Flow Control Lab

Current and former PostDocs

 - Dr. Peter Blossey

 - Prof. Patricia Cathalifaud

 - Dr. Gianluca Meneghello

 - Prof. Bartosz Protas

 - Prof. Catalin Trenchea

Current and former PhD Students
 - Dr. Shahrouz R. Alimo, PhD thesis:  Efficient new approaches for data-driven global optimization, with applications in computer-aided designs

 - Dr. Paul Belitz, PhD thesis:  Applications on multi-dimensional sphere packings: derivative-free optimization
Dr. Pooriya Beyhaghi, PhD thesis:  Delaunay-based Global Optimization Algorithms and their Applications

 - Dr. Daniele Cavaglieri, PhD thesis: New numerical methods for Computational Fluid Dynamics, Forecast and Control

 - Prof. Laura Cervino, PhD thesis: Techniques for the optimization and control of large-scale systems with application to jet noise

 - Dr. Joseph Cessna, PhD thesis:  The hybrid ensemble smoother (HEnS) & noncartesian computational interconnects
Dr. Chris Colburn, PhD thesis: Estimation techniques for large-scale turbulent fluid systems
Dr. Gavin Henderson, PhD thesis: A novel method for estimating the functional connectome from neural activity
Dr. Anish Karandikar, PhD thesis: New algorithms for the direct numerical simulation of turbulent flows past compliant bodies and the optimization of highly constrained PDE systems
Prof. Haoxiang Luo, PhD thesis: The interaction of near-wall turbulence with compliant tensegrity fabrics : modeling, simulation, and optimization 

 - Hossein Nikyar

Current MS Students

 - Chris Hirlinger

 - Abhishek Subramanian

 - Muhan Zhao
Coordinated Robotics Lab 
Current and former PhD Students 
 - Jeffrey Friesen

 - Dr. Nick Morozovsky, PhD thesis: Design, Dynamics, and Control of Mobile Robotic Systems

 - Dr. Chris Schmidt-Wetekam, PhD thesis: Design and control of multimodal single-legged vehicles with variable geometry reaction wheel arrays 

 - Eric Sihite

 - James Strawson

 - Kurt Talke 

 - Daniel Yang

 - Dr. David Zhang, PhD thesis: Adaptive observation with vehicle dynamics

Current MS Students

 - Alyssa Black

 - Janelle Duenas

 - Krishna Naik

 - Kishan Sachdeva

 - Jiawen Wang

 - Aditya Zadgaonkar

Lab Director

Prof Thomas R Bewley (BS/MS, Caltech, 1989; diploma, von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, 1990; PhD, Stanford, 1998) directs the UCSD Flow Control and Coordinated Robotics Labs. The Flow Control Lab investigates a host of questions ranging from theoretical to applied, including the development of advanced analysis tools and numerical methods to better understand, optimize, estimate, forecast, and control fluid systems. The Coordinated Robotics Lab investigates the mobility and coordination of small multi-modal robotic vehicles, leveraging dynamic models and feedback control, with prototypes built using cellphone-grade electronics, custom PCBs, and 3D printing; the team has also worked with a number of commercial partners to design and bring successful consumer and educational-focused robotics products to market.  The two labs collaborate closely on a variety of interdisciplinary projects, including the coordination of balloons in hurricanes and the adaptive deployment of sensor vehicles in environmental plumes.