We are always looking for exceptional PhD students (and extraordinary MS students) with creative skills and a solid background in systems and control. These students are expected to perform high quality scholarly work on our research focus areas stated above. Our intention is to give a strong guidance to maximize the chances of our students for building a rewarding career. If you are interested in joining the LACIS to do transformative discoveries to make the impossible happen, please send an email to Dr. Tansel Yucelen and include 1) your curriculum vitae; 2) a concise paragraph explaining your theoretical and experimental experience related to systems and control; 3) a list of your undergraduate and graduate courses taken (with your grades) related to systems and control; and 4) one of your (published) papers. Please also include contact information (name, affiliation, and email) of your current advisor and at least one other reference.
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Adaptive Flight Control of NASA AirSTAR Vehicle
Dynamic Data Driven Environment Monitoring
Feedback Control as a K-12 Project
Excellence in Teaching Award for Dr. Yucelen
3/30/18: LACIS receives a new $233,000 DARPA SBIR Phase II grant through OptoXense (Optimal Adaptive Control Architecture Development for TBCC Engines Integrated with MIPCC).
1/29/18: Dr. Yucelen receives the 2017 College of Engineering Junior Outstanding Research Achievement Award, University of South Florida.
1/18/18: Dr. Yucelen named as a Senior Member for the IEEE (less than 9% of IEEE members achieves this level of professional recognition).
11/8/17: Mr. Ehsan Arabi has been selected as a finalist in the 2018 AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference Graduate Student Paper Competition with his paper entitled On Set-Theoretic Model Reference Adaptive Control of Uncertain Dynamical Systems Subject to Actuator Dynamics (E. Arabi and T. Yucelen). Congratulations Ehsan!
9/5/17: LACIS receives a new $30,000 Missile Defense Agency SBIR Phase I grant through OptoXense (Developing an Adaptive TVC System for High-G Propulsion Control in Missile Interceptors).
11/6/17: Mr. Ali Albattat has been successfully defended his dissertation entitled Event-Triggering Architectures for Adaptive Control of Uncertain Dynamical Systems. Congratulations Ali!
11/3/17: LACIS introduces the FoRCE - Forum on Robotics and Control Engineering (http://force.eng.usf.edu/). The mission of the FoRCE sponsored by the University of South Florida is simple: Provide free, high-quality outreach events and online seminars in order to reach broader robotics and control engineering communities around the globe. To support this mission, we periodically invite distinguished lecturers to the FoRCE to give talks on recent research and/or education results related to robotics and control engineering. As a consequence, the FoRCE aims in connecting academicians and government/industry researchers/practitioners with each other through crosscutting basic and applied research and education discussions.
11/2/17: Dr. Yucelen becomes the General Session Co-Chair on the Planning and Advisory Board for the Aerospace Control and Guidance Systems Committee (ACGSC, http://www.acgsc.org/).
10/17/17: Dr. Yucelen becomes the Social Media Vice Chair for the IFAC Technical Committee on Adaptive and Learning Systems.
9/5/17: LACIS receives a new $30,000 DARPA SBIR Phase I grant through OptoXense (Optimal Adaptive Control Architecture Development for TBCC Engines Integrated with MIPCC).
9/1/17: LACIS receives a new $60,000 grant from ARO (Multiagent Coordination over Prescribed Time Intervals: System-Theoretic Foundations and Distributed Control).
8/30/17: Dr. Yucelen receives University of South Florida Incentive Award in recognition of exemplary effort in applying for grant funding (third time in a row).
6/1/17: AFOSR proposal System-Theoretic Principles and Decentralized Sensor Network and Control Algorithms for Dynamic Data-Driven Situational Awareness and Response has been awarded - A twelve month, $70,000 grant will help Dr. Yucelen (Principal Investigator) and his collaborator, Dr. Sarangapani, to establish the fundamental basis of a novel integrated multiagent estimation and control framework for enabling correct, reliable, and communication-efficient dynamic data-driven situational awareness and response applications.
5/1/17: AFRL proposal Verification and Validation of Adaptive Hypersonic Vehicle Control Algorithms has been awarded - A two year, $185,000 grant will help the Principal Investigator Yucelen and his two doctoral students, Benjamin C. Gruenwald and K. Merve Dogan, to develop tools and methods to understand the fundamental interplay between the stability of adaptive flight control algorithms, system uncertainties, and unmodeled system dynamics in order to establish verifiable and validatable intelligent hypersonic vehicle control algorithms with robustness and performance guarantees.
