The University of Texas at Dallas

Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science


2018 Texas Systems Day

April 6, 2018

Texas Systems Day (TSD) is a one day event to promote interaction between researchers in Texas who are working in the area of systems, controls and robotics.



Symposium: TI Auditorium, ECSS 2.102, UT Dallas, Richardson, TX
Student Posters Session: ECS Courtyard (weather permitting)
ECSN Atrium (Inclement weather)

Poster Presentation Participants

Rice University

  • Issam Ben Moallem, “Localization for Autonomous Underwater Robots Inside Oil Storage Tanks”

Texas A&M

  • Sangjin Han, “PID Controller Design with an H Infinity Criterion”
  • Dilshad R Akkam Veettil, Suman Chakravorty, “Particle Gaussian Mixture Filters-II

University of Houston

  • Julien Leclerc, Benedict Isichei, Yitong Hao, and Aaron Becker, “Controlling Magnetic Miniature Robots Using Electromagnets Cooled with Liquid Nitrogen”
  • Arun Mahadev, “Mapping an Unknown Region Using Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Particles”

University of North Texas

  • Wen Du, Xinlei Yi, Jemin George, Karl H. Johansson, and Tao Yang, “Distributed Optimization with Dynamic Event-Triggered Mechanisms”
  • Lisha Yao, Ye Yuan, Shreyas Sundaram, Tao Yang, “Distributed Finite-Time Optimization”
  • Roya Norouzi Kandalan, “Impact of Mobility on Consensus Building in the Leader-Follower Model”

UT Arlington

  • Mushuang Liu, “Analytical Framework of Airspace Capacity for Unmanned Aerieal Systems (UASs)”
  • Victor G. Lopez, Yan Wan, and Frank L. Lewis, “Bayesian Graphical Games for Synchronization in Dynamical Systems”
  • Diganta Bhattacharjee, Kamesh Subbarao, “Wing Inertia Effects of Flight Dynamics of Flapping Wing Micro Air Vehicles”
  • Rajnish Bhusal, Kamesh Subbarao, “Uncertainty Quantification Using Generalized Polynomial Chaos for Nonlinear Dynamical Systems”
  • Ameya R. Godbole, Kamesh Subbarao, “Nonlinear Extended State Observer Based Stabilization and Control of Multi-Copters with Cable Slung Payloads”
  • Paul Quillen, Kamesh Subbarao, “Path Planning and Trajectory Tracking Using Modified Wavefront Expansion and Nonlinear Model Predictive Control”

UT Austin

  • Soovadeep Bakshi, Zeyu Yan, “A Fast Algorithm on Minimum-Time Scheduling of an Autonomous Ground Vehicle Using a Traveling Salesman Framework”
  • Gray Thomas, “Uncertain Models and Robust Control for Series Elastic, Multi-Contact Robots”
  • Gray Thomas, Binghan He, Luis Sentis, “Safety Control Synthesis with Input Limits: A Hybrid Approach”
  • Taylor Niehues, Anna Shafer, and Ashish Deshpande, “Understanding Human Hand Dexterity Using A Human-Like Robotic Testbed”
  • Asad Ul Haq, Dragan Djurdjanovic, “Robustly Stabilizing Dual-Mode Model Predictive Control of Nonlinear Systems”
  • Zicheng Cai, Asad Ul Haq, Dragan Djurdjanovic, “HVAC Dual-Mode Model Predictive Control for Energy and Robustness Evaluation”

