People

Group Director

Warren Dixon, Ph.D.,

Newton C. Ebaugh Professor

Prof. Warren Dixon received his Ph.D. in 2000 from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering from Clemson University. He was selected as an Eugene P. Wigner Fellow at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). In 2004, 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. He has published 3 books, an edited collection, 13 chapters, and over 130 journal and 230 conference papers. His work has been recognized by the 2015 & 2009 American Automatic Control Council (AACC) O. Hugo Schuck (Best Paper) Award, the 2013 Fred Ellersick Award for Best Overall MILCOM Paper, a 2012-2013 University of Florida College of Engineering Doctoral Dissertation Mentoring Award, the 2011 American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Dynamics Systems and Control Division Outstanding Young Investigator Award, the 2006 IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) Early Academic Career Award, an NSF CAREER Award (2006-2011), the 2004 Department of Energy Outstanding Mentor Award, and the 2001 ORNL Early Career Award for Engineering Achievement. He is an ASME Fellow and IEEE Fellow, an IEEE Control Systems Society (CSS) Distinguished Lecturer, and served as the Director of Operations for the Executive Committee of the IEEE CSS Board of Governors (2012-2015). He currently serves as a member of the U.S. Air Force Science Advisory Board. He is currently or formerly an associate editor for ASME Journal of Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control, Automatica, IEEE Transactions on Systems Man and Cybernetics: Part B Cybernetics, and the International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control.
Email | CV (pdf - last updated Jan 6. 2016)




Visiting Scientists and Postdoctoral Researchers


Joel Rosenfeld

Joel Rosenfeld received his PhD degree in 2013 from the Mathematics department at the University of Florida. His specialty is in Operator Theory and Functional Analysis with an emphasis on Reproducing Kernel Hilbert Spaces. In mathematics, his research was on function theoretic densely defined operators over these spaces.
Email | NCR Publications




Ph.D. Students


Anup Parikh

Anup Parikh received his Bachelor of Science degree in both Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of Florida. As an undergraduate, he designed and fabricated a MEMS hot film shear stress sensor as an alternative to more expensive floating-element sensors. As a graduate researcher in the Nonlinear Controls and Robotics group, his interests include vision based estimation and control of UAV quadrotors and other aerospace systems. He is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Florida under the advisement of Dr. Dixon.
Email| NCR Publications


Serhat Obuz

Serhat Obuz received his Bachelors degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Inonu University, Turkey, in 2007 and his Masters degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Clemson University in 2012 under the advisement of Dr. Darren Dawson. He has a scholarship from the Turkish Ministry of National Education for master and PhD study in the US. His research is focused on designing predictor-based robust/adaptive/optimal controllers for a class of nonlinear systems subject to time delay in the control input and state, uncertainties in the dynamic model, and additive disturbances. Serhat is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Florida under the advisement of Dr. Dixon.
Email| NCR Publications


Ryan Licitra

Ryan Licitra received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in December 2013 from the University of Florida. He is currently pursuing his PhD under the supervision of Dr. Dixon, with research interests including networking, robotics, and image based estimation.
Email | NCR Publications


Indrasis Chakraborty

Indra received his Bachelors and Masters from Jadavpur University, India and IIT Kharagpur, India, respectively, both in Mechanical Engineering. He worked for one and half years as an Edison engineer in General Electric (GE Energy), after his masters degree. He is pursuing a PhD at the University of Florida, with a focus on PDE-based nonlinear control.
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Hsi-Yuan Chen

Hsi-Yuan Chen received his bachelor's degree in 2014 from the Mechanical Engineering Department at the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology. As an undergraduate, he joined the Center for Intelligent Robots, where he spent two years researching robotic vision and navigation theories. His primary research interests include simultaneous localization and mapping, object recognition, and other vision-based control systems. Hsi-Yuan is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Florida under the supervision of Dr. Dixon.
Email | NCR Publications


Victor Duenas

Victor H. Duenas is a member of the Nonlinear Control and Robotics laboratory at the University of Florida, where he is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering under the supervision of Dr. Dixon. Victor received his Bachelorís degree in Mechanical Engineering in May 2014 from The University of Texas at El Paso. He is the recipient of the Graduate School Fellowship (GSF) award at The University of Florida. His research interests include the study of functional electrical stimulation and span to topics in dynamics and control theory. Outside of the lab Victor likes to play music and enjoy sports.
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Zachary Bell

