The University of Texas at Dallas

Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science


2018 Texas Systems Day

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 Submission

Students are encouraged to present a poster at TSD 2018. If you intend to do so, submit information for your poster through the “Submit A Poster” button on the website.


  • The participants will bring  posters (single chart, standard conference  36" tall, 48" wide) with them.
  • Conference will provide boards and pins.
  • If there is need for a custom size, we will try to accommodate them. Please make request in advance.
  • Please submit name of the student, advisor and title.

Submit A Poster

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)