Organizing Committee

Organizing Committee

L'Afflitto, Andrea

Chair, Virginia Tech

Dr. L'Afflitto is an assistant professor in the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech. His research is in robust adaptive control and optimization-based guidance with applications to autonomous robots. Dr. L'Afflitto is an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems and a member of both the AIAA GNC Committee and the IEEE Committee on Aerospace Control. He holds a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from Georgia Tech, M.S. and B.S. degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Naples, and a M.S. degree in Math from Virginia Tech.

Woolsey, Craig

co-Chair, Virginia Tech

Craig Woolsey is a Professor in the Crofton Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering at Virginia Tech. His research and teaching focus on the modeling and control of ocean and atmospheric vehicles. Woolsey is active on the AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics (AFM) Technical Committee (TC), the IEEE TC on Manufacturing, Automation, and Robotic Control (MARC), and the IFAC TC on Marine Systems. Woolsey completed the bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech in 1995 and a doctorate in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University in 2001.

Coogan, Samuel

Georgia Tech

Prof. Sam Coogan is an assistant professor at Georgia Tech. He received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. His research is in the area of dynamical systems and autonomy with an emphasis on transportation systems.

Dixon, Warren

University of Florida

Prof. Dixon received his Ph.D. in 2000 from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering from Clemson University. He worked as a research staff member at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory until 2004, when he joined the University of Florida in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department. His main research interest has been the development and application of Lyapunov-based control techniques for uncertain nonlinear systems.

Karimoddini, Ali

North Carolina A&T

Ali Karimoddini is the Director of NC-CAV Center and the ACCESS Laboratory. His research interests include development of solutions for Testing, evaluation, analysis, control, and decision-making for autonomous vehicles.

Planning Committee

Marshall, Julius (Virginia Tech)

Technical Program Chair

Chair of Oral Session 3; Co-Chair of Oral Sessions 1 & 6

Julius A. Marshall is pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech, where he is specializing in robotics, and robust and adaptive control. In 2019, he received the SMART Scholar award.

Wei, Qinshuang (Georgia Tech)

Technical Program co-Chair

Qinshuang Wei is currently pursuing the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research interests include control systems, cyber-physical systems, multi-agent transportation and optimization.

Klett, Corbin (Georgia Tech)

Communications Chair

Corbin Klett is in his last semester as a PhD candidate at Georgia Tech in the School of Aerospace Engineering. He is interested in developing verification technologies that will enable the use of increasingly autonomous control architectures in aerospace vehicles.

Aggarwal, Diksha (Virginia Tech)

Registration Chair

Chair of Oral Session 1; Co-Chair of Oral Sessions 5

Diksha is a PhD student, joined in Mechanical Engineering department in Fall 2021 at Virginia Tech under the supervision of Dr. Andrea L'Afflitto. Her thrust area is the Dynamics and Control of UAVs. In 2017, her team at IIT Kanpur won second place in the AHS International helicopter design competition.

Mukherjee, Jyotirmoy (Virginia Tech)

Logistics Chair

Co-Chair of Oral Sessions 3-5

Jyotirmoy Mukherjee is a Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech. He is working on developing physics based robust, adaptive and scalable control algorithms for autonomous off-road vehicles operating at high speed and adversarial environments.

Paneru, Prabin (Virginia Tech)

Logistics co-Chair

Prabin Paneru is a first year PhD student in the department of Industrial and system engineering at Virginia Tech. His research is in operations research on path and trajectory planning.

Chen, Ying-Chun (Virginia Tech)


Chair of Oral Session 2; Co-Chair of Oral Sessions 4

Ying-Chun Chen is pursuing the Ph.D. degree in Aerospace and Ocean Engineering at Virginia Tech. Her research focusses on nonlinear-model-based robust control, disturbance estimation and rejection.

Dutta, Amit (Virginia Tech)


Chair of Oral Session 6; Co-Chair of Oral Sessions 2

Amit Dutta is currently in his second year of Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech. He is advised by Dr. Thinh Doan and co-advised by Dr. Marcos Vasconcelos. His research interests are in the area of data-driven control, optimization and distributed algorithms.