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  • Congratulations Ameya on passing your comprehensive exam and defending your PhD proposal (December 14, 2018).
  • Congratulations Prabhjeet on successfully defending your MS thesis (November 27, 2018).
  • Laura's paper on "Observability and Sensitivity Analysis of Lightcurve Measurement Models for use in Space Situational Awareness" is accepted for publication in the Journal of Inverse Problems in Science and Engineering (Taylor and Francis, UK, November 2018)
  • Congratulations Mitchel on successfully defending your MS thesis (November 13, 2018). Mitchel will start work with Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control from January 2019.
  • Paul's paper on "Minimum Control Effort Based Path Planning and Nonlinear Guidance for Autonomous Mobile Robots" was published in the International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems (Sage Publications, October 2018)
  • Gus' paper on "A Neuro-Dynamic Walking Engine for Humanoid Robots" is accepted for publication in the Elsevier Journal of Robotics and Autonomous Systems (September)
  • Rajnish's paper on "Uncertainty Quantification Using Generalized Polynomial Chaos Expansion for Nonlinear Dynamical Systems with Mixed State and Parameter Uncertainties" is accepted for publication in the ASME Journal of Computational and Nonlinear Dynamics (September)
  • One paper presented at the Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies (AMOS) Conference, Maui, Hawaii, September 2018. Congratulations Kati
  • Two papers presented at the American Astronautical Society's Astrodynamics Specialists Conference in Snowbird, UT, August 2018. Congratulations Rajnish and Mitchel
  • Two papers accepted for the AIAA SciTech to be held in San Diego, CA in January 2019, pertaining to Avian Flapping Flight - Congratulations Diganta
  • ASL welcomes Kashish Dhal, who will begin his PhD starting this Fall.
  • (July 2018) Congratulations Paul Quillen for successfully defending your PhD dissertation. Great job Paul! We wish you the best at Aerovironment.
  • (June 2018) Rajnish and Mitchel both got their papers accepted for publication and presentation at the Astrodynamics Specialists Conference, August 2018 in Snowbird Utah.
  • (May - June 2018) ASL welcomes Anant Joshi and Pranav Thakkar from IIT Mumbai - Student interns at ASL. Hope you had a good time learning, and had fun along the way.
  • (May 2018) Congratulations Roopak, Karan, and Matt for successfully defending your MS Theses. We wish you the best.
  • Paul received the Summer PhD Dissertation Fellowship from the University. Congratulations Paul
  • Ameya's paper on range and impact locations' mapping for Quadcopters accepted for the ICUAS conference to be held in Dallas in June, 2018
  • Two papers accepted for the IEEE International Conference on Control Applications to be held in Anchorage, AK in June 2018 - Congratulations Ameya, Murali, and Denish!
  • Dr. Subbarao receives a 4 year grant from ONR to study Performance Metrics for Multi-Body Control Systems
  • Murali accepts a position at ZF TRW in their driverless car division
  • Dr. Subbarao takes up the AE graduate advisor position
  • Namrata Kubal (AE Sophomore) starts as UG researcher in ASL

ASL News


  • Congratulations Paul Quillen for passing your PhD comprehensive exam and defending your proposal. Great job Paul!
  • Congratulations to Murali VNV, Denish Baman and Sachit Kaul for defending your MS theses. Great job all of you!
  • ASL welcomes several new members: Sanjana Choudhary and Jacobus Matthee (UG researchers), Kati Balachandran (AE PhD), Diganta Bhattacharjee (AE PhD), and Gowtham Garikipati (AE PhD, jointly advised by Dr. Atilla Dogan), Abel Martinez (AE MS), Prabhjeet Arora (ME MS), Mitchel McDonald (AE MS).
  • Dr. Subbarao and a team from UTA receive funding from NSF to conduct research on Safe Operation of UAS
  • Dr. Subbarao was one of the invited speaker at UTIAS, University of Toronto, CA. The topic was "Bayesian Statistics and Information Fusion for Navigation of Unmanned Vehicles in GPS denied Environments"
  • Dr. Subbarao was invited to give talks at Kunsan National University, Chonbuk National University, and KAIST all in S. Korea (June 26-30, 2017). The topic was "Reinforcement Learning based Computational Adaptive Optimal Control and System Identification"
  • Ameya extends his internship at The MathWorks Inc. until end of summer
  • Paul will be conducting research at AFRL Kirtland AFB this summer
  • ASL welcomes Mihir Mogra III year student (Mechanical Engineering), College of Engineering, Pune, Maharashtra, India for his summer internship. He will be working on the Obstacle Detection and Avoidance part of the ASL Rover.
  • Bryce successfully defended his PhD dissertation in April and walked on May 13, 2017
  • Bryce presented two papers at the AIAA SciTech in January.
  • Paul presented a paper at the AAS/AIAA Space-flight mechanics meeting in San Antonio (February 2017). Dr. Subbarao presented on behalf of Siddharth.
  • ASL wishes Alok Rege he best with is new job at Cummins Engines in Indiana. Good luck Alok.
  • ASL welcomes Rajnish Bhusal (AE PhD), Anubhav Chauhan, Denish Baman, Sachit Kaul, Karan Rao, Aditya Jagajampi (all MS), Daniel and Tyler (UG)


