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Dr. Tansel Yucelen


Laboratory for Autonomy, Control, Information, and Systems

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Welcome to the Laboratory for Autonomy, Control, Information, and Systems (LACIS). The interdisciplinary research performed by the LACIS at the University of South Florida is focused on the discovery of novel control, information, and decision algorithms that reveal next generation intelligent systems such as highly capable autonomous vehicles and networked multiagent systems. These systems are envisioned to elevate the human society and perform safety-critical operations with more robotic vehicles and less humans. The LACIS Director Dr. Tansel Yucelen places a strong emphasis on both theoretic research and experimentation for addressing fundamental and open real-world technological problems. Our research is particularly focused on 1) adaptive and robust control of safety-critical systems; 2) distributed estimation and control of networked multiagent systems; 3) resilient and secure robotics, autonomous vehicles, human-in-the-loop systems, and cyber-physical systems; and 4) biologically-inspired complex, large-scale, and modular systems.
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In these research focus areas sponsored by NSF, AFOSR, AFRL, NASA, ORAU, and DARPA, people at the LACIS authored more than 170 archival journal and conference publications, gave numerous talks and seminars, have conducted externally supported research, and have performed several technology transitions. In addition, we have closely involved in many innovative education and outreach events such as workshop and invited session organizations and the creation of the novel Control Systems Forum sponsored by IEEE CSS to disseminate new research and education results of systems and control online at no cost. Our aim is to be recognized as one of the top research laboratories around the globe on systems and control by significantly advancing the knowledge through innovative discoveries and training science-based engineers and professionals to shape the future of our society!

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Open Positions

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

Multiplex Networks-Based Spatial Formation Evolution

Adaptive Loop Recovery of UAVRF TwinSTAR Vehicle

Communication-Efficient Data Fusion for Multiple Target Tracking

Feedback Control as a K-12 Project

Excellence in Teaching Award for Dr. Yucelen


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News (Selected)

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 gnc@listserv.usf.edu 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 listserv@listserv.usf.edu 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 - A twelve month, $20,000 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)