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Paley, Derek A.

Derek Paley
Willis H. Young Jr. Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering Education
Director, Collective Dynamics and Control Laboratory
Department of Aerospace Engineering
3150 Glenn L. Martin Halll
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Phone: 
301-405-5757

Research Interests 

Research in nonlinear dynamics and controls, cooperative control of autonomous vehicles, adaptive sampling with mobile networks, and spatial modeling of biological groups.

Engineering Experience

  • Analyst, Metron Inc., Reston, VA. Federal Division (July 1997 to October 2000)
  • Software Engineer, Bluefin Robotics, Cambridge, MA. (October 2000 to August 2002)

Education 

  • B.S., Yale University, 1997 (Applied Physics)
  • Ph.D., Princeton University, 2007 (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering)

Selected Publications 

Books

  • "N. J. Kasdin and D. A. Paley. Engineering dynamics: A comprehensive introduction. Princeton University Press, 2011.”

Refereed Journal Articles (Since 2008)

  • F. D. Lagor, L. DeVries, K. Waychoff, and D. A. Paley. Bio-inspired flow sensing and control: Autonomous rheotaxis using distributed pressure measurements. J. Unmanned System Technologies, 1(3):78–88, 2013.
  • J. Bak-Coleman, A. Court, D. A. Paley, and S. Coombs. The spatiotemporal dynamics of rheotactic behavior depends on flow speed and available sensory information. J. Exp. Biology, 216:4011–4024, 2013.
  • S. Butail, N. Manoukis, M. Diallo, J. M. Ribeiro, and D. A. Paley. The dance of male Anopheles gambiae in wild mating swarms. J. Medical Entomology, 50(3):552–559, 2013.
  • C. Peterson and D. A. Paley. Distributed estimation for motion coordination in an unknown spatially varying flowfield. AIAA J. Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, 36(3):894–898, 2013.
  • S. Napora and D. A. Paley. Observer-based feedback control for stabilization of collective motion. IEEE Trans. Control Systems Technology, 21(5):1846–1857, 2013.
  • S. Sherman, D. A. Paley, and N. M. Wereley. Parallel simulation of transient magnetorheological direct shear flows using millions of particles. IEEE Trans. Magnetics, 48(11):3517–3520, 2012.
  • L. DeVries, S. J. Majumdar, and D. A. Paley. Observability-based optimization of coordinated sampling trajectories for recursive estimation of a strong, spatially varying flowfield. J. Intelligent and Robotic Systems, 67(3-4):527–544, 2012.
  • S. Butail, N. Manoukis, M. Diallo, J. M. Ribeiro, T. Lehmann, and D. A. Paley. Reconstructing the flight kinematics of swarming and mating in wild mosquitoes. J. Royal Society Interface, 9(75):2624–2638, 2012.
  • L. DeVries and D. A. Paley. Multivehicle control in a strong flowfield with application to hurricane sampling. AIAA J. Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, 35(3):794–806, 2012.
  • S. Butail and D. A. Paley. Three-dimensional reconstruction of the fast-start swimming kinematics of densely schooling fish. J. Royal Society Interface, 9(66):77–88, 2012.
  • R. Mellish, S. Napora, and D. A. Paley. Backstepping control design for motion coordination of self-propelled vehicles in a flowfield. Int. J. Robust and Nonlinear Control, 21(12):1452–1466, 2011.
  • C. Peterson and D. A. Paley. Multivehicle coordination in an estimated time-varying flowfield. AIAA J. Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, 34(1):177–191, 2011.
  • S. Hernandez and D. A. Paley. Three-dimensional motion coordination in a spatiotemporal flowfield. IEEE Trans. Automatic Control, 55(12):2805–2810, 2010.
  • L. Techy, D. A. Paley, and C. A. Woolsey. Unmanned aerial vehicle coordination on closed convex paths in wind. AIAA J. Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, 33(6):1946–1951, 2010.
  • N. E. Leonard, D. A. Paley, R. E. Davis, D. M. Fratantoni, F. Lekien, and F. Zhang. Coordinated control of an underwater glider fleet: An adaptive ocean sampling field experiment in Monterey Bay. J. Field Robotics, 27(6):718–740, 2010.
  • D. A. Paley. Stabilization of Collective Motion on a Sphere. Automatica, 45(1):212–216, 2009.
  • D. A. Paley, F. Zhang, and N. E. Leonard. Cooperative control for ocean sampling: The Glider Coordinated Control System. IEEE Trans. Control Systems Technology, 16(4):735–744, 2008.
  • R. Sepulchre, D. A. Paley, and N. E. Leonard. Stabilization of planar collective motion with limited communication. IEEE Trans. Automatic Control, 53(3):706–719, 2008.
  • D. A. Paley, N. E. Leonard, and R. Sepulchre. Stabilization of symmetric formations to motion around convex loops. Systems and Control Letters, 57(3):209–215, 2008.

