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 worked as a research staff member and Eugene P. Wigner Fellow at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) 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. His work has been recognized by the 2019 IEEE Control Systems Technology Award, (2017-2018 & 2012-2013) University of Florida College of Engineering Doctoral Dissertation Mentoring Award, 2015 & 2009 American Automatic Control Council (AACC) O. Hugo Schuck (Best Paper) Award, the 2013 Fred Ellersick Award for Best Overall MILCOM Paper, 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 (2016) and IEEE Fellow (2016), was an IEEE Control Systems Society (CSS) Distinguished Lecturer (2013-2018), served as the Director of Operations for the Executive Committee of the IEEE CSS Board of Governors (BOG) (2012-2015), and served as an elected member of the IEEE CSS BOG (2019-2020). His technical contributions and service to the IEEE CSS were recognizd by the IEEE CSS Distinguished Member Award (2020). He was awarded the Air Force Commander's Public Service Award (2016) for his contributions to 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 Control Systems, 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. 2020)


Visiting Faculty and Research Scientists


Dan Guralnik

Dan Guralnik received his Ph.D. from the Technion-IIT Mathematics department in 2005, specializing in Geometric Group Theory. After post-doctoral appointments at Vanderbilt University and University of Oklahoma, where he worked on asymptotic geometry and boundary dynamics of discrete groups, he moved in 2011 to a post-doctoral appointment at KodLab, the legged locomotion laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania, to start work on applications of topology and category theory to problems of knowledge representation in the context of navigation and control. In fall 2019 he has joined NCR as a research scientist to work on developing formal and category-theoretical methods in hybrid control, as part of the AFOSR Center of Excellence in Assured Autonomy in Contested Environments.
Email | NCR Publications


Ph.D. Students


Federico Zegers

Federico Zegers attended the University of Florida where he earned two B.S. degrees in the spring of 2016: one in mechanical engineering and another in mathematics. He is currently pursuing a PhD in mechanical engineering under the guidance of Dr. Warren Dixon. Federico's research interests lie in nonlinear control theory, network control systems theory, switch systems theory, and graph theory. Expected graduation is August 2021.
Email | NCR Publications


Brendon Allen

Brendon Allen received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in December 2015 from the University of Florida and his Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2018 from Brigham Young University, Provo. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on nonlinear controls under the supervision of Dr. Warren Dixon. Expected graduation is August 2021.
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Runhan Sun

Runhan Sun received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2015 from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2018 from the University of Florida. His research interests include nonlinear controls, switch systems controls, and vision-based control systems. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering under the supervision of Dr. Dixon. Expected graduation is May 2022.
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Max Greene

Max Greene earned his Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 2018. As an undergraduate, Max interned for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in the Satellite Servicing Projects Division. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering with a focus on nonlinear controls under the supervision of Dr. Warren Dixon. Expected graduation is May 2022.
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Duc (Daniel) Le

Daniel Le attended the University of Florida where he received a dual bachelor's degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in the fall of 2018. As an undergraduate, Daniel interned for the Naval Surface Warfare Center in the Unmanned Systems division. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on nonlinear controls under the supervision of Dr. Warren Dixon. Expected graduation is May 2023.
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Kimberly Stubbs

Kimberly Stubbs earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in May 2019 from the University of Florida. While completing her undergraduate degree, Kim was an active member of Tau Beta Pi, participated in the Integrated Product and Process Design program, and volunteered as a mentor with the FIRST Robotics team at PK Yonge High School. She is currently pursuing a PhD under the supervision of Dr. Warren Dixon. Kimberly’s research interests are primarily focused on human-robot interaction and rehabilitative robotics. Expected graduation is May 2023.
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Axton Isaly

Axton Isaly will graduate from the University of Florida in 2019 with a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Computer Science. As an undergraduate, he conducted research related to developing autonomous control systems for unmanned aerial systems. As a graduate, he will continue researching autonomy while focusing on nonlinear controls. He is planning to pursue a PhD in Mechanical Engineering under the supervision of Dr. Dixon. Expected graduation is May 2023.
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Omkar Patil

Omkar Patil graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in Production and Industrial Engineering. After graduation, he worked as a project associate at the Control & Automation Lab, IIT Delhi, on a sponsored project entitled 'Aerial Manipulation - Modeling, Planning and Control'. He is pursuing a PhD under the supervision of Dr. Dixon with broad research interests in nonlinear control, adaptive control and switched systems theory. Expected graduation is May 2023.
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Sage Edwards

Sage Edwards graduated from Youngstown State University (YSU) in the spring of 2019 with a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Physics. As an undergraduate, Sage interned at LG Fuel Cell Systems and worked in Dr. Tom Oder’s Wide Bandgap Semiconductor Lab at YSU. Sage is currently pursuing a PhD in mechanical engineering, with a focus on nonlinear controls under the supervision of Dr. Warren Dixon. Expected graduation is May 2023.
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Emily Griffis

Emily Griffis recieved her Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in May 2020. While completing her undergraduate degree, she interned at Exactech and was an active member of the UF chapter of ASME, leading one of their design teams. Her research focuses primarily on human-robot interactions and rehabilitative robotics. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering under the supervision of Dr. Warren Dixon. Expected graduation is May 2024.
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Ciku Makumi