Zachary Bell received his Bachelorís Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida in May 2015. He is currently pursuing his PhD under the supervision of Dr. Dixon, with research interests in network control, visual estimation, simultaneous localization and mapping, and mechanical design.
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Courtney Rouse

Courtney Rouse received her Bachelorís degree in Mechanical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in 2015. As an undergraduate, she conducted research in both dielectrophoresis at Washington State University and prosthetic design at IIT. She is currently pursuing a PhD in mechanical engineering with a focus on nonlinear controls under the supervision of Dr. Dixon.
Email | NCR Publications


Zachary Hutcheson

Zachary Hutcheson received his Bachelorís degree in Mechanical Engineering in May 2015 from the University of Maryland. As an undergraduate, he completed internships at NASA Goddard, AAI, and ATK Space Systems, where he first discovered his interest in control systems. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Mechanical Engineering under the supervision of Dr. Dixon. His research interests include networked control systems and uncertainty. Outside of the lab Zach enjoys cooking, running, and meeting new people.
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Christian Cousin

Christian Cousin received his Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida in 2015. In his time as an undergraduate, Christian interned both with General Electric Appliances and twice with Eaton, once in Electrical Operations and once in Eatonís Vehicle Group. He is continuing at the University of Florida, pursuing a PhD in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on nonlinear controls under the supervision of Dr. Warren Dixon.
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Patryk Deptula

Patryk Deptula received his Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Mathematics Minor, with high honors, from Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) in 2014. As an Undergraduate, he performed research related to Hybrid Propellant Rocket Engines and completed internships at Norgren - KIP Fluid Controls and Belcan Corporation. After graduating, Patryk immediately began working as an Engineer in the Control and Diagnostic Systems (DSC) group at Belcan Corporation, where he analyzed aircraft engine software. Currently, he is pursuing his PhD under the supervision of Dr. Dixon. His research interests include, but are not limited to, nonlinear controls and robotics applied to a variety of fields.
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Sandor Valenciaga

Sandor Valenciaga graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Florida in May of 2012. He joined the staff of Santa Fe College and worked as a mathematics & physics tutor. Later, he became part of the Stochastic Systems Laboratory (SSL) at the University of Florida in the Fall of 2014 as a master's student. He obtained his Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering in May of 2016 with a Thesis on an algorithm for finding optimal polynomial order for systems with Gaussian parametric uncertainty modeled using the generalized Polynomial Chaos (gPC) framework. During the summer of 2015 & 2016 Sandor has worked for the Air Force Research Lab AFRL as a visiting researcher. He joined the Nonlinear Control and Robotics group to pursue his PhD under the guidance of Dr. Warren Dixon. His research interests include stochastic system modeling and control; optimization using nonlinear programming (NP) and global optimization techniques.
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Joshua Childs

Joshua Childs received his Bachelors degree and Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida in 2008 and 2010. He spent two years as a teaching assistant. After receiving his masters degree he started working in industry as an electrical engineer. He is currently pursuing his PhD as a distance learning student.
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Lindsey Andrews

Lindsey Andrews received Bachelors degrees in mechanical engineering and physics from Old Dominion University in 2011. As an undergraduate, she conducted research on various topics, such as robust control design and polarization spectroscopy. She has completed three internships at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control (Orlando) and one internship at NASA Langley Research Center. Lindsey is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in the department of mechanical and aerospace engineering under the supervision of Dr. Dixon.
Email | NCR Publications


