Michael W. Otte


Updates and News

In Spring 2018 I will be starting as an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park in the Department of Aerospace Engineering!

I am in the process of building a lab that will focus on motion planning and multi-agent systems. If you are interested in becoming my student and doing research at the intersection of these things, then email me. Potential candidates should demonstrate that they have read my work, and thought about why they would be a good fit in my lab.

Research Overview

My research is on the design and analysis of algorithms for autonomous vehicles and robotic systems. My major research thrusts involve: motion planning for single and multi-agent systems, and distributed algorithms that enable robotic teams and/or swarms to pool resources in order to solve their common problems. I am particularly interested in applications where the environment is hazardous and/or changing and communication is unreliable. My work involves elements of planning, control, robotics, multi-agent systems, distributed systems, graph theory, computational geometry, machine learning, artificial intelligence, emergent behavior, and stochastic processes


I am a National Research Council (NRC) Postdoctoral Associate at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL). Prior to that I was a Research Associate with the Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences at the University of Colorado at Boulder; in residence at the Control Science Center of Excellence, within the Air Force Research Laboratory. I was previously a Postdoctoral Associate with Aerospace Robotics and Embedded Systems Laboratory and the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I received my PhD at the University of Colorado at Boulder, with Correll Lab in the Department of Compute Science and the College of Engineering and Applied Science.

Contact Me

Naval Research Laboratory
4555 Overlook Avenue S.W.
Washington D.C. 20375

{my last name} @umd.edu

Old Updates and News

Check out the workshop we organized at Robots Science and Systems (RSS 2017):
Robot Communication in the Wild: Meeting the Challenges of Real-World Systems
It was on the interesting problems at the intersection of robotics/autonomy and communication!

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