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Spring 2016 GRASP Seminar Series: Nina Mahmoudian, Michigan Technological University, “Autonomous Power Distribution System for Persistent Operation”

February 5, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Success of numerous long-term robotic network missions in space, air, ground, and water is measured by the ability of the robots to operate for extended time in highly dynamic and potentially hazardous operating environments. Persistent operation and observation in the presence of continuously changing environmental circumstances face key science and technology challenges. The problem comes down to collective power management and energy maintenance.

This talk will describe efforts in developing a roadmap to achieve continuous autonomy that advances unmanned systems ability to perform autonomous long-term missions. The goal is to provide practical solutions by lowering deployment and operating costs, while also increasing efficiency, endurance and persistence during complex missions like disaster responses and long-term science discoveries.


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Dr. Nina Mahmoudian is an assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering at Michigan Tech since January 2011. She is the founding director of the Nonlinear and Autonomous Systems Laboratory (NAS Lab). Her research interests lie in the area of robotics, controls, and cyber-physical systems.

Dr. Mahmoudian is a recipient of the 2015 NSF-CAREER and 2015 ONR-YIP awards. Before joining Michigan Tech, she was a research associate with Collective Dynamics and Control Laboratory (CDCL) in the Aerospace Engineering department at University of Maryland. Mahmoudian received her Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2009. She has authored more than 20 peer-reviewed journal and conference publications. She is a member of SWE, AIAA, IEEE, and ASME.


February 5, 2016
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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