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DCL Seminar: Dimitra Panagou - Distributed Coordination and Coverage Control for Multi-Agent Systems in Constrained Environments

Event Type
Decision and Control Laboratory, Coordinated Science Laboratory
CSL Auditorium, Room B02
Mar 30, 2016   3:00 pm  
Dimitra Panagou, Ph.D. University of Michigan
Linda Meccoli
Originating Calendar
CSL Decision and Control Group

Decision and Control Lecture Series

Coordinated Science Laboratory


“Distributed Coordination and Coverage Control for Multi-Agent Systems in Constrained Environments”


Dimitra Panagou, Ph.D.

University of Michigan


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

CSL Auditorium (B02)



“Distributed Coordination and Coverage Control for Multi-Agent Systems in Constrained Environments” 



Control of multi-agent systems and networks has been a popular topic of research with applications in numerous real-world problems involving autonomous unmanned vehicles (ground, marine, aerial, space) and robotic assets. Despite the significant progress over the past few years, we are not yet in place to arbitrarily deploy large-scale systems with prescribed safety and performance guarantees for a variety of applications, such as surveillance and situational awareness in civilian and military environments. Planning, coordination and control for such complex systems is challenging due to non-trivial agent (vehicle, robot) dynamics, restrictions in onboard power, sensing, computation and communication resources, the number of agents in the network, and uncertainty about the environment. In this talk we will present some of our recent results and ongoing work on the safe, semi-cooperative coordination and dynamic coverage control for multiple agents in 3D cluttered environments under sensing and communication constraints and energy limitations.



Dr. Dimitra Panagou received the Diploma and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, in 2006 and 2012, respectively. Since September 2014 she has been an Assistant Professor with the Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan. Prior to joining the University of Michigan, Dr. Panagou was a postdoctoral research associate with the Coordinated Science Laboratory, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (2012-2014), a visiting research scholar with the GRASP Lab, University of Pennsylvania (June 2013, fall 2010) and a visiting research scholar with the University of Delaware, Mechanical Engineering Department (spring 2009). Her research interests include the fields of planning, coordination and distributed control of complex systems, with applications in unmanned aerial systems, robotic networks and autonomous multi-vehicle systems (ground, marine, aerial, space). She is a member of the IEEE and the AIAA.

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