Director & Members

Past Members and Thesis

Silvia Ferrari

silvia_ferrariSilvia Ferrari is a Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University.  Prior to that, she was Professor of Engineering and Computer Science at Duke University, and Founder and Director of the NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) and Fellowship program on Wireless Intelligent Sensor Networks (WISeNet).  Currently, she is the Director of the Laboratory for Intelligent Systems and Controls (LISC) at Cornell University, and her principal research interests include robust adaptive control of aircraft, learning and approximate dynamic programming, and optimal control of mobile sensor networks. She received the B.S. degree from Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University and the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Princeton University. She is a senior member of the IEEE, and a member of ASME, SPIE, and AIAA. She is the recipient of the ONR young investigator award (2004), the NSF CAREER award (2005), and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) award (2006).

Members

Pingping Zhu

pingping_zhuPingping Zhu is a Research Associate in the Laboratory for Intelligent Systems and Controls (LISC) at Cornell University. He received the B.S. degree in electronics and information engineering and the M.S. degree in the institute for pattern recognition and artificial intelligence from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from University of Florida. He is currently a research associate at the department of mechanical and aerospace engineering in Cornell University. Prior to that, he was a postdoctoral associate at the department of mechanical engineering and material science in Duke university. His research interests include approximate dynamic programming, optimal control of mobile sensor networks, signal processing, machine learning, and neural networks. He is a member of the IEEE.

Bo Fu

img_2173-1Bo Fu is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Laboratory for Intelligent Systems and Controls (LISC) at Cornell University. He received his B.S. degree (Laurea) in Automotive Engineering from the Politecnico di Torino, his M.Sc degree in Automotive Product Engineering from Cranfield University, and his Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of California, Davis (UC Davis). Prior to LISC, he was a Postdoctoral Scholar in the department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UC Davis. Dr. Fu has a broad interest in engineering research, with a focus on dynamics and controls. He is a member of AIAA.

 Taylor Clawson

taylor_clawsonTaylor Clawson is a PhD student in the Laboratory for Intelligent Systems and Controls (LISC) at Cornell University. He received the B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Utah State University, where he and his team took first place in a national Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) design competition and appeared subsequently in Popular Science. Upon graduating, he was employed at Northrop Grumman as an engineer and software developer for two years, where he worked on national defense systems. He is interested in mimicking the efficiency and agility of flying insects and birds using intelligent control and microrobotics, focusing particularly on control using spiking neural networks. Email: tsc83@cornell.edu

Julian Morelli

julian_morelliJulian Morelli is a PhD student in the Laboratory for Intelligent Systems and Controls (LISC) at Cornell University. He received his B.S degree in Engineering Physics and Mathematics from Fordham University, one of the first to do so. His research interests include the control of large dynamical systems, distributed optimal control, machine learning, approximate dynamic programming, neural networks, and information theory. He is a member of IEEE, AIAA, NYAS, and AWIS. Email: jam888@cornell.edu

Ryan Elandt

0123171624Ryan Elandt is a PhD student in the Laboratory for Intelligent System and Controls (LISC) at Cornell University. He earned his B.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science + Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 2014. He is a National Defense Science & Engineering (NDSEG) Fellow (2015).

 

Jake Gemerek

jake-lisc-profile-picJake Gemerek is a PhD student in the Laboratory for Intelligent Systems and Controls (LISC) at Cornell University. He received his B.S. degree in both Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of New York at Buffalo, where he was an undergraduate researcher in the computational mechanics group. Jake was awarded the Zimmer Research Award (2015) and the Dean’s Award for Achievement (2016) from the University at Buffalo. His research interests include robust, decentralized control of autonomous multivehicle systems. Email: jrg362@cornell.edu

Quanxing Lu

quanxingQuanxing Lu is currently an MS student in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at Cornell University. He received the B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, San Diego. He has been working with Dr. Ferrari in the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems and Controls (LISC) since October 2016. His research interests include neural networks, machine learning, and optimal control.

Min Zheng

minMin Zheng is an M.S. student in the school of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University. She received her B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Southern California. She will be working on a project on probability graphical model in LISC lab.

 

Zeyu Liu

zeyu-liu1097Zeyu Liu is currently an M.S. student in the Laboratory for Intelligent Systems and Controls (LISC) at Cornell University. He received the B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tongji University and Politecnico di Milano (magna cum laude). His research interests include probabilistic reasoning, optimal control, computer vision and machine learning, with a focus in unmanned ground vehicles.