe, Puig, Cichella, Xargay, and Hovakimyan, “Trajectory Generation using Spatial Pythagorean Hodograph Bézier Curves,” AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference, Kissimmee, FL, January 2015.
  7. Cichella, Choe, Mehdi, Xargay, Hovakimyan, Kaminer, Dobrokhodov, Pascoal, and Aguiar, “Safe Time-Critical Cooperative Missions for Multiple Multirotor UAVs,” Robotics Science and Systems. Workshop on Distributed Control and Estimation for Robotic Vehicle Networks, Berkeley, CA, July 2014.
  8. Lee, Cichella, Hovakimyan, “L1 Adaptive Output Feedback Augmentation of Model Reference Control,” American Control Conference, Portland, OR, June 2014.
  9. Cichella, Choe, Mehdi, Xargay, Hovakimyan, Trujillo, and Kaminer, “Trajectory Generation and Collision Avoidance for Time-Coordination of UAVs,” AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference, National Harbour, MD, January 2014.
  10. Cichella, Choe, Mehdi, Xargay, Hovakimyan, Kaminer and Dobrokhodov, “A 3D Path-Following Approach for a Multirotor UAV on SO(3),” IFAC RED-UAS, Compiegne, France, November 2013.
  11. Cichella, Kaminer, Dobrokhodov and Hovakimyan, “Cooperative Vision-Based Tracking of Multiple UAVs,” AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference, Boston, MA, August 2013.
  12. Choe, Cichella, Xargay, Hovakimyan, Trujillo, and Kaminer, “A Trajectory-Generation Framework for Time-Critical Cooperative Missions,” in Infotech@Aerospace Conference , Boston, MA, August 2013. AIAA 2013-4582 [pdf][ppt]
  13. Cichella, Kaminer, Xargay, Dobrokhodov, Hovakimyan, Aguiar, Pascoal, “A Lyapunov-based approach for Time-Coordinated 3D Path-Following of Multiple Quadrotors,” IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC) , Maui, Hawaii, Dec. 2012.
  14. Cichella, Naldi, Dobrokhodov, Kaminer, Marconi, “On 3D Path-Following Control of a Ducted-Fan UAV on SO(3),” IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC) , Orlando, Florida, Dec. 2011.
  15. Cichella, Kaminer, Dobrokhodov, Xargay, Hovakimyan, Pascoal, “Geometric 3D Path-Following Control for a Fixed-Wing UAV on SO(3),” AIAA-2011-6415 AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference (GNC), Portland, Oregon, Aug. 2011.