Areas of Research

Dynamical Systems theory, reduced-order modeling, control and optimization with applications to:

  • Microfluidics and active fluids (chaotic mixing, topological chaos, flow control)
  • Large-scale multi-agent systems (swarm robotics, traffic) via mean-field games and mean-field control theory
  • Energy transfers and wave propagation in nonlinear metamaterials and achitectured materials
  • Atmospheric Flows (Reduced-order modeling , LiDAR data-assimilation)
  • Astrodynamics (Low-energy space mission design)
  • Buoyancy driven flow in built environment (control of HVAC)

Funded by:

Dynamical Systems Lab (DSL), led by Prof. Piyush Grover in Mechanical and Materials Engineering (MME) at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, focusses on modeling and analysis of nonlinear dynamical systems with an eye on design, control and optimization for engineering applications. Our current focus is on active fluids, mean-field control, mean-field games and nonlinear waves in mechanical metamaterials.

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    • Sept 2020: Paper with colleagues from Georgia Tech, accepted at Conference on Decision and Control (CDC 2020) 'Stabilizing Optimal Density Control of Nonlinear Agents with Multiplicative Noise'. Preprint coming soon.

    • August 2020:  Caleb Wagner will join the group as a postdoctoral researcher, after finishing his Ph.D. in non-equilibrium statistical mechanics at Brandeis University.

    • July 2020: Check out our new preprint "Optimal Control of Active Nematics" with Mike Norton and collaborators.  Accepted at Physical Review Letters (9/18)
    • May 2020:  New undergraduate online course "Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos' will be offered during 8 week summer session (MECH 98-401, May 18-July 10). Sign up now to learn about this exciting topic. 
      • April 2020:  Our paper 'Optimization-based incentivization and control scheme for autonomous traffic' with Uros Kalabic (MERL) and Shuchin Aeron (Tufts) on PDE based optimal control of mixed manual-autonomous traffic accepted to IEEE Intelligent Vehicles 2020. Preprint here
      • Feb 2020:  Joint work with Mike Norton on optimal control of active nematics  will be presented by Mike at the APS March Meeting.
        • Jan 2020: Paper accepted at American Control Conference (ACC 2020) with colleagues from MERL and Univ. Minnesota on robust estimation of airflow in buildings. Preprint forthcoming.
        • Nov 2019: Conference APS Division of Fluid Dynamics Meeting Nov 2019: 2 Talks with collaborators from MERL and Univ. Cambridge.
        • Oct 2019: New poster on LiDAR based data assimilimation.
        • Oct 2019: A new postdoctoral position is available. See ad here.
        • Sept 2019: New paper with colleagues from MERL and Univ. Cambridge on optimal control of airflow in buildings.