Aerospace Controls Laboratory

Welcome to ACL

We research topics related to autonomous systems and control design for aircraft, spacecraft, and ground vehicles. Theoretical research is pursued in areas such as:

  • Decision making under uncertainty
  • Path planning, activity, and task assignment
  • Estimation and navigation
  • Robust control, adaptive control, and model predictive control
  • Machine learning and reinforcement learning methods

Recent News

ACL Brings Home Awards at IROS 2019

Two papers from ACL were finalists for awards at IROS 2019, and one took home the award! Congrats, Michael and Jesus!

Best Paper Award on Cognitive Robotics
Best Paper Award on Safety, Security, and Rescue Robotics

Michael Everett featured in MIT News

Michael Everett was featured in MIT News for his work on autonomous last-mile delivery. He is also presenting his work this week at IROS 2019. Congrats, Michael!


Jesus Tordesillas featured in MIT News

MIT News featured the work of ACL Graduate Student, Jesus Tordesillas, on agile drone flight. His algorithm, FASTER, prevents drones from crashing while flying at high speeds.


Lena Downes featured in MIT News

ACL Graduate student, Lena Downes, was recently featured in an MIT News article discussing the future of space exploration. Her work on camera-based navigation methods for lunar landings was highlighted during an MIT celebration for the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.


Red Arrows Visit ACL

The RAF Aerobatics Team, the Red Arrows, performed along the Boston waterfront as part of their North American Tour. Afterward, they stopped by the ACL and spoke with Professor How about ACL’s own formation flying!

Rose Wang featured in MIT News

MIT News Article on the MIT Machine Intelligence Community features ACL SuperUROP, Rose Wang. She discusses why she joined the MIC as well as her work with ACL.