Dimitra Panagou | Faculty

Dimitra Panagou

Assistant Professor, Aerospace Engineering

3057 FXB
dpanagou@umich.edu
(734) 763-2355

 

 

Short Bio

Dimitra Panagou is an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan, Aerospace Engineering Department. Her research interests include the fields of motion planning, coordination and control of complex dynamical systems, with applications in unmanned aerial systems, multi-vehicle systems (ground, marine, aerial, space) and robotic networks. She received the PhD degree in Engineering (April 2012) and the Diploma degree in Mechanical Engineering (February 2006) from the School of Mechanical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Greece. Prior to joining the University of Michigan she was a postdoctoral research associate with the Coordinated Science Laboratory, University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign (August 2012 – August 2014), a visiting research scholar with the GRASP Lab, University of Pennsylvania (June 2013, fall 2010) and a visiting research scholar with the University of Delaware, Mechanical Engineering Department (spring 2009).

Dimitra’s research program emphasizes in the exploration, development and implementation of control theoretic methods in order to address real world constrained control problems via analytic, provably correct solutions. Her research spans the areas of nonlinear systems and control, decentralized/ distributed systems and control, motion and path planning, switched and hybrid systems, constrained decision making and control, and networked robotic/control systems. Multi-objective (semi-)cooperative control problems, such as distributed dynamic coverage, collision avoidance and connectivity maintenance for multi-agent systems in constrained environments are, among others, some examples of her research pursuits. 

EDUCATION

PhD in Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Greece (2012)

Diploma in Mechanical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Greece (2006)

POSITIONS HELD AT U-M

Assistant Professor, September 2014-present

SOCIETY MEMBERSHIPS

Member, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), 2014-present

Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2008-present 

Member, Technical Chamber of Greece, 2006-present

Specializations & Research Interests

Nonlinear systems and control, multi-agent systems, robotics, decentralized/distributed systems and control, switched and hybrid systems, motion and path planning, underactuated systems and constrained control, set-theoretic methods in control, with applications in unmanned aerial systems, robotic networks and autonomous multi-vehicle systems (ground, marine, aerial, space).

Teaching Interests

348: Aircraft Dynamics and Control

584: Avionics, Navigation and Guidance of Aerospace Vehicles 

Recent Publications

Peer – Reviewed Journal Publications

  1.  D. Panagou “Feedback planning and semi-cooperative distributed coordination in heterogeneous multi-robot systems”, under review
  2. D. Panagou, D. M. Stipanović and P. G. Voulgaris “Distributed coordination control for multi-robot networks using Lyapunov-like barrier functions”, accepted as Full Paper in the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, to appear
  3.  D. Panagou, H. G. Tanner and K. J. Kyriakopoulos “Control design for a class of nonholonomic systems via reference vector fields and output regulation”, ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control, 137(8), 081011, August 2015, doi: 10.1115/1.4030335
  4. D. Panagou, D. M. Stipanović and P. G. Voulgaris “Dynamic coverage control in unicycle multi-robot networks under anisotropic sensing”Frontiers in Robotics and AI: Multi-Robot Systems, March 2015, doi: 10.3389/frobt.2015.00003
  5. D. Panagou and V. Kumar “Cooperative visibility maintenance for Leader – Follower formations in obstacle environments”, IEEE Transactions on Robotics, 30(4), pp. 831-844, August 2014
  6. D. Panagou and K. J. Kyriakopoulos “Dynamic positioning for an underactuated marine vehicle using hybrid control”, International Journal on Control (2013), DOI: 10.1080/00207179.2013.828853
  7. D. Panagou and K. J. Kyriakopoulos “Viability control for a class of underactuated systems”, IFAC Automatica, 49 (2013), pp. 17-29, DOI information: 10.1016/j.automatica.2012.09.002

 