  • Commencement ceremony on December 17, 2016 - Ryan and Tracie will be walking.
  • Ryan and Tracie successfully defended their PhD dissertations on December 9 and 13 respectively. Ryan goes back to Raytheon and Tracie will begin her dream job with NASA Ames. We wish them the best.
  • Upcoming Defense dates: Ryan Sifford (PhD ME, December 9, 2016); Tracie Conn (PhD AE, December 13, 2016)
  • ASL Thanksgiving Dinner on Nov 21, 2016. Laura, Pavan, and Alok joined us. This was the largest group yet.
  • Papers accepted: AIAA SciTech 2017 - 3 (Pengkai (Bryce) Ru, Ziad); AAS Spaceflight Mechanics Meeting 2017 - 3 (Siddharth, Paul, Ameya, Murali)
  • Paul presented two papers at the AIAA SPACE conference, Long Beach, CA, September 2016
  • Paul and Ziad receive AFRL Space Scholars Fellowships to go to Kirtland AFB and Eglin AFB respectively for summer 2016
  • April 2016, Dr. Subbarao was awarded an AFRL grant to study cooperative control of space systems subject to time delays.
  • Tracie's NASA Fellowship was renewed for 2016-17
  • Dr. Subbarao was presented the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company Excellence in Teaching Award (2016) at the Engineering Banquet.
  • Siddharth Nair from IIT Mumbai and Ivan Doria from Sao Paolo, Brazil did their summer internships at ASL.
  • Nazmus Sakib (UTA Junior) did his summer internship at ASL.


  • Shashank successfully defended his MS thesis, titled Automatic Carrier Landing System for V/STOL Aircraft Using L_1 Adaptive and Optimal Control in Fall, 2015
  • Brian successfully defended his PhD Dissertation, titled Bayesian Statistics and Information Fusion for GPS-Denied Navigation in Fall, 2015
  • Gus successfully defended his PhD Dissertation, titled Novel neuro-dynamic methods for solving robotic planning and control problems in Fall, 2015
  • Alok successfully defended his PhD Dissertation, titled Characterization of Flapping Wing Aerodynamics and Flight Dynamics Analysis using Computational Methods in Fall, 2015
  • Tracie receives NASA Fellowship from the NESSF program (2015-2016)
  • Paul passes his AE qualifying exam in August 2015
  • Ameya successfully defended his MS thesis, titled Dynamics and Control of a Smart Maintenance and Inspection Robotic Free-Flyer (SMIRFF) in Spring, 2015
  • Pavan successfully defended his PhD Dissertation, titled Aspects of an Intuitive Control Framework: Stabilize, Optimize and Identify in Spring, 2015


  • Pavan's paper is accepted in ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control (October, 15)
  • Brian submits paper to ACC 2015, Nonlinear Adaptive Filtering Techniques for Terrain Referenced Navigation.
  • Laura successfully defended her PhD Dissertation "Modeling, Estimation, and Analysis of Unresolved Space Object Tracking and Identification" (August). She has accepted a job with NextGen Aeronautics at Danville, NC. We at ASL wish her the best.
  • Pavan and Ghassan's papers are accepted for publication and presentation at the AIAA SciTech (2015)
  • Ghassan presented his paper at the American Control Conference in Portland, OR. "Implementation of an Adaptive, Model Free, Learning Controller on the Atlas Robot"
  • Ghassan voted best presenter at the NASA RASC-AL Forum Meeting Cocoa Beach, FL. (June)
  • Team ASL wins first place at the NASA RASC-AL Forum Meeting for their Systems Concept "SMIRFF - Smart Maintenance, Inspection and Repair Free Flyer" in the graduate category (June)
  • Hi-Tech Bangla Inc. and Aerospace Systems Laboratory sign agreement to work on projects related to Advanced Controls and Estimation Algorithms for Space Applications.
  • Tyler Rainey successfully presented his MEngr Project titled, "Loss-Of-Control Prediction And Fault Tolerant Control – An Adaptive Control Framework"
  • Marcin's paper on "Extremum Seeking Control for In-flight Sweet Spot Esimation in Autonomous Formation Flight" is accepted for publication in the AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics (March)


  • Dr. Subbarao returns from the Faculty Development Leave in June 2013.


  • Marcin presents his MSc thesis at the ASL weekly meeting. Prof. Armanios is part of the audience. This also culminates Marcin's one year internship at ASL. ASL wishes Marcin good luck with his final presentation at TU Delft.
  • Alok, Gus, Christy & Akhil win the Carrizo Oil and Gas Scholarship for 2012-2013
  • Laura is awarded a summer internship at AGI
  • Alok and Gus plan to continue working towards their PhD.
  • Dr. Subbarao is awarded the Faculty Development Leave for 2012-2013.
  • Mousumi successfully defended her PhD dissertation in April 2012.
  • Gus and Alok defended their MS theses in April 2012.
  • Laura is awarded the prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for 2011.


  • March 14, 2011: Mousumi Ahmed and Laura Henderson are awarded the prestigious Amelia Earhart Fellowship award from Zonta International. Congratulations Mousumi and Laura!!
  • March 14, 2011: Ife travels to St. Louis to present Stable Reference Trajectory Modification for Handling Actuator Saturation in Control Systems Control, Kamesh Subbarao and Ife Ogunleye, Infotech@AIAA , St. Louis, MS, March 28-31, 2011
  • Divya travels to St. Louis to present, Attitude Formation Control of Multiple Vehicles subject to Communication Constraints, Kamesh Subbarao and Divya Bhatia, Infotech@AIAA, St. Louis, MS, March 28-31, 2011.
  • Mousumi presented her paper and Erik’s at the AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting in Orlando, FL this past January.

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