M. Ani Hsieh

M. Ani Hsieh

Research Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics (MEAM)

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Honors and Awards:  NSF CAREER Award – 2013, ONR Young Investigator Award – 2012, The John A. Goff Prize – 2007

Research Expertise: Robotics | Dynamical Systems | Control Systems

Ani is interested in problems that lie at the intersection of robotics, dynamical systems theory, and uncertainty. She believes robots can be powerful interfaces to the dynamical systems around us. The role of autonomy is to mediate the mismatches in temporal and spatial scales between our thoughts and action, and those processes we interact with. Towards this end, Ani and her group design new algorithms and architectures to coordinate heterogeneous robot swarms, harness environmental dynamics for improved robot planning and control, enable a team of robots to adaptively track and estimate invariant features in nonlinear dynamical systems, understand the emergence of global patterns from local interactions in multi-agent systems, and design of novel robotic platforms. Applications include environmental monitoring, mapping and exploration, oceanography, and search and rescue.

Member of:
  • General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP)
  • Affiliations:  Electrical and Systems Engineering Graduate Group; Computer and Information Science Graduate Group

    Education:
    PhD Mechanical Engineering 2007 – University of Pennsylvania
    M.Sc. Mechanical Engineering 2005 – University of Pennsylvania
    B.S. Engineering 1999 – Swarthmore College
    B.A. Economics 1999 – Swarthmore College

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