5/1/17: Dr. Yucelen and LACIS will organize Mini-Workshop on Control Theory at the University of South Florida, which includes 11 talks (click here for agenda) - Our special guests include Dr. Michael Malisoff and Dr. Yasin Yalcin.
4/15/17: Dr. Yucelen and Dr. Muse (Air Force Research Laboratory) will organize the invited session entitled Verification and Validation of Adaptive Systems at the 2018 AIAA SciTech (Participants: S. A. Nivison, P. P. Khargonekar, D. Famularo, S. Whitney, J. Valasek, M. Bolender, B. C. Gruenwald, K. M. Dogan, J. E. Gaudio, A. M. Annaswamy, E. Lavretsky, K. Zhang, M. A. Demetriou, E. Arabi, S. B. Sarsilmaz, M. Nazari, E. Butcher, M. Maadani, J. Quindlen, U. Topcu, G. Chowdhary, J. How, Y. Sheng, G. Tao, C. Petersen, F. Sorrentino, R. Fierro, M. J. Balas, J. Angelov, Y. Yoon, E. N. Johnson, A. Pimienta-Penalver, L. Tsai, J. N. Juang, J. Crassidis, S. N. Balakrishnan, B. Fu, T. Clawson, S. Ferrari, N. Nguyen, K. Hashemi, M. Fravolini, M. Yayla, A. T. Kutay, B. T. Thomsen, N. Zhang, A. Ansari, D. S. Bernstein, B. K. Chandrasekaran, J. E. Steck, M. Deniz, J. S. Lift, T. S. Sowers, A. K. Owen, C. Spiers).
1/25/17: Dr. Yucelen named as a Senior Member for the AIAA based on his demonstrated successful professional practice.
12/22/16: Dr. Yucelen named as an Excellent Reviewer for the AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics based on the quality of his reviews and service.
10/19/16: Dr. Yucelen received the prestigious Aerospace Control and Guidance Systems Committee Dave Ward Memorial Lecture Award, where this award recognizes Dr. Yucelen's outstanding contributions to the field of adaptive control.
10/7/16: Dr. Yucelen initiates the Guidance, Navigation, and Control Listserv - a communication tool for researchers and educators in the Guidance, Navigation, and Control field. Its purpose is to distribute Guidance, Navigation, and Control news and announcements to subscribers on its server. Specifically, after subscribing to this listserv, a subscriber can simply email to firstname.lastname@example.org for distributing intended message, where all other subscribed people will receive this message via email. To subscribe, either click this link or send an email to email@example.com with no text on the subject line but write "subscribe gnc" without quotation marks to the body of your email (click here for a sample).
9/19/16: Dr. Yucelen became a member of the National Academy of Inventors in recognition of advanced technological development and innovation.
9/1/16: NSF proposal Collaborative Research: Resilient Decentralized Estimation and Control for Cooperative Rigid Body Multivehicle Systems has been awarded - A three year, $500,000 grant will help the Principal Investigators Yucelen and Butcher to significantly advance autonomous navigation and control capabilities for cooperative multivehicle systems by incorporating realistic vehicle and communication models and resilient decentralized estimation and control strategies.
8/7/16: Dr. Yucelen joins the Mechanical Engineering Department of the University of South Florida as an Assistant Professor, where he will establish and direct the Laboratory for Autonomy, Control, Information, and Systems (LACIS) - He had three extremely fruitful years at the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department of the Missouri University of Science and Technology as an Assistant Professor, where he established and directed the Advanced Systems Research Laboratory (ASRL).
8/7/16: Doctoral students Ehsan Arabi, Merve Dogan, Benjamin Gruenwald, and Dzung Tran join the Mechanical Engineering Department of the University of South Florida as Graduate Research Assistants, where they will continue to conduct research at the LACIS of Dr. Yucelen - They formerly conducted high-quality and high-impact research at the ASRL of Dr. Yucelen at the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department of the Missouri University of Science and Technology.
6/23/16: Dr. Yucelen received the prestigious American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Technical Contribution Award by the St. Louis Section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, where this award recognizes Dr. Yucelen's contributions on the creation of novel flight control synthesis and analysis algorithms.
