GRASP Special Seminar - Andrzej Banaszuk, Suresh Kannan & Alberto Speranzon, UTRC, "Autonomous And Intelligent Systems At United Technologies Research Center"

Presenter: Andrzej Banaszuk, Suresh Kannan & Alberto Speranzon (Homepage)

Event Dates:
  Wednesday February 15, 2012 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm

* Alternate Location: Levine 307 (3330 Walnut Street)*

We will present UTRC’s research initiative in Autonomous and Intelligent Systems with an emphasis on complex human/machine intelligent systems including unmanned rotorcraft. The research, conducted by a diverse team of researchers in dynamical systems, control, applied mathematics, computer vision, and embedded systems (in partnership with several leading universities including CMU, MIT, Caltech, and BU) includes:

  • Real-time algorithms for dynamic collision avoidance in an obstacle-rich environment using probabilistic roadmaps.
  • Multi-vehicle missions including efficient search algorithms based on ergodic theory methods.
  • Multi-vehicle navigation with imperfect and intermittent sensors in GPS degraded environments.
  • Intelligent system design methodology including architectures for autonomy, formal verification, and stochastic planners.

We will present research problems of interest to UTRC and discuss existing and future career opportunities in the broad area of robotics, with particular focus on perception, machine intelligence, and human-machine interaction.

Presenter's Biography:

Andrzej Banaszuk is a Fellow and a Program Leader of Sikorsky Program Office at United Technologies Research Center. Since joining UTRC in 1997, he has conducted research in analysis, design, and control of dynamical systems applied to jet engines, rotorcraft, electric power networks, and buildings. Since 2000 he has led collaborative multi-university research teams in the area of flow control, control of combustion instabilities, and robust design of large uncertain dynamic networks. He is an author of 41 journal papers, 70 conference papers, and 6 patents. From 1999 to 2002, he was an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions of Controls Systems Technology. He was appointed to serve on the Board of Governors of IEEE Control Systems Society in 2004.  For his work on active and passive control of flow instabilities in jet engines he received IEEE Controls Systems Technology Award in 2007. He became an IEEE Fellow in 2011. He holds Ph.D. in EE from Warsaw University of Technology and in Mathematics from Georgia Institute of Technology.

Suresh Kannan contributed to the formation of the UAV Research Facility at the Georgia Institute of Technology in late 90’s, with the goal of flight testing advanced adaptive control algorithms. His work has been in the areas of model reference adaptive control, systems in cascade, saturation and vision based algorithms for guidance and control. Specific examples include an all envelope 6-DOF adaptive control algorithm for air vehicles. Applications of this work have included some firsts, such as the transition from forward-flight to hover and back of a tilt-body autonomous aircraft, the first vision based formation flight between two UAV’s and the autonomous launch of one rotorcraft from another. His earlier work includes distributed software architectures that enable advanced control algorithms. Other interests include Artificial Intelligence, new hardware-software paradigms for unmanned flight and software/algorithmic systems with stability properties. Suresh earned a MEng in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Manchester, UK, in 1996, Master’s and PhD degrees in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2002 and 2005 respectively. He also spent time as a visiting researcher at Rolls-Royce Commercial Aero Engines, Derby, UK.

Alberto Speranzon received a "Laurea" degree in Computer Engineering from University of Padova, Italy, in November 2000. In May 2006 he received a Ph.D. in Automatic Control from the School of Electrical Engineering, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. Between May 2006 and October 2006 he was post-doc at the same institute. Between November 2006 and August 2008 he was Marie Curie Research Fellow at Unilever R&D Port Sunlight, United Kingdom. During the period 2007 and 2008 he regularly visited the University of California at Berkeley, USA. Currently he is a scientist at United Technologies Research Center, East Hartford, CT, USA. His research interests are in the broad area of distributed computation over networked systems, analysis of large scale systems and adaptive estimation for autonomous vehicles.