Venanzio Cichella

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign




1043 ERF


In a few decades autonomous flying, ground, and marine vehicles will be helping people with everyday activities, revolutionizing our conventional style of living, and improving the quality of our lives. In order to operate in the real world, these vehicles must possess high levels of autonomy, and must be capable of executing complex tasks in a safe and reliable manner.
The first part of this talk will discuss the prospect of autonomous technologies, and will introduce some challenges for the integration of autonomous vehicles into real-world environments. I will focus in particular on the problem of enabling multiple vehicles to perform desired missions in cooperative ways. A representative example includes the challenging mission scenario where the vehicles are tasked to cooperatively execute collision-free maneuvers and arrive at their final destinations at the same time (time-critical operations). I will proceed by presenting methodologies aimed at addressing this challenge, with emphasis on my work on trajectory generation and cooperative control. The presentation will end with current and future research directions, including the design of motion control strategies for autonomous robots that co-exist with humans.

Venanzio Cichella received his B.S. and M.S. in Automation Engineering in 2007 and 2011, respectively, from the University of Bologna, Italy. Before that, he spent 9 month at TU Delft as an Erasmus student, and 1 year at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA, as a visiting scholar and research assistant. In 2011, he started working on control of autonomous vehicles at the Naval Postgraduate School. In 2012, he moved to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering. In 2015, he received the Ross J. Martin Memorial Award from the College of Engineering at UIUC for outstanding research achievement. His research interests include cooperative control of autonomous robots, collision avoidance, nonlinear systems, and human-centered robotic design.

Host: Dr. Michael Scott
For more information, please contact Prof. Michael Scott, mjscott@uic.edu