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Aerospace Professors Girard, Kolmanovsky, and Panagou receive award for their work at the Automotive Research Center

Aerospace Engineering congratulates three of our faculty who received the Ted Kennedy Family Faculty Team Excellence Award for 2019-20 for their work on the Automotive Research Center. | Medium Read
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Aerospace Engineering congratulates Professors Girard, Kolmanovsky, and Panagou who received the Ted Kennedy Family Faculty Team Excellence Award along with the other Michigan Engineering faculty at the Automotive Research Center (ARC). 


Professor Anouck Girard and Professor Ilya Kolmanovsky lead the Autonomously Learning Mobility Limits Project at the ARC. Professor Kolmanovsky specializes in control and advanced aerospace and automotive systems in his research at Michigan and Professor Girard is interested in both vehicle control and autonomy. At the ARC, they have developed new algorithms and theories for autonomous learning, prediction, and adaptation in ground vehicles and powertrain systems. Their work will allow ground vehicles to establish less conservative estimates of their performance limits, increasing their actual performance and mobility without risking a catastrophic failure. 



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Professor Dimitra Panagou is involved in two projects through the ARC, both related to her research interests of coordination, cooperation, and control of complex systems. In the Situational Awareness and Sustained Survivability Through Man/Unmanned Teaming Project, she develops systems to defend less agile ground vehicles against small unmanned aerial vehicles. On the Adversarially Robust Coordination for Autonomous Multi-Vehicle Systems Project Team, Prof. Panagou works to increase the safety and resilience of networks of autonomous vehicles against adversaries.


Professors Girard, Kolmanovsky, and Panagou received the Kennedy Family Award along with the other faculty at the ARC. The Research Center brings together faculty from many engineering departments within the University of Michigan and several other Institutions for cutting research in partnership with the U.S. Army CCDC Ground Vehicle Systems Center. 

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The electrons absorb laser light and set up “momentum combs” (the hills) spanning the energy valleys within the material (the red line). When the electrons have an energy allowed by the quantum mechanical structure of the material—and also touch the edge of the valley—they emit light. This is why some teeth of the combs are bright and some are dark. By measuring the emitted light and precisely locating its source, the research mapped out the energy valleys in a 2D crystal of tungsten diselenide. Credit: Markus Borsch, Quantum Science Theory Lab, University of Michigan.

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