Decision and Control Group

Decision and Control

How can we create systems that can learn from their environment, take decisions based on what is learned and navigate in this environment autonomously in the face of uncertainty? Decision and Control has considered aspects of these questions for many years. Applications are found everywhere: robotics, economics, biology, manufacturing and other academic fields such as computer science and communications.

Hovakimyan named W. Grafton and Lillian B. Wilkins Professor

Hovakimyan’s research focuses on robotics, game theory, networks of autonomous systems, and theory of robust adaptive control and estimation, as well as control in the presence of limited information.
09/10/2015

CSL Professor, University Scholar, and Schaller Faculty Scholar Naira Hovakimyan (Mechanical Science and Engineering) was recently named the next W. Grafton and Lillian B. Wilkins Professor by the department.

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Bibbidi Bobbidi Bots: ASPIRE to improve lives of senior citizens

The goal of ASPIRE is to develop co-robots that can assist the elderly with activities of daily living and other chores.
08/13/2015

Coordinated Science Lab researcher Naira Hovakimyan, a professor in Mechanical Science and Engineering, has received a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation for a project called “ASPIRE,” short for Automation Supporting Prolonged Independent Residence for the Elderly.

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Hovakimyan receives Society of Women Engineers 2015 Achievement Award

The award recognizes Hovakimyan’s significant contributions to mathematical control theory and its application in safety-critical systems of aerospace, mechanical, electrical, petroleum and biomedical engineering.
08/04/2015

Naira Hovakimyan
Naira Hovakimyan
CSL Professor Naira Hovakimyan has received the Society of Women Engineers 2015 Achievement Award – the society’s highest honor.

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New robotic lawn mowing technology aims to deliver freshly cut yards with little set-up

Junho Yang, 32, a PhD candidate at UIUC, alongside Professor Soon-Jo Chung, Professor Seth Hutchinson and agriculture implement manufacturer John Deere, is working on “an omnidirectional-vision-based system to detect the containment status of a robotic lawn mower.”
07/13/2015

Along with doing the laundry and taking out the trash, mowing the lawn is an inescapable chore of everyday life (at least for anyone with a yard in the summer). Sweltering heat, pesky bugs and lack of time are a few barriers that might deter someone from venturing outside to cut the grass, but technology that will make it possible to circumvent the whole job is nearly finished at the Coordinated Science Lab at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Hutchinson and Engineering at Illinois collaborators awarded $1.5 million to build robot bats

Illinois engineering professors and Brown University biology professors have collaborated together to develop bat-inspired robots to supervise construction sites.
10/14/2014

What started as casual robotics conversations between engineering professors has resulted in a $1.5 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to build mechanical bats for construction sites.

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CSL research team is a 2015 Cozad New Venture Competition Winner

Start-up PSYONIC, the winner of the University funded track, is creating highly advanced prosthetic hands at 10 times less cost to improve the lives of people with amputations worldwide.
05/21/2015

This January marked the beginning of the 15th Annual Cozad New Venture Competition hosted by the Technology Entrepreneur Center at the University of Illinois.  Nearly 100 teams applied for this year’s competition and competed through a series of rounds, including elevator pitches and the submission of portions of the Business Model Canvas.

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Out of Cold War's end, Hovakimyan has emerged as a leading voice in flight control safety

Her work has helped advance work in the stability of flight control systems.
05/21/2015

Naira Hovakimyan has a background as a mathematician, which dates back to humble beginnings in Armenia. Over the last 17 years, however, researchers in the United States have tapped Hovakimyan’s calculations to help advance work in the stability of flight control systems. In March, her research group’s L1 control method was successfully tested in a Learjet plane at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

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Researchers developing solution for GPS-denied environments

CSL researchers are creating algorithms that are able to map an area, even without a solid GPS signal, such as inside a building or in remote areas.
05/07/2015

While the French police in “The DaVinci Code” were able to use a GPS chip to track symbologist Robert Langdon through the Louvre Museum after a curator was murdered, CSL Professor Soon-Jo Chung spoils their fun by noting that technology unfortunately it isn’t quite up to speed with that storyline yet.

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Chung joins JPL mission to capture and redirect asteroids

Aerospace Engineering and CSL Assistant Prof. Soon-Jo Chung is collaborating with Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) experts of NASA/CalTech Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in developing control strategies to capture and redirect a near-Earth asteroid to a stable obit around the moon.
04/23/2015

Aerospace Engineering and CSL Assistant Prof. Soon-Jo Chung is collaborating with Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) experts of NASA/CalTech Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in developing control strategies to capture and redirect a near-Earth asteroid to a stable obit around the moon.

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