Michael W. Otte


Otte

I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland College Park. My home department is the Department Aerospace Engineering, and I am also affiliated with the Department of Computer Science by courtesy appointment, and a member of the Maryland Robotics Center. I am the the Director of the Motion and Teaming Laboratory.

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.

Student Recruiting

I am always on the lookout for students that share my interests. If you are interested in becoming my student and doing research in some or all of the areas listed above, then that is wonderful and we should chat! However, please read my recruiting policies before getting in touch.

Biography

Before joining to UMD in 2018 I held a number of research related positions at a variety of institutions, including: A National Research Council (NRC) Postdoctoral Associate at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL). 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. 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.

Updates and News

Jun. 2022: Mohamed Khalid and Mitali Gandhe represent the MO-T Lab at the 15th International Workshop on the Algorithmic Foundations of Robotics WAFR held in College Park, USA. Khalid and Mitali each have a paper accepted.

Jun. 2022: Our work by Sharan Nayak is accepted to IEEE Transactions on Robotics T-RO.

Jun. 2022: Our work by Loy Mcguire et al, which has been accepted to IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters RAL, is also being presented at IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation ICRA.

May. 2022: Loy McGuire passes the Aerospace Comprehensive Exam and advances to PhD candidacy.

Apr. 2022: Ollie Rodriguez passes the Aerospace Comprehensive Exam and advances to PhD candidacy.

Jan. 2022: The 15th International Workshop on the Algorithmic Foundations of Robotics WAFR will be held on June 22-24, 2022 at the University of Maryland, College Park. I am a Co-Chair.

Nov. 2021: Sharan Nayak and Paul Motter represent the MO-T Lab at the International Symposium on Experimental Robotics ISER held in La Valletta, Malta. Sharan and Paul each have a paper accepted. The conference has been held a year late due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Nov. 2021: I am appearing on an invited panel at the IEEE International Symposium on Multi-Robot and Multi-Agent Systems MRS held at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Jun. 2021: Alkesh Kumar Srivastava will begin work in colaberation with U.S. Naval Research Lab.

Jun. 2021: Alex Mendelsohn will begin work in colaberation with U.S. Naval Research Lab.

May. 2021: Our work by Loy McGuire is accepted to IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters RAL.

May. 2021: Dalan Loudermilk will begin work in colaberation with NASA Langley Research Center.

May. 2021: Sharan Nayak begins an internship with NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Dec. 2020: Mohamed Khalid passes the Aerospace Comprehensive Exam and advances to PhD candidacy.

Dec. 2020: Sharan Nayak passes the Aerospace Comprehensive Exam and advances to PhD candidacy.

Dec. 2020: Sharan Nayak wins the Graduate School's Outstanding Research Assistant Award.

Dec. 2020: Mo-T Lab exchange student Aditya Savio Paul presents work at International Astronautical Congress IAC, held virtually this year due to Covid-19.

Jun. 2020: Our work by Sharan Nayak, Mohamed Khalid, et al, which has been accepted to IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters RAL, is also being presented at IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation ICRA. This year the conference is virtual due to Covid-19.

Aug. 2020: Dalan Lourdermilk begins working on our Northrop Grumman project.

Jun. 2020: Summer interns begins working on our Northrop Grumman project.

May. 2020: Mo-T Lab exchange student Aditya Savio Paul successfully defends his M.S. Thesis at the University of Tartu, Estonia. I am Aditya's external advisor.

Apr. 2020: Sharan Nayak wins the UMD Clark Fellowship.

Aug. 2020: Ryan Ernandis successfully defends his M.S. Thesis and is moving on to a new job at Astrobotic.

Jan. 2020: My research group at UMD is named the Motion and Teaming Laboratory (Mo-T Lab).

Aug. 2019: Manas Gupta represents our lab by presenting our paper at IEEE International Symposium on Multi-Robot and Multi-Agent Systems MRS, held virtually this year due to Covid-19. Our paper was one of three papers nominated for a best paper award.

Jun. 2019: Ryan Ernandis is spending another summer in residence at NASA Langley Research Center.

Sep. 2018: Sharan Nayak, Mohamed Khalid, et al begin work on our U.S. Air Force Research Lab project.

Jun. 2018: Ryan Ernandis is spending a summer in residence at NASA Langley Research Center.

Mar. 2018: Manas Gupta, Shivang Patel, Pranav Dhulipala , et al begin working on our DARPA project.

Check out the YouTube Video describing our work with Group Mind Neural Networks on Robotic Swarms.

I was guest editor of the Autonomous Robots (Springer) journal special issue titled: Robot Communication in the Wild: Real-World Problems, Systems, and Methods. This is now published, here is my editorial.

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!

Contact Information

Michael Otte
Department of Aerospace Engineering
3179 Glenn L. Martin Hall Bldg
4298 Campus Drive
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

{my last name} @umd.edu


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