MnDRIVE Seminar Series in Control and Robotics

The MnDRIVE Initiative and its focus on Robotics, Sensing, and Manufacturing presents a unique opportunity to engage students, faculty, and industry, and exchange ideas and experiences in these interdisciplinary research topics within the overarching theme of Control and Dynamical Systems. To this end, our objective is to organize a seminar series that builds on the ongoing activities within the Control Science and Dynamic Systems (CSDy) Center at the University of Minnesota. The CSDy Center is one of the earlier centers at the University of Minnesota, founded by the late Professors E. Bruce Lee and Larry Markus in 1963, and it has played a pivotal role ever since in driving research and education in the controls area across the nation. Through the years the focal activity of the Center has been a CSDy Seminar Series which brought resonance among faculty and students. The objective of the MnDRIVE Seminar Series in Control and Robotics is to go above and beyond the current model by fostering further interaction between university and industry and by promoting future collaborative and entrepreneurial efforts. We aim to provide an invaluable educational forum for our graduate students by brining in leading researchers and industrial talent to Twin Cities campus.

To suggest speakers and visitors, please contact Mihailo Jovanovic.


With MnDRIVE Seminar Speaker Mehran Mesbahi; May 2015.

Left to right: Mehran Mesbahi, Tryphon Georgiou, MJ, Goldy Gopher, Andy Lamperski, Demoz Gebre-Egziabher, Sairaj Dhople.

Spring 2015


Mehran Mesbahi, University of Washington
Networked Systems: Influence Geometry, Compositional Algebra, and Distributed Learning

May 4, 2015, 2:30pm; 3-180 Keller Hall


Sridevi Sarma, Johns Hopkins University
On the Therapeutic Mechanisms of Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson's Disease: Why High Frequency?

April 27, 2015, 2:30pm; 4-178 Keller Hall


Jordan Berg, Program Director, National Science Foundation
The NSF/ENG/CMMI Dynamics, Control, and Systems Diagnostics Program

April 15, 2015, 3:00pm; 4-178 Keller Hall


Dennice Gayme, Johns Hopkins University
Toward Flexible and Efficient Next Generation Power Systems

April 6, 2015, 2:30pm; 3-180 Keller Hall


Michael Demetriou, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Overview of Placement, Allocation, Scheduling and Guidance of Actuators and Sensors in Distributed Parameter Systems

March 2, 2015, 2:30pm; 4-178A Keller Hall


Izchak Lewkowicz, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Convex Invertible Cones in Linear Systems Theory

Feb. 23, 2015, 2:30pm, 4-178A Keller Hall

Fall 2014


Jozsef Bokor, Institute for Computer Science and Control, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Identification of Pole-Structure of Flexible Wing Models Using Hyperbolic Metrics

Dec. 10, 2014, 12:20pm; 56 Rapson Hall


Sonja Glavaski, Program Director, Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E)
Power Grid of the Future

Dec. 4, 2014, 11:15am; 3-180 Keller Hall


Joost Veenman, University of Stuttgart
A Synthesis Framework for Robust Gain-Scheduling Controllers

Nov. 24, 2014, 2:30pm; 317 Akerman Hall


Paul Constantine, Colorado School of Mines
My Model Has Too Many Parameters! Active Subspaces for Dimension Reduction

Nov. 5, 2014, 11:15am; 5-120 Keller Hall


Nikolai Matni, California Institute of Technology
Regularization for Design: Connections Between Distributed Control and Sparse Reconstruction Theory

Oct. 6, 2014, 2:30pm; 3-180 Keller Hall


Florian Dorfler, ETH Zurich
Plug-and-Play Control and Optimization in Microgrids

Sept. 29, 2014, 2:30pm; 4-178A Keller Hall

Summer 2014


Anders Rantzer, Lund University
Scalable Robustness Analysis Using Integral Quadratic Constraints

Aug. 15, 2014, 11am; 3-180 Keller Hall

Spring 2014


Eric Frew, University of Colorado at Boulder
Net-Centric Control of Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Communication and Sensing Applications

May 9, 2014, 2:30pm; 319 Akerman Hall
Cross-listed with AEM Colloquium


John Baras, University of Maryland
Simple Distributed Control of Networked CPS: Indirect and Direct Communications

April 24, 2014, 10am; 4-178 Keller Hall


Vijay Gupta, University of Notre Dame
Control of Cyber-Physical Systems: Recent Results and New Challenges

April 18, 2014, 11am; 3-180 Keller Hall


Jakob Stoustrup, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Control of Complex Systems: From Big Data to Big Control

April 4, 2014, 2:30pm; 319 Akerman Hall
Cross-listed with AEM Colloquium


Magnus Egerstedt, Georgia Institute of Technology
From Global Properties to Local Rules for Multi-Agent Systems
Abstract    Video

March 13, 2014, 4pm; 3-115 Keller Hall
Cross-listed with ECE Colloquium


Magnus Egerstedt, Georgia Institute of Technology
The Mechanics of an Engineering MOOC: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly
Abstract    Video

March 12, 2014, 3pm; 3-180 Keller Hall


Clarence Rowley, Princeton University
Low-order models for control of fluids: balanced models and the Koopman operator

March 7, 2014, 2:30pm; 319 Akerman Hall
Cross-listed with AEM Colloquium


Daniel Zelazo, Technion
Clustering, Robustness, and Effective Resistance in Linear Consensus Protocols

Feb. 17, 2014, 3pm; 4-178 Keller Hall