Conference Proceedings (Since 2008)

  • N. Sydney, B. Smyth, and D. A. Paley. Dynamic Control of Autonomous Quadrotor Flight in an Estimated Wind Field. In Proc. IEEE Conf. Decision and Control, pages 3609–3616, Florence, Italy, December 2013.
  • T. Severson and D. A. Paley. Distributed Multi-Target Search and Track Assignment Using Consensus-Based Coordination. In Proc. IEEE SENSORS, number 7504, pages 1474–1477, Baltimore, Maryland, November 2013.
  • L. DeVries and D. A. Paley. Wake Estimation and Dynamic Control for Autonomous Aircraft in Formation Flight. In Proc. AIAA Conf. Guidance, Navigation, and Control, number AIAA-2013-4705, Boston, Massachusetts, August 2013.
  • F. D. Lagor, L. DeVries, K. Waychoff, and D. A. Paley. Bio-inspired flow sensing and control for autonomous underwater navigation using distributed pressure measurements. In Proc. 18th Int. Symp. Unmanned Untethered Submersible Tech., Portsmouth, New Hampshire, August 2013.
  • L. DeVries and D. A. Paley. Observability-based optimization for flow sensing and control of an underwater vehicle in a uniform flowfield. In Proc. American Control Conf., pages 1388–1393, Washington, District of Columbia, June 2013. Invited session on “Vehicle Control and Estimation in the Undersea Environment”.
  • N. Sydney and D. A. Paley. Optimal Sampling of Nonstationary Spatiotemporal Fields Using a Mobile Sensory Network. In Proc. 3rd IFAC Workshop on Distributed Estimation and Control in Networked Systems, Santa Barbara, California, September 2012.
  • L. DeVries and D. A. Paley. Dynamic Altitude Control for Motion Coordination in an Estimated Shear Flow. In Proc. AIAA Conf. Guidance, Navigation, and Control, number AIAA-2012-4696, Minneapolis, Minnesota, August 2012.
  • L. DeVries, S. Majumdar, and D. A. Paley. Observability-based Optimization of Coordinated Sampling Trajectories for Flowfield Estimation. In Proc. Int. Conf. Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 2012.
  • T. Severson and D. A. Paley. Distributed Optimization for Radar Mission Coordination. In Proc. American Control Conf., pages 5102–5107, Montreal, Canada, June 2012.
  • S. Butail, A. Chicoli, and D. A. Paley. Putting the Fish in the Fish Tank: Immersive VR for Animal Behavior Experiments. In Proc. Int. Conf. Robotics and Automation, pages 5018–5023, Saint Paul, Minnesota, May 2012.
  • R. Mellish and D. A. Paley. Motion coordination of planar rigid bodies. In Proc. IEEE Conf. Decision and Control, pages 4897–4902, Orlando, Florida, December 2011.
  • N. Sydney and D. A. Paley. Multi-vehicle control and optimization for spatiotemporal sampling. In Proc. IEEE Conf. Decision and Control, pages 5607–5612, Orlando, Florida, December 2011. Invited session on “Consensus algorithms, cooperative control, and distributed optimization”.
  • S. Butail, N. C. Manoukis, D. Moussa, A. S. Yaro, A. Dao, C. Traoré, J. Ribeiro, T. Lehmann, and D. A. Paley. 3D tracking of mating events in wild swarms of the malaria mosquito Anopheles gambiae. In Proc. 33rd Int. Conf. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, pages 720–723, Boston, Massachusetts, August 2011.
  • S. Sherman, D. A. Paley, and N. Wereley. Massively parallel simulations of chain formation and restructuring dynamics in a magnetorheological fluid. In Proc. ASME Conf. Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems, number SMASIS2011-5188, Scottsdale, Arizona, September 2011.
  • C. Peterson and D. A. Paley. Distributed estimation for motion coordination in an unknown spatiotemporal flowfield. In Proc. AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conf., number AIAA-2011-6481, Portland, Oregon, August 2011.
  • L. DeVries and D. A. Paley. Multi-vehicle control in a strong flowfield with application to hurricane sampling. In Proc. AIAA Conf. Guidance, Navigation, and Control, number AIAA-2011-6478, Portland, Oregon, August 2011.
  • S. Napora and D. A. Paley. Observer-based feedback control for stabilization of collective motion. In Proc. American Control Conf., pages 3996–4001, San Francisco, California, June 2011.
  • N. Mahmoudian and D. A. Paley. Synchronization on the N-torus with noisy measurements. In Proc. American Control Conf., pages 4014–4019, San Francisco, California, June 2011.
  • N. Sydney, S. Napora, and D. A. Paley. A multi-vehicle testbed for underwater motion coordination. In Proc. Performance Metrics for Intelligent Systems Workshop, Invited paper, Baltimore, Maryland, September 2010.
  • R. Mellish and D. A. Paley. Backstepping control design for motion coordination of self-propelled vehicles. In Proc. IEEE Conf. Decision and Control, pages 5468–5473, Atlanta, Georgia, December 2010.
  • C. Peterson and D. A. Paley. Multi-vehicle coordination of autonomous vehicles in an unknown flowfield. In Proc. AIAA Conf. Guidance, Navigation, and Control, number AIAA-2010-7585, Toronto, Canada, August 2010.
  • D. A. Paley and A. K. Baharani. Critical damping in a kinetic interaction network. In Proc. American Control Conf., pages 4628–4633, Baltimore, Maryland, July 2010.
  • S. Butail and D. A. Paley. 3D reconstruction of fish schooling kinematics from underwater video. In Proc. IEEE Int. Conf. on Robotics and Automation, pages 2438–2443, Anchorage, Alaska, May 2010.
  • S. Hernandez and D. A. Paley. Three-dimensional motion coordination in a time-invariant flowfield. In Proc. Combined 48th IEEE Conf. on Decision and Control and 28th Chinese Control Conf., pages 7043–7048, Shanghai, China, 2009.
  • S. Butail and D. A. Paley. Vision-based estimation of three-dimensional position and pose of multiple underwater vehicles. In Proc. IEEE/RSJ Int. Conf. Intelligent Robots and Systems, pages 2477–2482, St. Louis, Missouri, 2009.
  • L. Techy, D. A. Paley, and C. A. Woolsey. UAV coordination on convex curves in wind: An environmental sampling application. In Proc. 2009 European Control Conf., pages 4967–4972, Budapest, Hungary, August 2009.
  • C. Peterson and D. A. Paley. Cooperative control of unmanned vehicles in a time-varying flowfield. In Proc. AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conf., number AIAA-2009-6117, Chicago, Illinios, August 2009. Invited session on “UAV Flight in Complex Atmospheric Conditions”.
  • D. A. Paley, L. Techy, and C. A. Woolsey. Coordinated perimeter patrol with minimum-time alert response. In Proc. AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conf., number AIAA-2009-6210, Chicago, Illinios, August 2009. Invited session on “UAV Cooperative Control Technologies for Integrated Defense”.
  • S. Hernandez and D. A. Paley. Stabilization of collective motion in a time-invariant flow field on a rotating sphere. In Proc. American Control Conf., pages 623–628, St. Louis, Missouri, June 2009.
  • D. A. Paley and D. S. Warshawsky. Reduced-Order Dynamic Modeling and Stabilizing Control of a Micro-Helicopter. In Proc. 47th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, number AIAA-2009-1350, Orlando, Florida, January 2009.
  • D. A. Paley. Cooperative Control of an Autonomous Sampling Network in an External Flow Field. In Proc. 47th IEEE Conf. Decision and Control, pages 3095–3100, Cancun, Mexico, December 2008.
  • D. A. Paley. Stabilization of Collective Motion in a Uniform and Constant Flow Field. In Proc. AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Conf. and Exhibit, number AIAA-2008-7173, Honolulu, Hawaii, August 2008.

