Research Group for Professor How

Faculty contact: Jonathan P. How

ACL Journal and Conference papers

Group Photo (circa 5/23/2008)

Current Post Doctoral Associates, Ph.D., and S.M. Students

Graduate Students  
Josh Redding MIT AA PhD - Health Aware Activity Planning for Multiple UAVs
Alborz Geramifard MIT AA PhD - Online Learning within Cooperative Planning
Brandon Luders MIT AA PhD - Robust Planning and Control for Agile Robotics for Logistics
Buddy Michini MIT AA PhD - DCAP Planning Under Uncertainty
N. Kemal Ure MIT AA PhD - Mult-Vehicle Health Management
Sameera Ponda MIT AA PhD - Modeling Synergies in Large Human-Machine Networked Systems
Daniel Levine MIT AA PhD - Information-rich Planning Algorithms
Luke Johnson MIT AA SM - Asynchronous Consensus-Based Bundle Algorithm (CBBA)
Tuna Toksoz MIT AA SM - Mult-Vehicle Health Management
Mark Cutler MIT AA SM - Variable Pitch Quadrotor for Agile Flight
Andrew Kopeikin MIT AA SM - Onboard Planning System for UAVs Supporting Expeditionary Reconnaissance and Surveillance, OPS-USERS
Trevor Campbell MIT AA SM - Nonparametric Bayesian Models to Represent Knowledge and Uncertainty for Decentralized Planning
Beipeng Mu MIT AA SM - Information exploitation strategies for distributed sensing

