Hovakimyan named director of Intelligent Robotics Lab
MechSE Professor Naira Hovakimyan was named director of the new Intelligent Robotics Lab, an initiative of the Coordinated Science Laboratory at Illinois. An interdisciplinary collaboration of faculty from MechSE, Aerospace Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering, Computer Science, and Civil and Environmental Engineering, research in the lab will aim to achieve breakthroughs in robotics and smart UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) using motion-capture technology, with an emphasis on real-world solutions. Professor Geir Dullerud and Associate Professor Prashant Mehta, both from MechSE, are also affiliates of the new lab.
Hovakimyan, a University Scholar and Schaller Faculty Scholar, is at the forefront of the field of robust adaptive control systems, and her L1 adaptive controller recently made history as the first to successfully be tested on manned aircraft.
She joined the MechSE department in 2008, and is also an affiliate faculty in the departments of Aerospace Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering, as well as a professor in CSL and the Information Trust Institute. She earned her PhD in physics and mathematics from the Russian Academy of Sciences in 1992.