 

Honors and Awards 

  • Received NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program Award, 2010
  • Elected AIAA Associate Fellow (highest grade below fellow), 2010
  • Elected IEEE Senior Member (highest grade below fellow), 2011
  • Selected as Fellow in the 2013-2014 Office of Naval Research Sabbatical Leave Program
  • Received Willis H. Young Jr. Faculty Fellowship, Department of Aerospace Engineering, 2013-2016
  • Received the 2012 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)

Professional Memberships 

  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA Associate Fellow)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE Senior Member)
  • Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM Member)

Professional Services

  • Member, AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Technical Committee, 2008-2013
  • Member, IEEE Control Systems Society, Aerospace Controls Technical Committee
  • Associate Editor, AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics
  • Associate Editor, American Control Conference, 2013 & 2014

Related News 

Paley Awarded Willis H. Young Jr. Faculty Fellowship

Professor receives three-year fellowship and is named Willis H. Young Jr.  Professor of Aerospace Engineering Education. January 6, 2014

Professor Derek Paley Publishes New Book!

Dr. Paley Has Co-Authored a New Textbook with Princeton Colleague March 4, 2011

Professor Derek Paley elected as AIAA Associate Fellow

Paley Elected as AIAA Associate Fellow October 20, 2010

Dr. Paley joins aerospace faculty

Dr. Derek A. Paley joins the aerospace faculty in Fall 2007 August 21, 2007