06-01-2018 | Abdollah Homaifar: Overview of Testing, Evaluation and Control of Heterogenous Large-Scale Systems of Autonomous Vehicles (TECHLAV) Center

Title: Overview of Testing, Evaluation and Control of Heterogeneous Large-Scale Systems of Autonomous Vehicles (TECHLAV) Center

Speaker: Dr. Abdollah (“Ebbie”) Homaifar, Duke Energy Eminent Professor and Director, Autonomous Control and Information Technology (ACIT) Institute,

Date: Thursday, June 7, 2018

Time: 1:00pm

Location: NASA/LaRC, Bldg. 2102, Rooms 112&113

Hosts: Danette Allen, NASA/LaRC and Doug Stanley, National Institute of Aerospace

TECHLAV is a DoD Center of Excellence in Autonomy, led by North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (N.C. A&T) in collaboration with the University of Texas at San Antonio and the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, to conduct strong integrated multi-disciplinary research and education on Large Scale Autonomous Systems of Vehicles (LSASV). There are three research thrusts under the TECHLAV Center. Thrust 1 develops scalable methodologies to improve modeling, analysis, localization, navigation, and control of LSASVs. Thrust 2 develops systematic techniques to enhance the reliability and efficacy of the control structure and the communication backbone for LSASVs. Thrust 3 develops and provides technologies and tools for the testing, evaluation, validation, and verification of LSASVs. The speakers will be giving an overview of TECHLAV and its key research activities within the center. In an attempt to promote collaborations among faculty in TECHLAV, the National Institute of Aerospace and NASA Langley researchers, the focus of the talk will mostly be on the individual tasks within each thrust.


Dr. Abdollah Homaifar received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1979 and 1980, respectively, and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Alabama in 1987, all in electrical engineering.  He is currently the Duke Energy Eminent professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Carolina A&T State University (NCA&TSU).  He is also the director of the Autonomous Control and Information Technology Institute and the Testing, Evaluation, and Control of Heterogeneous Large-scale Systems of Autonomous Vehicles (TECHLAV) at NCA&TSU.  His research interests include machine learning, climate data processing, optimization, optimal control, flexible robotics, signal processing, soft computing and modeling.  He is the author and co-author of over 350 articles in journals and conference proceedings, one book, and three chapters of books.  He has participated in six short courses, serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Intelligent Automation and Soft Computing, and is a reviewer for the IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems, Man Machines & Cybernetics, and Neural Networks.  He is a member of the IEEE Control Society, Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, and Eta Kapa Nu .