6/6/16: Dr. Yucelen and Dr. Muse (Air Force Research Laboratory) will organize the invited session entitled Verification and Validation of Adaptive Systems at the 2017 AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference (Participants: E. Lavretsky, B. Gruenwald, D. Famularo, J. Valasek, M. Bolender, Y. Yoon, E. Johnson, M. Rafi, J. Steck, A. Chakravarthy, H. Hussain. C. Subedi, A. Annaswamy, E. Arabi, C. Heise, G. Falconi, F. Holzapfel, N. Nguyen, S. Swei, G. Chowdhary, M. Balas, A. Noriega, R. Anderson, M. Spetzler, A. Narang-Siddarth, K. Rajagopal, S. N. Balakrishnan, R. Avram, X. Zhang, M. Clark, M. Yayla, A. Kutay, Y. Yildiz, R. Sipahi, K. M. Dogan, D. McNeely).
4/11/16: During Spring 2016, Dr. Yucelen gave numerous invited seminars at various institutions including but not limited to University of South Florida, University of Maryland, Virginia Tech, University of Arizona, University of Michigan, University of Florida, and Missouri University of Science and Technology
3/21/16: Dr. Yucelen becomes the Aircraft Guidance, Navigation, and Control Technical Area Chair for the 2017 AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference
3/21/16: Dr. Yucelen becomes the Student Paper Competition Chair for the 2017 AIAA Infotech@Aerospace Conference
2/10/16: IEEE Control Systems Society education and outreach proposal Control Systems Webinars: Reaching Broader Control Systems Community Around the Globe has been awarded - This grant will help Dr. Yucelen (Principle Investigator) and his collaborator, Dr. Bristow, to organize web-based control systems webinars through the Control Systems Forum that will be distributed openly around the world for dissemination of new research results, education perspectives, and applications of systems and control (click here to see and watch all past seminars now!)
11/22/15: Dr. Yucelen gave an invited seminar on current status and challenges in distributed information fusion and control at the Army Science Planning and Strategy Meeting on Distributed and Collaborative Intelligent Systems
10/8/15: Dr. Yucelen gave an invited seminar on multiobjective adaptive control at the Aerospace Control and Guidance Systems Committee
10/1/15: Dr. Yucelen's novel Control Systems Forum education and outreach initiative appears in IEEE Control Systems Magazine news (click here)!
8/25/15: Air Force Research Laboratory proposal Verification and Validation of Adaptive Systems for Hypersonic Vehicles has been awarded - A four month, $25,000 grant will help Dr. Yucelen (Principal Investigator) to establish formal metrics for several existing and under-developed adaptive flight control systems in order to ensure guaranteed hypersonic vehicle stability and performance in the presence of unmodeled system dynamics
6/5/15: NASA proposal Learning Algorithms for Preserving Safe Flight Envelope under Adverse Aircraft Conditions has been awarded - A three year, $1,125,000 grant ($750,000 from NASA and $375,000 from cost share) will help Dr. Yucelen (Principal Investigator) and his collaborators, Drs. Balakrishnan, Steck, and Chakravarthy, to develop and flight test advanced learning algorithms for resilient flight control and support of pilot decision-making
6/5/15: NASA proposal Active Wing Shaping Control for Morphing Aircraft has been awarded - A three year, $405,000 grant ($270,000 from NASA through Wichita State University and $125,000 from cost share) will help Dr. Yucelen (Principal Investigator) and his collaborators, Drs. Balakrishnan, Steck, and Chakravarthy, to design and develop certifiable control laws for active wing shaping of the VCCTEF aircraft
5/30/15: Drs. N. Ahmed, D. Casbeer, T. Yucelen, W. Whitacre, and D. Clarke will organize the workshop entitled Large-Scale Bayesian Data Fusion and Consensus at the IEEE International Conference on Multisensor Fusion and Integration for Intelligent Systems
5/10/15: Dr. Yucelen received the prestigious Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award by the Oak Ridge Associated Universities, where this award represents public recognition of the quality and promise of research
4/11/15: Dr. Yucelen has been awarded by the AFOSR Summer Faculty Fellowship Program and will be spending the summer at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Eglin AFB in Florida
4/11/15: Our graduate students Dzung Tran and John Daniel Peterson have been awarded by the prestigious AFOSR Summer Faculty Fellowship Program and will be spending the summer working with Dr. Yucelen at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Eglin AFB in Florida
4/11/15: Our graduate students Benjamin Gruenwald and Daniel Wagner have been awarded to spend their summer at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, OH
3/21/15: Dr. Yucelen becomes the Student Paper Competition Chair for the 2016 AIAA Infotech@Aerospace Conference
10/31/14: "Bounded hybrid connectivity control of networked multiagent systems" by De La Torre, Yucelen, and Johnson is listed in the Top 50 Most Popular Articles, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
10/17/14: Dr. Yucelen received the Class of 1942 Excellence in Teaching Award by the Miner Alumni Association of the Missouri University of Science and Technology
9/1/14: Dr. Yucelen's novel Control Systems Forum education and outreach initiative appears in ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division news (click here)!
