I am an Assistant Professor with the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park – the flagship institution of the University System of Maryland. I am the director of the Collaborative Controls and Robotics Laboratory, where we utilize control theory to develop coordination algorithms for multi-agent systems that provide performance guarantees in a scalable way. We explore a diverse field of applications, including intuitive robot swarm manipulation, characterization and modeling of cooperation in human-human motor tasks, guaranteed coordinated capture in multi-pursuer evasion problems, wind field monitoring for power generation, and ultra-minimally invasive surgical procedures using magnetically steered vehicles.
I believe in interdisciplinary research, and have extensive experience collaborating with others. I have standing collaborations with individuals in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UMD, the School of Public Health at UMD, Weinberg Medical Physics, Inc., and the Weapons, Robotics, and Control Engineering Department at the U.S. Naval Academy. Before joining the faculty at UMD, I was a senior professional engineer at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL), the nation’s largest university-affiliated research center, where I had the opportunity to collaborate with multiple researchers and engineers eon problems related to control design for aerodynamic vehicles, adaptive optics for atmospheric turbulence metrology, and trajectory classification and prediction using machine learning. As a graduate student at the GRITS Lab at Georgia Tech, I collaborated with individuals in the Georgia Tech Schools of Mathematics and Aerospace Engineering, Rockwell Collins, Inc., and the HyNeSs Lab from Boston University.