Graduated Students

Georges Aoude
MIT AA
MIT AA PhD (Aug 2011)
Threat Assessment for Safe Navigation in Environments with Uncertainty in Predictability
Aditya Undurti
MIT AA
MIT AA PhD (June 2011)
Planning under Uncertainty and Constraints for Teams of Autonomous Agents
Albert Wu
MIT AA
MIT AA SM (May 2011)
Guaranteed Avoidance of Unpredictable, Dynamically Constrained Obstacles using Velocity Obstacle Sets
Josiah VanderMey
MIT AA
MIT AA SM (May 2011)
A Tilt Rotor UAV for Long Endurance Operations in Remote Environments
Justin Teo
MIT AA
MIT AA ScD (Feb 2011)
Gradient Projection Anti-windup Scheme
Vishnu Desaraju
MIT AA
MIT AA SM (Aug 2010)
Decentralized Path Planning for Multiple Agents in Complex Environments using Rapidly-exploring Random Trees
Andrew Whitten
MIT AA
MIT AA SM (Aug 2010)
Cooperative Consensus Based Bundle Algorithms
Kenneth Lee
MIT AA
MIT AA SM (Aug 2010)
Visibility Optimization for Path Planning
Daniel Levine
MIT AA
MIT AA SM (June 2010)
Information-Theoretic Path Optimization
Brett Bethke
MIT AA
MIT PhD (Feb 2010)
Kernel-Based Approximate Dynamic Programming Using Bellman Residual Elimination
Buddy Michini
MIT AA
MIT AA SM (Aug 2009)
Adaptive Flight Control Experiments on RAVEN
Cameron Fraser
MIT AA
MIT AA SM (June 2009)
Consensus on Networks with Uncertainty
Frantisek Sobolic
MIT AA
MIT SM (June 2009)
Nonlinear Flight Control of UAVs
Karl Kulling
MIT AA
MIT SM (June 2009)
Embedding Communication Constraints in the UAV Task Assignment Algorithm
Han-Lim Choi
MIT AA
MIT PhD (Feb 2009)
Adaptive Sampling and Forecasting With Mobile Sensor Networks
Luca Bertuccelli
MIT AA
MIT PhD (Sept 2009)
Robust Decision-Making with Model Uncertainty in Aerospace Systems
Emily Craparo
MIT AA
MIT PhD (Sept 2008)
Cooperative Exploration under Communication Constraints
Spencer Ahrens
MIT ME
MIT SM (June 2008)
Vision-Based Guidance and Control of a Hovering Vehicle in Unknown Environments
Brandon Luders
MIT AA
MIT SM (June 2008)
Robust Trajectory Planning for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Uncertain Environments
Gaston Fiore
MIT AA
MIT SM (June 2008)
A Robust Motion Planning Approach for Autonomous Driving in Urban Areas
Matthew M. Jeffrey
MIT AA
MIT SM (June 2008)
Closed-loop Control of Spacecraft Formations with Applications on SPHERES
Jim McGrew
MIT AA
MIT SM (June 2008)
Real-Time Maneuvering Decisions for Autonomous Air Combat
Louis Breger
MIT AA
MIT PhD (June 2008)
Control of Spacecraft in Proximity Orbits
Mehdi Alighanbari
MIT AA
MIT AA PhD (August 2007)
Robust and Decentralized Task Assignment Algorithms for UAVs
Georges Aoude
MIT AA
MIT AA SM (August 2007)
Two-Stage Path Planning Approach for Designing Multiple Spacecraft Reconfiguration Maneuvers and Application to SPHERES onboard ISS
Geoffrey Huntington
MIT AA
MIT PhD
Advancement and Analysis of a Gauss Pseudospectral Transcription for Optimal Control Problems
Mario Valenti
MIT EE
MIT PhD (June 2007)
Approximate Dynamic Programming with Applications in Multi-Agent Systems
Dan Dale
MIT EE
MIT MEng (June 2007)
Automated Ground Maintenance and Health Management for Autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
John Griffith
MIT AA
MIT AA SM (June 2007)
Attitude and Path Planning Algorithms for Target Tracking using Multiple Spacecraft
Yoshiaki Kuwata
MIT AA
MIT PhD (Feb 2007)
Trajectory Planning for Unmanned Vehicles using Robust Receding Horizon Control
Kieran Culligan
MIT AA
MIT S.M. thesis (Aug 2006)
Nap of the Earth Trajectory Design using MILP
Michael J. Matczynski
MIT EE
MIT MEng thesis (June 2006)
Avionics and Software for a Distributed Multi-UAV Testbed
Milan Mandic
MIT AA
MIT S.M. thesis (June 2006)
Decentralized navigation
Currently a PhD student at UCLA
Henry de Plinval
MIT AA
MIT S.M. thesis (Feb 2006)
Distributed Navigation Algorithms Currently working at ESA
Tom Schouwenaars
MIT AA
MIT AA PhD (Dec 2005)
Safe Trajectory Planning of Autonomous Vehicles
Ian Garcia
MIT AA
MIT S.M. thesis (June 2005)
Nonlinear Trajectory Optimization with Path Constraints Applied to Spacecraft Reconfiguration Maneuvers Research staff at Draper.
Thomas Chabot
MIT AA
MIT S.M. thesis (June 2005)
Integrated Navigation Architecture Analysis for Moon and Mars Exploration
Eric Prigge
SU AA
Stanford AA PhD (Dec 2005)
A Positioning System with No Line-of-sight Restrictions For Cluttered Environments
Research Scientist for Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems & Solutions
Arthur Richards
MIT AA
MIT Ph.D. thesis (Dec 2005)
Robust Constrained Model Predictive Control
Lecturer in Controls and Dynamics, Dept. of Aerospace Engineering, University of Bristol
Ellis King
MIT AA
MIT S.M. thesis (Aug 2004)
Distributed Coordination and Control Experiments on a Multi-UAV Testbed
Research staff at Draper.
Chung Tin
MIT ME
MIT S.M. thesis (Aug 2004)
Robust Multi-UAV Planning in Dynamic and Uncertain Environments
Currently a PhD student at MIT
Megan Mitchell
MIT AA
MIT S.M. thesis (June 2004)
CDGPS-Based Relative Navigation for Multiple Spacecraft
Research staff at Draper.
Louis Breger
MIT AA
MIT S.M. thesis (June 2004)
Model Predictive Control for Formation Flying Spacecraft
Currently a PhD student at MIT
Mehdi Alighanbari
MIT AA
MIT S.M. thesis (June 2004)
Task Assignment Algorithms for Teams of UAVs in Dynamic Environments
Currently a PhD student at MIT
Luca Bertuccelli
MIT AA
MIT S.M. thesis (June 2004)
Robust Planning for Heterogeneous UAVs in Uncertain Environments
Currently a PhD student at MIT
Yoshiaki Kuwata
MIT AA
MIT S.M. thesis (June 2003)
Real-time Trajectory Design for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles using Receding
Horizon Control
- Currently a PhD student at MIT
Franz Busse
SU AA
Stanford University Ph.D. thesis (Jan 2003)
Precise Formation-State Estimation in Low Earth Orbit Using Carrier Differential GPS
Currently a Research Scientist at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory.
Philip Ferguson
MIT AA
MIT S.M. thesis (Jan 2003)
Distributed Estimation and Control Technologies for Formation Flying Spacecraft
Currently a PhD student at MIT with Prof. Newman
Trent Yang
MIT AA
MIT S.M. thesis (June 2003)
Optimal thruster selection with robust estimation for formation flying applications
Nicholas Pohlman
MIT AA
MIT S.M. thesis (Aug 2002)
Estimation and Control of a Multi-Vehicle Testbed Using GPS Doppler Sensing
Currently a student at Northwestern University
John Bellingham
MIT AA
MIT S.M. thesis (Aug 2002)
Coordination and Control of UAV Fleets using Mixed-Integer Linear Programming
Currently works for the Canadian Space Agency at NASA JSC
Luis Rodrigues
SU AA
Stanford University Ph.D. thesis (June 2002)
Dynamic Output Feedback Synthesis of Piece-wise Affine Systems
Assistant Professor at Concordia University
Arthur Richards
MIT AA
MIT S.M. thesis (June 2002)
Trajectory Optimization using Mixed-Integer Linear Programming
Currently Ph.D. student at MIT
Michael Tillerson
MIT AA
MIT S.M. thesis (June 2002)
Coordination and Control of Multiple Spacecraft using Convex
Optimization Techniques
Currently at Lockheed Martin (Dallas).
Chan-Woo Park
SU ME
Stanford University Ph.D. thesis (June 2001)
Precise Relative Navigation using Augmented CDGPS (See also)
Currently works for Samsung, Soeul, Korea.
Bruce Woodley
SU EE
Stanford University Ph.D. thesis (Jan 2001)
Model-Free Subspace-Based H-infinity Control
Andrew Robertson
SU AA
Stanford University Ph.D. thesis (June 2001)
Spacecraft Formation Flying: Theory and Experiment
Currently a Senior Engineer for Hughes Aircraft Company, Space
and Communications Group
Heidi Schubert
SU AA
Stanford University Ph.D. thesis (Dec 2000)
Impedance Control of Flexible Macro/Mini Manipulators
Currently a Senior Engineer for Real-Time Innovations
Thomas Pare
SU ME
Stanford University Ph.D. thesis (Dec 2000)
Passivity Based Analysis and Control of Nonlinear Systems
Currently a Senior Engineer for Voyan
Arash Hassibi
SU EE
Stanford University Ph.D. thesis (Aug 2000)
Lyapunov Methods in the Analysis of Complex Dynamical Systems
[Joint advisor with Professor Boyd at Stanford EE]
Tobe Corazzini
(now Tobe Haywood)
SU AA
Stanford University Ph.D. thesis (Aug 2000)
Onboard Pseudolite Augmentation For Spacecraft Formation Flying
Currently a Senior Software Engineer for Real-Time Innovations
John Carl Adams
SU AA
Stanford University Ph.D. thesis (Dec 1999)
Robust GPS Attitude Determination for Spacecraft
Currently at Research Engineer at NASA GSFC
Eric Olsen