5/30/14: Dr. Yucelen will organize a workshop entitled Emerging Frontiers in Adaptive Systems and Learning at the 2014 American Control Conference with Drs. Bozenna Pasik-Duncan (UK), Anuradha Annaswamy (MIT), Naira Hovakimyan (UIUC), Susan Frost (NASA), and Margareta Stefanovic (UW), which uniquely integrates research and K-12 outreach such that participants and speakers will interact with middle and high school students and share cool demonstrations
5/30/14: Dr. Yucelen will participate The Beauty of Controls: Workshop for Middle and High School Students and Teachers at the 2014 American Control Conference and give an invited seminar entitled What is Control? (see photos)
5/19/14: Dr. Yucelen has been awarded by the Aerospace Systems (RQ) Summer Faculty Fellowship Program and will be spending the summer at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, OH
5/19/14: Our graduate student Benjamin Gruenwald has been awarded by the prestigious Aerospace Systems (RQ) Summer Faculty Fellowship Program and will be spending the summer working with Dr. Yucelen at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, OH
5/12/14: We welcome high school students Richard Rakus and Bryant Nelson (successful participants of the 2014 Summer Research Academy program) to participate in our research during the summer
4/10/14: On Dr. Yucelen's 30th birthday, he will give an invited seminar on autonomy at the University of Kansas
4/7/14: "Output feedback adaptive stabilization and command following for minimum phase dynamical systems with unmatched uncertainties and disturbances" by Drs. Yucelen and Haddad is listed in the Editor's Choice Articles (click here), International Journal of Control
3/30/14: Dr. Yucelen introduces a novel education and outreach initiative entitled Control Systems Forum, which is dedicated to the dissemination and discussion of new research results, education perspectives, and applications of systems and control online at no cost, and it also enables individuals from academia, government and industry to follow the state-of-the-art approaches from experts in control systems (click here to see and watch all past seminars now!)
1/15/14: Our graduate student John Daniel Peterson's research topic (mobile sensor networks) is awarded by the NASA-Missouri Space Grant Consortium fellowship
12/31/13: During Fall 2013, Dr. Yucelen gave numerous invited seminars including but not limited to NASA Ames, Air Force Research Laboratory Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Boeing at St. Louis, Southern Illinois University, and ASME Chapter Meeting at the Missouri University of Science and Technology
9/16/13: New special issue announcement: Extensions of reinforcement learning and adaptive control (Acta Automatica Sinica) by Drs. Lewis, Dixon, Yucelen, and Hou
9/2/13: Workshop of Dr. Yucelen entitled Intelligent Planning and Control (jointly with Drs. Chowdhary, Johnson, Lewis, Geramifard, How, Dixon, and Walsh) is accepted to 2013 IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (click here)
8/11/13: Dr. Yucelen and Dr. Johnson (Georgia Institute of Technology) will organize the invited session entitled Advances in Adaptive Control: Stability, Performance, and Robustness at the 2013 AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference (Participants: A. J. Calise, E. Lavretsky, I. Kolmanovsky, J. How, W. Haddad, F. Lewis, D. Bernstein, S. Balakrishnan, F. Holzapfel, M. Balas, M. Stefanovic, A. Annaswamy, W. Dixon, N. Hovakimyan, J. Muse, V. Stepanyan, S. Frost, K. Krishnakumar, N. Nguyen, J. Steck, M. Yu, Y. Rahman, E. Atkins, M. Bichlmeier, E. Xargay, M. Leitao, C. Heise, G. Chowdhary, S. Schatz, M. Muhlegg, W. Fichter, R. Choe, H. Vogel, R. Chandramohan)
8/9/13: "Low-frequency learning and fast adaptation in model reference adaptive control" by Drs. Yucelen and Haddad is listed in the Top 25 Most Popular Articles, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
8/7/13: Dr. Yucelen's Erdös number (http://www.oakland.edu/enp/) is four through the connected path Erdös - Harold - Blondel - Egerstedt - Yucelen
8/5/13: Dr. Yucelen joins the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department of the Missouri University of Science and Technology as an Assistant Professor, where he will establish and direct the Advanced Systems Research Laboratory (ASRL)