About me

Contact Info
142 Coordinated Science Laboratory
College of Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1308 W. Main St., Urbana, IL, 61801

e-mail : dpanagou.at.illinois.edu

Starting September 2014 I will be an Assistant Professor at the Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Please see my new website!

Short Bio
I received my Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (February 2006) and my PhD in Engineering (April 2012) from the School of Mechanical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Greece. During my undergraduate and doctoral studies I was with the Control Systems Lab of the Mechanical Engineering Department, under the supervision of Prof. Kostas J. Kyriakopoulos.

In August 2012 I joined the groups of Prof. Dusan M. Stipanovic and Prof. Petros G. Voulgaris at the Coordinated Science Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as a Postdoctoral Research Associate. I am currently working on multi-objective control for multi-agent robotic networks.

In June 2013 and in Fall Semester 2010 I was a visiting scholar at the GRASP Laboratory, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Pennsylvania, invited by Prof. Vijay Kumar. My recent work is on distributed task assignment and trajectory generation problems for multi-robot networks, while my earlier work was on the motion coordination and control of multiple nonholonomic robots with visibility and communication constraints in obstacle environments.

In Spring Semester 2009 I was a visiting scholar at the Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Delaware, invited by Ass. Prof. Herbert G. Tanner.

Research Interests
My research interests mainly lie within the fields of motion planning, coordination and multi-objective control of robotic systems (mobile, marine, aerial), with emphasis in the exploration and development of set-theoretic control methods, in order to address real world constrained control problems via analytic, provably correct solutions.

I am particularly interested in complex systems which are subject to motion constraints, under-actuation, restricted sensing/communications and additive disturbances, under multiple control objectives such as dynamic coverage, collision avoidance and connectivity maintenance.

I am generally interested in nonlinear systems and control, motion and path planning, multi-agent systems, decentralized/distributed systems and control, underactuated systems, constrained control, hybrid and switched systems.

For more details, see my CV