Nikolay A. Atanasov

PhD Candidate
GRASP Laboratory
Electrical and Systems Engineering
University of Pennsylvania


I received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Trinity College, Hartford, CT, in 2008 and the M.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, in 2012.

Currently, I am working towards my PhD at the department of Electrical and Systems Engineering, University of Pennsylvania under the supervision of George J. Pappas and Kostas Daniilidis. I also work closely with Jerome Le Ny.


Research Interests

My research goal is to design control and estimation techniques that increase the autonomy, reliability, efficiency, and versatility of robotic sensing systems. In particular, I focus on controlling teams of robots to collect information about physical processes of interest in applications such as environmental monitoring, security and surveillance, localization and mapping, construction and structure inspection, search and rescue, and object recognition. In addition to system modeling, algorithmic design, and theoretical analysis, my work involves experimental validation in real robot deployments.

The fields relevant to my research are control theory, optimization, sensor management, and computer vision.