Emilio Frazzoli

Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics

  • University of Rome “La Sapienza,” Laurea, Aeronautical Engineering, 1994
  • MIT, PhD, Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2001

Brief Biography

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.


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. 

Selected Awards

  • 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

Selected Grants

  • 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)

Courses Taught

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