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M. Ani Hsieh

M. Ani Hsieh

Deputy Director, GRASP Lab; Graduate Program Chair, ROBO; Associate Professor, MEAM

Ani is interested in problems that lie at the intersection of robotics, dynamical systems theory, and control.  Her work focuses on how robots interact with their environments and how the environment can be leveraged as an energy reservoir for robots.  Ani and her group create new abstractions to describe dynamic environments and design new architectures and algorithms for teams of robots to interact with each other and their environments.  Her work is very interdisciplinary with a strong emphasis on experimental validation.

Research Areas


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Research Groups

Publications

Modular Robot Formation and Routing for Resilient Consensus

Publisher IEEE American Control Conference (ACC)

Nonlinear Synchronization Control for Short-Range Mobile Sensors Drifting in Geophysical Flows

Publisher IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)

Synthesis of a Time-Varying Communication Network by Robot Teams with Information Propagation Guarantees

Publisher IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)

A Topological Approach to Path Planning for a Magnetic Millirobot

Publisher IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS)

Adaptive Sampling and Reduced-Order Modeling of Dynamic Processes by Robot Teams

Publisher IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L)

Evaluating the effectiveness of perspective aware planning with panoramas

Publisher IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)

Team composition for perimeter defense with patrollers and defenders

Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Experiments and open-loop control of multiple catalytic microrobots

Publisher Journal of Micro-Bio Robotics (JMBR)

Exploiting Stochasticity for Navigation in Gyre Flows

Publisher Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS)

Modelling and Simultaneous Control of Multiple Catalytic Microrobots

Publisher Journal of Micro-Bio Robotics (JMBR)

Neural Network Aided Information Theoretic Exploration

Publisher IEEE International Symposium on Safety, Security, and Rescue Robotics (SSRR)

Optimal path planning in time-varying flows using adaptive discretization

Publisher IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L)

Optimal Path Planning in Time-Varying Flows with Forecasting Uncertainties

Publisher IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)

Cooperative prediction of time-varying boundaries with a team of robots

Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Cooperative transport of a buoyant load: A differential geometric approach

Publisher IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS)

Intrusion detection for stochastic task allocation in robot swarms

Publisher IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS)

Optimal paths for polygonal robots in SE(2)

Publisher ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering (IDETC/CIE)

Tracking attracting manifolds in flows

Publisher Autonomous Robots

A triangle histogram for object classification by tactile sensing

Publisher IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS)

Formalizing the impact of diversity on performance in a heterogeneous swarm of robots

Publisher IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)

Fast redistribution of a swarm of heterogeneous robots

Publisher EAI International Conference on Bio-inspired Information and Communications Technologies (BICT)

Special Issue on the 14th International Symposium on Experimental Robotics, 2014

Publisher International Journal of Robotics Research (IJRR)

Students

Kong Yao Chee

PhD, ESE


Fernando Cladera

Robotics MSE '19; PhD, CIS


Victoria Edwards

PhD, MEAM


Spencer Folk

PhD, MEAM


Urara Kono

PhD, ESE


Arjun Kumar

PhD, MEAM


Alice Kate Li

PhD, ESE


Ariella Mansfield

PhD, MEAM


Tahiya Salam

PhD, ESE


Research Staff

Thales Costa Silva

PostDoc, MEAM


Sandeep Manjanna

PostDoc, MEAM


Alumni

Dhanushka Kularatne

PostDoc, MEAM '19


Xi Yu

PostDoc, MEAM '21, Assistant Professor, West Virginia University


M. Ani Hsieh

Research Areas

  • Complex Systems
  • Data-Driven Modeling and Estimation
  • Distributed and Decentralized Control
  • Modular Self-reconfigurable Robots
  • Networked Robots
  • Swarm Robots
  • Distributed Sensing and Estimation