Ciku Makumi received her Bachelors of Science degree in May 2020 from the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at NC State University and UNC Chapel Hill. Her research interests are focused on human-robot interaction and rehabilitative robotics. She is currently pursing a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering under the supervision of Dr. Warren Dixon. Expected graduation is May 2024.
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Hannah Sweatland

Hannah Sweatland received her Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in May of 2020. As an undergraduate, she conducted research on lower body robotic exoskeletons and interned at Northrop Grumman Corporation. Hannah is currently pursuing a Ph. D. in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on human-robot interaction and rehabilitative robotics under the supervision of Dr. Warren Dixon. Expected graduation is May 2024.
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Patrick Amy

Patrick Amy received his Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology in 2017. He continued his education at the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) where he earned a Master of Science in Engineering in Robotics in 2019. While completing his master’s degree, he worked in the Dynamical Systems and Control Laboratory at JHU and the Naval Research Laboratory, in D.C. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering under the guidance of Dr. Warren Dixon. Expected graduation is May 2025.
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M.S. Students


Alumni

Ph.D. Students
Zachary Bell (2015-2019) NCR Publications | Dissertation,
Staff Researcher, Eglin Air Force Base, Fort Walton Beach, FL.
Patryk Deptula (2015-2019) NCR Publications | Dissertation,
Senior Robotics Researcher, Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Cambridge, MA.
Courtney Rouse (2015-2019) NCR Publications | Dissertation, MAE Department Best Dissertation Award 2020,
Research Engineer, Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, TX.
Christian Cousin (2015-2019) NCR Publications | Dissertation, MAE Department Best Dissertation Award 2019,
Assistant Professor, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Al.
Hsi-Yuan "Steven" Chen (2014-2018) NCR Publications | Dissertation,
Applied Scientist, Amazon Robotics, North Reading, MA.
Victor Duenas (2015-2018) NCR Publications | Dissertation, MAE Department Best Dissertation Award 2018,
Assistant Professor, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY.
Ryan Licitra (2013-2017) NCR Publications | Dissertation,
NRC Fellow, Air Force Research Laboratory, Eglin Air Force Base, Fort Walton Beach, FL.
Indrasis Chakraborty (2014-2017) NCR Publications | Dissertation,
Data Scientist, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA.
Serhat Obuz (2012-2016) NCR Publications | Dissertation,
Assistant Professor, Eskisehir Osmangazi University, Turkey.
Anup Parikh (2012-2016) NCR Publications | Dissertation, MAE Department Best Dissertation Award 2017,
Postdoctoral Researcher, Sandia National Laboratory, Albuquerque, NM.
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
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,
Associate Professor, University of Connecticut, Storres, CT.
Shubhendu Bhasin (2007-2011), NCR Publications | Dissertation,
Associate 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,
Associate 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,
Associate Professor, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore.
Co-Advised Ph. D. Students
Arman Sargolzaei co-advised with Carl Crane, University of Florida (2020), Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tennessee Tech University, Tennessee, USA.
Tom Galluzzo co-advised with Carl Crane, University of Florida (2006), Founder and CEO, IAM robotics, Michigan, USA.
Sanjay Solanki co-advised with Carl Crane, University of Florida (2006), IAM robotics, Michigan, USA.
Vilas Chitrakaran co-advised with Darren Dawson, Clemson University (2006), Senior Roboticist, Arrival, London, UK.
Michael McIntyre co-advised with Darren Dawson, Clemson University (2006), Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Louisville, Kentucky, USA.
Jinho Lee co-advised with John Ziegert, University of Florida (2005), Samsung Corning Precision Glass, Korea.
Jian Chen co-advised with Darren Dawson, Clemson University (2005), Professor, College of Control Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University, China.
Yongchun Fang co-advised with Darren Dawson, Clemson University (2002), Dean, College of Artificial Intelligence, Nankai University, China.
M.S. Students (thesis)
Christian Harris (2017-2020), (thesis), Lockheed Martin Advanced Algorithms Technical Center, Orlando, FL.
Jason Nezvadovitz (2016-2017), (thesis), Staff Researcher, MIT Lincoln Laboratories, Lexington, MA.
Manelle Merad (2013-2014), (thesis), France.
Fanny Bouillon (2012-2013), (thesis), France.
Celine 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.
Co-Advised M.S. Students (thesis)
Siddhartha Mehta co-advised with Tom Burks, University of Florida (2007).
Prakash Chawda co-advised with Darren Dawson, Clemson University (2003).
Visiting Scholars and Postdoctoral Researchers (not former students)
Marcio de Queiroz, Professor, Louisiana State University
Joel Rosenfeld, (2014-2017) Assistant Professor, University of South Florida
Hiroyuki Kawai, (2013-2014) Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Japan
Can Ulas Dogruer, (2012-2013) Hacettepe University, Turkey
Yasunori Kawai, (2012-2013) Kanazawa University, Japan
Dong Kyoung Chwa, (2011-2012) Ajou University, China
Hakjae Kim, (2010-2012) National Geospatial Intelligence Agency
Hee-Tae Chung, (2010) Pusan University of Foreign Studies, Pusan, South Korea
Nick Gans, (2005-2009) University of Texas at Arlington
Lennon Corke, (2007) Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation, Australia
Hoi Bum Chung, (2006-2007) Sunchon National University, China
Wei Wang, (2006) Harbin Institute of Technology, China