UT Dallas

  • Cesar Contreras, “Stabilization of a Flying Inverted Pendulum Using Controlled Lagrangians”
  • Edgar Bolivar, “How Much Energy Can Really Be Saved Using Series Elastic Actuators?”
  • Olalekan Ogunmolu, Dan Nguyen, Nicholas Gans, Steve Jiang, “Automatic Beam Orientation Optimization via Deep Reinforcement Learning”
  • Jianping Lin, “Optimal Path Planning For Stochastic Nonholonomic Systems Using Small Segment Sampling (SSS) Method”
  • Mohammad Maroufi, Hamed Alemansour, M. Bulut Coskun, S. O. Reza Moheimani, “A Closed-loop MEMS Force Sensor with Adjustable Stiffness”
  • Yi Guo, Tyler Summers, “Data-based Optimal Power Flow”
  • Asif Iqbal, Nicholas R. Gans, “Localization of Classified Objects in SLAM using Nonparametric Statistics and Clustering”
  • Yan Xiao, Yaoyu Li, Mario Rotea, “CART3 Field Tests for Wind Turbine Region-2 Operation with Extremum Seeking Controllers”
  • Yan Xiao, Yaoyu Li, Mario Rotea, “Multi-objective Extremum Seeking Control for Enhancement of Wind Power Capture with Load Reduction”
  • Moinak Pyne, Steve Yurkovich, “Battery Capacity Evaluations”
  • Changyuan Li, “Information Structure Design in Dynamic Team Decision Problems”
  • Nastaran Nikooienejad, Afshin Alipour, Mohammad Maroufi, S. O. Reza Moheimani, “Video-Rate Non-Raster AFM Imaging with Cycloid Trajectory: An Internal Model Control Approach”
  • Zhongfan Zhao, “Input Selection for Multivariable Extremum Seeking Control with Application to Real-Time Optimization of a Chilled-Water Plant”
  • Tunga R., Justin Ruths, Carlos Murguia, “Tuning of Windowed Chi-Squared Detectors for Sensor Attacks”
  • Fenglin Zhou, Yaoyu Li, Wenyi Wang, “Energy Management of Smart Community with EV Charging Using Distributed Model Predictive Control
  • Yuanzhi Liu, Jie Zhang, “Air-Based Battery Thermal Management System for Electric Vehicles: Experimental Study and Optimization”
  • Samragni Dutta Roy, “Grid Scale Energy Storage Sharing Among Wind Farms”
  • Muncun Sun, Cong Feng, Jie Zhang, Erol Kevin Chartan, Bri-Mathias Hodge, “Probalistic Short-term Wind Forecasting Based on Pinball Loss Optimization”
  • Mohsen Jafarzadeh, Sharon Choi, Stephen Brooks, Mark Cordova, Manpreet Dhot, Luis Hall-Valdez, and Yonas Tadesse, “Developing loT based Control System for a Social Humanoid Robot (HBS2)
  • Mohsen Jafarzadeh, Nicholas Gans, and Yonas Tadesse, “Control of Twisted and Coiled Polymer (TCP) Muscles using Fuzzy Inference System”
  • Armita Hamidi, Yonas Tadesse, “Additive Manufacturing of Multifunctional Structures for Robots”
  • Chih-Lun Chang, “Data-Driven Distributed PV Sharing in Microgrid with Dynamic Electricity Prices”
  • Umberto Ciri, Mario A. Rotea, Stefano Leonardi, “Model-free Control of Wind Farms: A Comparative Study Between Individual and Coordinated Extremum Seeking”
  • Umberto Ciri, Mario A. Rotea, Stefano Leonardi, “Effect of the Turbine Scale on Yaw Control”
  • M. Bulut Coskun, Hamed Alemansour, Mohammad Maroufi, S. O. Reza Moheimani, “Dealing with Electrical Feedthrough in Active AFM Cantilevers”
  • Farzad Karami, “Modeling of Twisted and Coiled Polymer (TCP) Muscles Actuation”
  • Akshay Potnuru, Yonas Tadesse, “Coiled SMA Actuators for Soft Robots”
  • Zhongyou Wu, “Platform Stabilization and Load Reduction of Floating Offshore Wind Turbines Using Dynamic Vibration Absorbers”
  • Kaveh Fathian, Tyler Summers, Nicholas Gans, “Robust Distributed Formation Control of Agents with Higher-Order Dynamics”
  • Venkatraman Renganathan, Tyler Summers, “Spoof Resilient Coordination in Distributed and Robust Multi-Robot Systems”
  • Sahand Hadizadeh Kafash, and Justin Ruths, “Constraining Attacker Capabilities Through Actuator Saturation”
  • Mahsa Lotfi, M. Vidyasagar, “Non-Iterative Recovery Algorithm in Compressed Sensing”

Parking Information

If you plan on driving to campus, here is link to the parking map: . The best location to park is in Parking Structure 4 (PS4 on the map). TSD will be held in the Engineering & Computer Science Building (ECSS on the map). You’ll need to contact Kathryn Owens @ [email protected] for the Pay-by-Space, parking code and directions.


The following will be provided by the organizers during Texas Systems Day 2018: morning break, lunch and an afternoon reception during the poster session.

Symposium Schedule

8:30-9:30 a.m.

Control of Wind Turbines and Wind Farms
Lucy Pao, University of Colorado, Boulder

9:30-10:00 a.m.

Coffee Break

10:00-12:00 p.m.

Morning Session

Robustly Stable, Computationally Feasible Model Predictive Control of Nonlinear Systems
Dragan Djurdjanovic, UT-Austin

Polynomial Optimization via Parabolic Relaxation with Applications to Power System Control and Planning
Ramtin Madani, UTArlington

Throughput-Optimal Scheduling for Multi-Hop Networked Transportation Systems with Switch-Over Delay
I-Hong Hou, Texas A&M University

Cooperative Learning Control
Rangana N. Jayawardhana, Texas Tech University

Information Theory for Feedback Systems: Recent Developments and Perspectives
Takashi Tanaka, UT-Austin

Computational Optimization of Internal Combustion Engines
Haiwen Ge, Texas Tech University


12:00-1:00 p.m.


1:00-2:20 p.m.

Afternoon Session

Bio-inspired Underwater Robots Enabled by Electroactive Polymer Artificial Muscles
Zheng Chen, University of Houston

Soft actuators for Soft Robots and Humanoids
Yonas Tadesse, UT Dallas

Aerospace Robotics: Structural and Sensing Systems
Manoranjan Majji, Texas A&M University

Hierarchical Control of Aircraft Electro-Thermal Systems
Justin Koeln, UT Dallas

2:20-3:00 p.m.

NSF Talk
Funding Opportunities at NSF in Dynamics and Control
Atul Kelkar, NSF

3:00-5:00 p.m.

Poster session
Student Presentations

Hotel Information

If you plan on staying overnight in Dallas we have set up a block of rooms at the Wingate by Wyndham in Richardson: 1577 Gateway Blvd. Richardson, TX 75080. 972-234-5400. These rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis for both Thursday 4/5 and Friday 4/6 with a room rate of $79. Just ask for the Texas Systems Day room block.

Steering Committee

2018 Organizational Committee

  • Reza Moheimani (Chair, from Host Institution UT Dallas)
  • Steve Yurkovich (UT Dallas)
  • Raktim Bhattacharya (Texas A&M)