Control and Autonomy

ECSE Controls, Robotics, and Automation

Control, Robotics, and Automation is a vibrant research area in ECSE.  Faculty and researchers in this area are conducting multi-disciplinary cutting-edge research focusing on high impact applications and fundamental methodologies.

Applications: ECSE research in this area is motivated by compelling needs, including human-robot systems, advanced manufacturing, cyber-physical systems, autonomous systems, power systems, thermal management, biological systems, human health, micro-robotics, materials processing.

Methodologies: Research in this area is grounded in fundamental methodologies in complex large-scale systems, network science, formal methods, computer vision, cognitive engineering, machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI).

Multidisciplinary: Control, robotics, and automation is inherently multidisciplinary. ECSE faculty collaborate with researchers in mechanical engineering, industrial and systems engineering, computer science, and cognitive science to develop broad perspective and innovative solutions.  

Sample Projects (supported by NSF, ARO, ONR, NASA, DOE, industry, and foundations):

Affiliated research centers and laboratories:

Center for Automation Technologies and Systems (CATS) (

Center for Future Energy Systems (CFES) (

Center for Lighting Enabled Systems and Applications (LESA) (

NSF/DOE Center for Ultra-Wide-Area Resilient Electric Energy Transmission Networks (CURENT ERC) (

Center for Materials, Devices, and Integrated Systems (cMDIS) (

Cognitive and Immersive Systems Lab (CISL) (

Center for Initiatives in Pre-College Education (CIPCE) (

Area Chair: Agung Julius