SU AA
Stanford University Ph.D. thesis (Dec 1999) [reproduction quality relatively poor]
CDGPS Sensing for Formation Flying Vehicles
Senior Professional Staff Member at John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Hong Song Bae

SU ME
Stanford University Engineering Thesis (Aug 1999)
Active Vibration Isolation and Alignment Issues for LIGO
Currently a Ph.D. candidate at Stanford University
Bijan Sayyarrodsari
SU EE
Stanford University Ph.D. thesis (July 1999)
Estimation-Based Adaptive Filtering and Control
Currently a Senior Research Engineer at Pavilion Technologies
Sungyung Lim
SU AA
Stanford University Ph.D. thesis (Jan 1999)
Analysis and Control of Linear Parameter-varying Systems.
Senior Researcher at Draper
David Banjerdpongchai
SU EE
Stanford University Ph.D. thesis (Oct 1997)
Parametric Robust Controller Synthesis Using Linear Matrix Inequalities
Currently an Assistant Professor in the Control Systems Research Laboratory,
Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.
H. D. Stevens
SU AA
Stanford University Ph.D. thesis (July 1997)
Manipulation of a Free-Floating Object Using A Macro/Mini-Manipulator
With Structural Flexibility

Currently a Senior Engineering Specialist, Space Systems/Loral
E. Harris Teague
SU AA
Stanford University Ph.D. thesis (June 1997)
Flexible Structure Estimation and Control using the Global Positioning System
Currently a Senior Project Engineer at Qualcomm.

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February 18, 2011