Adjunct Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Professor Ferrari's research aims at providing intelligent control systems with a higher degree of mathematical structure to guide their application and improve reliability. Decision-making processes are automated based on concepts drawn from control theory and the life sciences. Recent efforts have focused on the development of reconfigurable controllers implementing neural networks with procedural long-term memories. Full-scale simulations show that these controllers are capable of learning from new and unmodeled aircraft dynamics in real time, improving performance and even preventing loss of control in the event of control failures, nonlinear and near-stall dynamics, and parameter variations. New optimal control problems and methods based on computational geometry are being investigated to improve the effectiveness of integrated surveillance systems by networks of autonomous vehicles, such as, underwater gliders and ground robots.
Appointments and Affiliations
- Adjunct Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
- Faculty Network Member of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences
- Office Location: 144 Hudson Hall, Box 90300, Durham, NC 27708
- Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ph.D. Princeton University, 2002
- M.A. Princeton University, 1999
- B.S. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 1997
Awards, Honors, and Distinctions
- Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program. National Science Foundation. 2005
In the News
- Engineers model better navigation systems after brain’s adaptability (Jun 3, 2014 | LiveScience)
- Wei, H; Zhu, P; Liu, M; How, JP; Ferrari, S, Automatic pan-tilt camera control for learning Dirichlet Process Gaussian Process (DPGP) mixture models of multiple moving targets, Ieee Transactions on Automatic Control, vol 64 no. 1 (2019), pp. 159-173 [10.1109/TAC.2018.2849584] [abs].
- , Distributed Optimal Control of Sensor Networks for Dynamic Target Tracking, Ieee Transactions on Control of Network Systems, vol 5 no. 1 (2018), pp. 142-153 [10.1109/TCNS.2016.2583070] [abs].
- Zhang, X; Foderaro, G; Henriquez, C; Ferrari, S, A Scalable Weight-Free Learning Algorithm for Regulatory Control of Cell Activity in Spiking Neuronal Networks., International Journal of Neural Systems, vol 28 no. 2 (2018) [10.1142/s0129065717500150] [abs].
- Fu, B; Ferrari, S, Robust Flight Control via Minimum H∞ Entropy Principle, 2018 Aiaa Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference (2018) [10.2514/6.2018-1313] [abs].
- Chang, S; Isaacs, J; Fu, B; Shin, J; Zhu, P; Ferrari, S, Confidence level estimation in multi-target classification problems, Smart Structures and Materials 2005: Active Materials: Behavior and Mechanics, vol 10628 (2018) [10.1117/12.2319988] [abs].