Alumni

Ph.D. Students
Teng-Hu Cheng (2011-2015) NCR Publications | Dissertation,
Assistant Professor, National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan.
Matthew Bellman (2010-2015) NCR Publications | Dissertation,
Co-Founder and Chief Technical Officer, Myolyn LLC, Gainesville, SC.
Ryan Downey (2010-2015) NCR Publications | Dissertation MAE Department Best Dissertation Award 2016,
Post Doctoral Researcher, Medical University of South Carolina, Charelston, SC.
Patrick Walters (2011-2015) NCR Publications | Dissertation,
Staff Researcher, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City, FL.
Justin Klotz (2011-2015) NCR Publications | Dissertation,
Staff Researcher, Department of Defense, Huntsville, AL.
Rushikesh Kamalapurkar (2010-2014) NCR Publications | Dissertation MAE Department Best Dissertation Award 2015,
Assistant Professor, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK.
Brendan Bialy (2010-2014), NCR Publications | Dissertation,
Staff Researcher, Air Force Research Laboratory, Eglin Air Force Base, Fort Walton Beach, FL.
Sankrith Subramanian (2007-2012), NCR Publications | Dissertation,
xG Technology, Inc., Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Nic Fischer (2009-2012), NCR Publications | Dissertation MAE Department Best Dissertation Award 2013,
Principal Engineer, area17, Menlo Park, CA.
Qiang Wang (2008-2012), NCR Publications | Dissertation
Founder, QJWD Biomedical, Gainesville, FL.
Huyen Dinh (2008-2012), NCR Publications | Dissertation
Assistant Professor, University of Transport and Communication, Hanoi, Vietnam.
Dohee Kim (2008-2011), NCR Publications | Dissertation
Hyundai Motor Company, Korea.
Zhen Kan (2007-2011), NCR Publications | Dissertation,
Assistant Professor, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.
Marcus Johnson (2007-2011), NCR Publications | Dissertation,
Research Aerospace Engineer, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA.
Ashwin Dani (2007-2011), NCR Publications | Dissertation MAE Department Best Dissertation Award 2012,
Assistant Professor, University of Connecticut, Storres, CT.
Shubhendu Bhasin (2007-2011), NCR Publications | Dissertation,
Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India.
Zach Wilcox (2006-2010), NCR Publications | Dissertation,
Service Manager, Waterfront Construction, Seattle, WA.
Nitin Sharma (2006-2010), NCR Publications | Dissertation MAE Department Best Dissertation Award 2011,
Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA.
Siddhartha Mehta (2007-2010), NCR Publications | Dissertation ,
Postdoctoral Fellow, Eglin AFB, Fort Walton Beach, FL.
Rhoe (Tony) Thompson (2006-2009), NCR Publications | Dissertation,
Branch Technical Advisor, Air Force Research Laboratory, Eglin Air Force Base, Fort Walton Beach, FL.
Parag Patre (2005-2009), NCR Publications | Dissertation MAE Department Best Dissertation Award 2010,
Senior Controls and Robotics Engineer, TE Connectivity in Harrisburg, PA
William Mackunis (2006-2009), NCR Publications | Dissertation,
Associate Professor, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL.
Keith Dupree (2005-2009), NCR Publications | Dissertation,
Staff Researcher, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, Baltimore, MD.
Kent Kaiser (2005-2008), NCR Publications | Dissertation,
Honda Aircraft Company, Greensboro, NC.
Guoqiang Hu (2004-2007), NCR Publications | Dissertation,
Assistant Professor, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore.
M.S. Students (thesis)
Manelle Merad (2013-2014), (thesis), France.
Fanny Bouillon (2012-2013), (thesis), France.
Cťline Laplassotte (2011-2012), (thesis), MBA program, Paris, France.
Ganeshram Jayaraman (2007-2010), Research Intern, Technical University of Munich (TUM).
Sankrith Subramanian (2007-2009), (thesis), Doctoral Student, UF, FL.
Keith Stegath (2005-2007), (thesis), Private Company, Gainesville, FL
Chien-Hao Liang (2005-2007), (thesis), Tiawan.
Sumit Gupta (2004-2006), (thesis), Moore Tool Co. Inc., Bridgeport, CT
Charu Makkar (2004-2006), (thesis), Deloitte Consulting LLP, Chicago, IL.
Visiting Scholars and Postdoctoral Researchers (non-Alumni)
Hiroyuki Kawai, Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Japan (2013-2014)
Can Ulas Dogruer, Hacettepe University, Turkey (2012-2013)
Yasunori Kawai, Kanazawa University, Japan (2012-2013)
Dong Kyoung Chwa, Ajou University, China (2011-2012)
Hakjae Kim, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (2010-2012)
Hee-Tae Chung, Pusan University of Foreign Studies, Pusan, South Korea (2010)
Nick Gans, University of Texas at Dallas (2005-2009)
Lennon Corke, Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation, Australia (2007)
Hoi Bum Chung, Sunchon National University, China (2006-2007)
Wei Wang, Harbin Institute of Technology, China (2006)

Co-Advised Alumni

Ph. D. Students M.S. Students
Tom Galluzzo Prakash Chawda
Sanjay Solanki Siddhartha Mehta
Vilas Chitrakaran
Michael McIntyre
Jinho Lee
Jian Chen
Yongchun Fang