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AE 590 Seminar: Control Barrier Functions under Input Constraints and Uncertainty with Applications to Spacecraft Control

Event Type
Department of Aerospace Engineering
CIF 2035
Nov 14, 2022   4:00 - 5:00 pm  
Dimitra Panagou, Associate Professor, Department of Robotics & Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan
Courtney McLearin
Originating Calendar
Aerospace Engineering Seminars

Abstract: We will present some of our recent results and ongoing work on safety-critical control synthesis under state and time (spatiotemporal) constraints and input constraints, with applications to spacecraft systems and, time permitting, non-cooperative multi-robot systems. The proposed framework aims to eventually develop and integrate adaptive, learning and control methods towards provably-correct and computationally-efficient mission synthesis for multi-agent systems in the presence of constraints and uncertainty.


About the Speaker: Dimitra Panagou received the Diploma and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, in 2006 and 2012, respectively. In September 2014 she joined the Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan as an Assistant Professor. Since July 2022 she is an Associate Professor with the newly established Department of Robotics, with a courtesy “dry” appointment with the Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan. Prior to joining the University of Michigan, she 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).

Dr. Panagou’s research program spans the areas of nonlinear systems and control; multi-agent systems and networks; motion and path planning; human-robot interaction; navigation, guidance, and control of aerospace vehicles. She is particularly interested in the development of provably-correct methods for the safe and secure (resilient) operation of autonomous systems in complex missions, with applications in robot/sensor networks and multi-vehicle systems (ground, marine, aerial, space). Dr. Panagou is a recipient of the NASA Early Career Faculty Award, the AFOSR Young Investigator Award, the NSF CAREER Award, and a Senior Member of the IEEE and the AIAA.

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