Peer – Reviewed Conference Publications

  1. D. Panagou, D. M. Stipanović and P. G. Voulgaris “Vision-based dynamic coverage control for nonholonomic agents”53rd IEEE Conf. on Decision and Control, Los Angeles, CA, December 2014
  2. D. Panagou, M. Turpin and V. Kumar “Decentralized Goal Assignment and Trajectory Generation for Multi-robot Networks: A Multiple Lyapunov Functions Approach”, 2014 IEEE Int. Conf. on Robotics and Automation, Hong Kong, China, June 2014
  3. D. Panagou “Motion planning and collision avoidance using navigation vector fields”, 2014 IEEE Int. Conf. on Robotics and Automation, Hong Kong, China, June 2014
  4. D. Panagou, D. M. Stipanović and P. G. Voulgaris “Multi-objective control for multi-agent systems using Lyapunov-like barrier functions”, 52nd IEEE Conf. on Decision and Control, Firenze, Italy, December 2013
  5. Sp. Maniatopoulos, D. Panagou and K. J. Kyriakopoulos “A Model Predictive Control scheme for the navigation of a nonholonomic vehicle with field-of-view constraints”, 2013 American Control Conf., Washington DC, June 2013
  6. 6)     D. Panagou and K. J. Kyriakopoulos “Cooperative formation control of underactuated marine vehicles for target surveillance under sensing and communication constraints”, 2013 IEEE Int. Conf. on Robotics and Automation, Karlsruhe, Germany, May 2013
  7. D. Panagou and V. Kumar “Maintaining visibility for Leader – Follower formations in obstacle environments”, 2012 IEEE Int. Conf. on Robotics and Automation, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA, May 2012
  8. D. Panagou, Sp. Maniatopoulos and K. J. Kyriakopoulos “Control of an underactuated underwater vehicle in 3D space under field-of-view constraints”, IFAC Workshop on Navigation, Guidance and Control of Underwater Vehicles, Porto, Portugal, April 2012
  9. D. Panagou and K. J. Kyriakopoulos “Control of underactuated systems with viability constraints”, 50th IEEE Conf. on Decision and Control and European Control Conf., Orlando, FL, USA, December 2011
  10. 10)  D. Panagou, H. G. Tanner and K. J. Kyriakopoulos “Control of nonholonomic systems using reference vector fields”, 50th IEEE Conf. on Decision and Control and European Control Conf., Orlando, FL, USA, December 2011
  11. D. Panagou and K. J. Kyriakopoulos “A switching control approach for the robust practical stabilization of a unicycle-like marine vehicle under non-vanishing perturbations”, 2011 IEEE Int. Conf. on Robotics and Automation, Shanghai, P.R. China, May 2011
  12. D. Panagou, H. G. Tanner and K. J. Kyriakopoulos “Dipole-like fields for stabilization of systems with Pfaffian constraints”, 2010 IEEE Int. Conf. on Robotics and Automation, Anchorage, Alaska, USA, May 2010
  13. D. Panagou, K. Margellos, S. Summers, J. Lygeros and K. J. Kyriakopoulos “A viability approach for the stabilization of an underactuated underwater vehicle in the presence of current disturbances”, 48th IEEE Conf. on Decision and Control, Shanghai, P.R. China, December 2009
  14. N. Papantonopoulos, D. Panagou and St. Alexandri “A navigation system for underwater vehicles integrating DVL and USBL measurements", 9th Hellenic Symposium of Oceanography, Patras, Greece, May 2009
  15. D. Panagou, G. C. Karras and K. J. Kyriakopoulos “Towards the stabilization of an underactuated underwater vehicle in the presence of unknown disturbances”, MTS/IEEE OCEANS 2008 Conf., Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, September 2008
  16. G. C. Karras, D. Panagou and K. J. Kyriakopoulos “Target – referenced localization of an underwater vehicle using a Laser based Vision System”, MTS/IEEE OCEANS 2006 Conf., Boston, MA, USA, September 2006 

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