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Dr. Tansel Yucelen


Laboratory for Autonomy, Control, Information, and Systems

Dr. Tansel Yucelen, Director of the LACIS

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Dr. Tansel Yucelen is an Assistant Professor of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Director of the LACIS at the University of South Florida. He received the Doctor of Philosophy in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in May 2012. Prior to joining the University of South Florida, he held Research Engineer positions in the School of Aerospace Engineering and the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology from December 2011 to August 2013. He also held Assistant Professor position in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology from August 2013 to August 2016, where he created and directed the Advanced Systems Research Laboratory and the Control Systems Forum. He participated in summer programs at the Air Force Research Laboratory Aerospace System Directorate in Dayton, Ohio, from May 2014 to July 2014 and at the Munitions Directorate in Eglin, Florida from May 2015 to July 2015.

Dr. Yucelen is a member of the National Academy of Inventors in recognition of advanced technological development and innovation, a senior member of the AIAA in recognition of his demonstrated successful professional practice, the recipient of the 2016 ACGSC Dave Ward Memorial Lecture Award for the outstanding contributions to the field of adaptive control, the recipient of the 2016 AIAA Technical Contribution Award for the creation of novel flight control synthesis and analysis algorithms, one of the recipients of the 2015 Oak Ridge Associated Universities Junior Faculty Award for public recognition of the quality and promise of research, and the recipient of the 2014 Class of 1942 Excellence in Teaching Award. His research places a strong emphasis on both theoretic research and experimentation for addressing fundamental and open real-world technological problems. Specifically, his research falls into dynamical systems and controls with specializations in 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, and cyber-physical systems; and 4) biologically-inspired complex, large-scale, and modular systems. He has co-authored more than 170 archival journal and conference publications in these areas and his contributions were implemented on various platforms including AirSTAR of the NASA Langley Research Center (see Dr. Yucelen's YouTube page for videos).

Dr. Yucelen is an active member of the AIAA, ASME, and IEEE societies as well as AIAA Technical Committee on Guidance, Navigation, and Control (invited by Dave Doman and Susan Frost), AIAA Technical Committee on Intelligent Systems (invited by Nhan Nguyen), IEEE Technical Committee on Adaptive Dynamic Programming and Reinforcement Learning (invited by Silvia Ferrari), IEEE Technical Committee on Aerospace Control (invited by Kingsley Fregene), IEEE Technical Committee on Control Education, IEEE Technical Committee on Intelligent Control (invited by Jagannathan Sarangapani), IEEE Technical Committee on System Identification and Adaptive Control, and IFAC Technical Committee on Adaptive and Learning Systems (invited by Fouad Giri). He is also the creator of the
Guidance, Navigation, and Control Listserv - a communication tool for researchers and educators in the Guidance, Navigation, and Control field. Dr. Yucelen's additional professional experiences include organization of 5 workshops and 3 invited sessions at the top scientific and engineering conferences on dynamical systems and controls and various associate editor, conference program committee, conference technical area chair, conference session chair, and reviewer roles.

His personal interests include photography (see Dr. Yucelen's
SmugMug page); playing piano, guitar, bass, and drums; and composing songs (download, for example, Dunya, Dogumgunu, Hayatin Sayfalari, Senin Icin, Dogru Yer Yanlis Zaman, Gitme Kal Yanimda, 4 Mart, and Yanliz Sen for the selected Turkish rock songs composed and signed by Dr. Yucelen). In addition, he has also interviewed with two newpapers regarding the success of the songs he composed (see the interviews at the top Turkish newspapers Radikal and Aksam). He is married with Dr. Gulfem Ipek Yucelen and they have a son, Kurt Tan Yucelen, a daughter, Peri Yucelen, and a maltese dog, Popcorn (see the below photos).

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Members

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Ali Albattat (Ph.D. Candidate, Member Since Spring 2014)

Ali is a graduate student of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. He received the Bachelor of Science and the Master of Science degrees in Mechatronics Engineering from the Baghdad University in 2004 and 2007, respectively. His dynamical systems and controls research specializes in adaptive control, event-triggered control, decentralized control, and distributed control with applications to networked systems, cyber-physical systems, and large-scale complex systems.

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Ehsan Arabi (Ph.D. Candidate, Member Since Spring 2015)

Ehsan is a graduate student of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of South Florida. He received the Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Sharif University of Technology in 2010 and the Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Amirkabir University of Technology in 2013. His dynamical systems and controls research specializes in adaptive control, neuroadaptive control, and distributed control with applications to autonomous vehicles, cyber-physical systems, and multiagent systems.

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Merve Dogan (Ph.D. Candidate, Member Since Fall 2015)

Merve is a graduate student of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of South Florida. She received the Bachelor of Science degree from the Pamukkale University in 2012 and the Master of Science degree from the Izmir Institute of Technology in 2016. Her dynamical systems and controls research specializes in adaptive control, robust control, and convex optimization with applications to robotics, human-machine interactions, and autonomous vehicles.

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Benjamin Gruenwald (Ph.D. Candidate, Member Since Fall 2013)

Benjamin is a graduate student of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of South Florida. He received the Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Valparaiso University in 2013 with minors in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics. His dynamical systems and controls research specializes in adaptive control, robust control, multiobjective control synthesis, convex optimization, and decentralized control with applications to hypersonic vehicles, guided projectiles, and large-scale complex systems.

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Daniel Peterson (Ph.D. Candidate, Member Since Fall 2013)

Daniel is a graduate student of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. He received the Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology in 2012. His dynamical systems and controls research specializes in distributed estimation and cooperative control, graph theory, and event-triggered control with applications to sensor networks, multiagent systems, and dynamic data driven applications systems.

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Burak Sarsilmaz (Ph.D. Candidate, Member Since Fall 2016)

Burak is a graduate student of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of South Florida. He received the Bachelor of Science and the Master of Science degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the Middle East Technical University in 2013 and 2016, respectively. His dynamical systems and controls research specializes in nonlinear control and adaptive control with applications to aerospace systems.

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Dzung Tran (Ph.D. Candidate, Member Since Fall 2014)

Dzung is a graduate student of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of South Florida. He received the Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology in 2014. His dynamical systems and controls research specializes in distributed estimation and cooperative control, graph theory, and multiplex networks with applications to multiagent systems, robotics, and dynamic data driven applications systems.

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Alumni

Daniel Wagner was a student of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, where he received his Master of Science degree in May 2016 under the supervision of Dr. Tansel Yucelen with his thesis entitled "A Linear Matrix Inequality-Based Approach for the Computation of Actuator Bandwidth Limits in Adaptive Control." He is now a Doctor of Philosophy student at the Czech Technical University, Prague, Czech Republic.

Simon Philipp Schatz was a student of the School of Aerospace Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he received his Master of Science degree in May 2012 under the supervision of Dr. Eric N. Johnson and Dr. Tansel Yucelen with his thesis entitled "Constrained Adaptation with Transient and Steady-State Performance Guarantees." He is now a Doctor of Philosophy student at the Technical University of Munich, Munich, Germany.