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A Laboratory for Autonomy, Control, Information, and Systems Initiative

FoRCE Director

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Dr. Tansel Yucelen is an Assistant Professor of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the Director of the Laboratory for Autonomy, Control, Information, and Systems (LACIS, http://lacis.eng.usf.edu/), and the Director of the Forum on Robotics & Control Engineering (FoRCE, http://force.eng.usf.edu/) at the University of South Florida. He received the Doctor of Philosophy in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 5/2012. Prior to joining the University of South Florida, he held Research Engineer positions in the School of Aerospace Engineering and the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology from 11/2011 to 8/2013. He also held Assistant Professor position in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology from 8/2013 to 8/2016, where he created and directed the Advanced Systems Research Laboratory and the Control Systems Forum. He participated in summer programs at the Air Force Research Laboratory Aerospace Systems and Munitions Directorates.

Dr. Yucelen is a member of the National Academy of Inventors in recognition of advanced technological development and innovation and a senior member of the AIAA and IEEE. In addition, he is the recipient of the 2018 University of South Florida Research and Innovation Faculty Outstanding Research Achievement Award, 2017 University of South Florida College of Engineering Junior Outstanding Research Achievement Award, 2016 ACGSC Dave Ward Memorial Lecture Award (for the outstanding contributions to the field of adaptive control), 2016 AIAA Technical Contribution Award (for the creation of novel flight control synthesis and analysis algorithms), 2015 Oak Ridge Associated Universities Junior Faculty Award (for public recognition of the quality and promise of research), and 2014 Class of 2942 Excellence in Teaching Award. His research places a strong emphasis on both theoretic research and experimentation for addressing fundamental and open real-world technological problems. Specifically, his research falls into dynamical systems and controls with specializations in i) adaptive and robust control of safety-critical systems; ii) distributed estimation and control of networked multiagent systems; iii) resilient and secure robotics, autonomous vehicles, and cyber-physical systems; and iv) biologically-inspired complex, large-scale, and modular systems. He has co-authored more than 250 archival journal and conference publications in these areas and his contributions were implemented on various platforms including AirSTAR of the NASA Langley Research Center. For additional details, we refer to his research website (LACIS, http://lacis.eng.usf.edu/).

Contact Information

Tansel Yucelen, PhD
University of South Florida, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Engineering Building C 2209, 4202 E. Fowler Avenue, Tampa, Florida 33620, USA
813-974-5656 (Office), yucelen@usf.edu (Email), http://lacis.eng.usf.edu (Web), Tansel.Yucelen (Skype)

FoRCE Co-Director

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Dr. K. Merve Dogan is an Assistant Professor of the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University since August 2020. Prior to joining the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, she held the Research Assistant position in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of South Florida between 2015 and 2020, where she received her Doctor of Philosophy degree in 2020. Before joining the University of South Florida, she held a Research/Teaching Assistant position in the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at the Izmir Institute of Technology between 2012 and 2015, where she received her Master of Science degree in 2016. Dr. Dogan is a member of AIAA and IEEE, including several technical committees. Besides, she is a recipient of the 2020 Outstanding Thesis and Dissertation Award (USF), recipient of 2019 Student best paper award; Adaptive and Learning Control Systems (IFAC, Winchester, UK), her co-authored paper titled by "Learning control of robot manipulators in task space," is listed in the 2019 Top 20 Most Read Papers; Asian Journal of Control, recipient of 2019 Best session presentation; in AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference (San Diego, California).

Dr. Dogan focuses on the discovery of novel control, information, and decision systems to reveal highly-capable autonomous vehicles and robotic swarms. Specifically, her research specializations (alphabetically) include adaptive systems and learning, autonomy, computational methods, digital control systems, dynamics, flight dynamics and control, linear control systems, multiagent systems, nonlinear control systems, optimization and optimal control systems, robotics, and robust control systems. In these research areas, she has co-authored more than 45 peer-reviewed papers in top internationally-recognized journals and conferences.

Contact Information

K. Merve Dogan, PhD
Embay-Riddle Aeronautical University, Department of Aerospace Engineering
1 Aerospace Boulevard, Daytona Beach, Florida 32114, USA
386-226-2972 (Office), dogank@erau.edu (Email)