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Emilio Frazzoli

Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics

C.S. Draper Associate Professor
University of Rome “La Sapienza,” Laurea, Aeronautical Engineering, 1994
MIT, PhD, Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2001

Biographical Overview

Emilio Frazzoli is an associate professor of aeronautics and astronautics at the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems. He received a Laurea degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Rome, “La Sapienza,” in 1994 and a PhD in navigation and control systems from MIT’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics 2001. From 1994 to 1997 he worked as an officer in the Italian navy and as a spacecraft dynamics specialist for the European Space Agency Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germany, and Telespazio in Rome, Italy. From 2001 to 2004 he was an assistant professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and was an assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles, from 2004 to 2006. He is a senior member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and received a
NSF CAREER award in 2002.

Research Areas

Dr. Frazzoli’s research interests are focused mainly in the area of planning and control for mobile cyber-physical systems with an emphasis on autonomous vehicles, mobile robotics, and transportation networks, including:

  • Motion Planning and Control in Uncertain/Dynamic Environments
  • Symbolic and Formal Methods in Control and Robotics
  • Control of Multi-vehicle Systems and Mobile Networks
  • Large-scale Transportation Networks

Selected Publications

E. Frazzoli, M.A. Dahleh, and E. Feron, “Real-time motion planning for agile autonomous vehicles,” AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, vol. 25, no. 1, pp. 116–129, 2002.

E. Frazzoli, M.A. Dahleh, and E. Feron, “Maneuver-based motion planning for nonlinear systems with symmetries,” IEEE Trans. on Robotics, vol. 21, pp. 1077–1091, Dec. 2005.

V. Sharma, M. Savchenko, E. Frazzoli, E., and P. Voulgaris, “Transfer time complexity of conflict-free vehicle routing with no communications,” International Journal of Robotics Research, vol. 26, pp. 255–272, March 2007.

Savla, K., Frazzoli, E., and Bullo, F., “Traveling salesperson problems for the Dubins vehicle,” IEEE Trans. on Automatic Control, vol. 53, no. 6, pp. 1378–1391, 2008.

M. Pavone, K. Savla, and E. Frazzoli, “Optimal workload sharing for mobile robotic networks in dynamic environments,” IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine, to appear 2009.

Y. Kuwata, J. Teo, G. Fiore, S. Karaman, E. Frazzoli, and J. How, “Real-time motion planning with applications to autonomous urban driving,” IEEE Trans. on Control Systems Technologies, to appear 2009.

J.J. Enright, K. Savla, E. Frazzoli, and F. Bullo, “Stochastic and dynamic routing problems for multiple UAVs,” AIAA J. of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, to appear 2009.

A. Arsie, K. Savla, and E. Frazzoli, E., “Efficient routing algorithms for multiple vehicles with no explicit communications,” IEEE Trans. on Automatic Control, to appear 2009.

E. Frazzoli, “Robust Hybrid Control for Autonomous Vehicle Motion Planning,” PhD Thesis, June 2001, Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT. Thesis supervisors: M. Dahleh and E. Feron.

Recent Educational Activities

16.410/16.413: Principles of Autonomy and Decision Making
16.30: Estimation and control of Aerospace Systems

LIDS Colloquium

Awards and Grants

C.S. Draper career development chair, 2006-2009
List of Instructors Ranked as Excellent by their Students, University of Illinois, 2003
NSF CAREER Award 2002
Best aerospace thesis national award, Italian Insitute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 1994

NSF Career Grant: “High-Confidence Software for Aerospace Embedded Systems”
NSF, “Dynamic Task-Based Coordination of Large-Scale Mobile Robotic Networks,” joint with M. Dahleh
NSF, “Teamwork vs. Congestion: the Role of Scale in Large Mobile Networks,” joint with M. Dahleh
NASA, “Impact of Degraded Environment on Airspace Safety (IDEAS),” joint with E. Feron (Georgia Tech)
AFOSR, Michigan/AFRL Cooperative Center on Control Science, joint with A. Girard (Univ. Michigan)
NSF, “Foundations for Reconfigurable and Autonomous Cyber-Physical Systems,” joint with M. Dahleh, C. Ratti, D. Acemoglu, P. Parrillo, and J. Doyle (Caltech)

Emilio Frazzoli

77 Massachusetts Ave.,
Cambridge, MA 02139
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617-253-3578 fax