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Diaz-Mercado, Yancy

Diaz-Mercado, Yancy

Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering
Maryland Robotics Center
2104A Glenn L. Martin Hall, Building 088

Yancy Diaz-Mercado earned his Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2016, and his M.S. from the same institution in 2014. He graduated magna cum laude in 2011 with a B.S. from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. He is the director of the Collaborative Controls and Research laboratory, whose research focus is on developing collaborative autonomy for multi-agent systems, robotics, and enabling human-swarm interactions.
 
Before joining the faculty at the University of Maryland College Park as an assistant professor in 2018, Dr. Diaz was a senior professional engineer with the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and a member of the Advanced Concepts section within the Guidance, Navigation, and Controls group.
 

Dr. Diaz is interested in the control and coordination of multi-agent systems using control theory, optimization, and graph theory. In particular, he is interested in developing theoretically-sound, scalable control solutions that enable effective control of large-scale networked systems, and applying these to facilitate robot swarm manipulation.

 


IEEE Spectrum Spotlight

Your finger on a tablet can control entire swarms of robots.

http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/robotics-software/georgia-tech-robot-swarm-control

Science Magazine Spotlight

How to control a robot fleet using a smart tablet.

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2015/05/watch-how-control-robot-fleet-using-smart-tablet

WSB-TV (Channel 2 Action News) Interview with Craig Lucie

Georgia tech project could change how rescuers respond to disasters.

http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/georgia- tech- project- could-change-how-rescuers-res/nmXNC/

Georgia Tech News.

Controlling swarms of robots with a finger.

http://www.news.gatech.edu/2015/05/12/controlling-swarms-robots-finger

Fox News.

Want to control a swarm of robots? Georgia tech has the answer.

http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2015/05/12/want-to-control-swarm-robots-georgia-tech-has-answer.html

UPI.

Watch a simple tablet control robot swarm.

http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2015/05/12/Watch-a-simple-tablet-control-robot-swarm/7491431455304/

Tech Times.

Control your own robot army with the tip of your finger.

http://www.techtimes.com/articles/52512/20150512/control-your-own-robot-armywith-the-tip-of-your-finger.htm

Tech Crunch.

Swarming robots can now follow your fingertips.

http://techcrunch.com/2015/05/13/swarming-robots-can-now-follow-your-fingertips/

NH Voice.

Researchers program robots to respond to commands issued through tablet device.

http://nhv.us/content/15052449-researchers-program-robots-respond-commands-issued-through

Perfect Science.

Engineers program army of robots to respond to commands issued through tablet.

http://perfscience.com/content/2141778-engineers-program-army-robots-respond-commands-issued-through-tablet

Spring 2020

ENME 462: Vibrations, Controls, and Optimization II

Fall 2019

ENME 808T: Advaced Topics: Network Control Systems

Spring 2019

ENME 361: Vibrations, Controls, and Optimization I

Fall 2018

ENME 462: Vibrations, Controls, and Optimization II

 

PhD Thesis

Diaz-Mercado, Yancy (2016): Interactions in Multi-Robot Systems. Georgia Institute of Technology, 2016.

Book Chapters

Diaz-Mercado, Yancy; Lee, Sung; Egerstedt, Magnus (2017): Human-Swarm Interactions via Coverage of Time-Varying Densities. In: Wang, Yue; Zhang, Fumin (Ed.): Trends in Control and Decision-Making for Human-Robot Collaboration Systems, Chapter 15, Springer, 2017.

Journal Articles

Davydov, Alexander; Diaz-Mercado, Yancy (2019): Sparsity Structure and Optimality of Multi-Robot Coverage Control. In: Control Systems Letters (L-CSS), IEEE, 4 (1), pp. 13-18, 2019, ISSN: 2475-1456.
Rivera-Ortiz, Phillip; Diaz-Mercado, Yancy (2018): On guaranteed capture in multi-player reachavoid games via coverage control. In: Control Systems Letters (L-CSS), IEEE, 2 (4), pp. 767–772, 2018, ISSN: 2475-1456.
Santos, Maria; Diaz-Mercado, Yancy; Egerstedt, Magnus (2018): Coverage control for multirobot teams with heterogeneous sensing capabilities. In: Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L), IEEE, 3 (2), pp. 919–925, 2018.
Diaz-Mercado, Yancy; Egerstedt, Magnus (2016): Multirobot mixing via braid groups. In: Robotics, IEEE Transactions on, 2016, ISSN: 1552-3098.
Lee, Sung; Diaz-Mercado, Yancy; Egerstedt, Magnus (2015): Multi-Robot Control Using Time-Varying Density Functions. In: Robotics, IEEE Transactions on, 31 (2), pp. 489-493, 2015, ISSN: 1552-3098.

Conference Proceedings

Diaz-Mercado, Yancy; Jones, Austin; Egerstedt, Magnus; Belta, Calin (2015): Correct-by-Construction Synthesis for Multi-Robot Mixing. In: Decision and Control (CDC), IEEE 54nd Annual Conference on, 2015.
Diaz-Mercado, Yancy; Lee, Sung; Egerstedt, Magnus (2015): Distributed Dynamic Density Coverage for Human-Swarm Interactions. In: American Control Conference (ACC), pp. 353-358, 2015.
Diaz-Mercado, Yancy; Egerstedt, Magnus (2014): Multi-Robot Mixing of Nonholonomic Mobile Robots. In: Control Applications (CCA), IEEE Conference on, pp. 524-529, 2014.
Lu, Jun; Diaz-Mercado, Yancy; Egerstedt, Magnus; Zhou, Haomin; Chow, Shui-Nee (2014): Shortest Paths Through 3-Dimensional Cluttered Environments. In: Robotics and Automation (ICRA), IEEE International Conference on, pp. 6579-6585, 2014.
Diaz-Mercado, Yancy; Egerstedt, Magnus (2013): Multi-Robot Mixing Using Braids. In: Decision and Control (CDC), IEEE 52nd Annual Conference on, pp. 2001-2005, 2013, ISSN: 0743-1546.
Diaz-Mercado, Yancy; Lee, Sung; Egerstedt, Magnus; Young, Shih-Yih (2013): Optimal trajectory generation for next generation flight management systems. In: Digital Avionics Systems Conference (DASC), IEEE/AIAA 32nd, pp. 3C5-1-3C5-10, 2013, ISSN: 2155-7195.
Diaz-Mercado, Yancy; Pabon, Jose; Ortiz-Rivera, Eduardo (2011): Voltage regulation for a thermoelectric generator using a KY-converter. In: Center for Power Electronic Systems Annual Conference (CPES), 2011.
Garcia-Vergara, Sergio; Pabon, Jose; Diaz-Mercado, Yancy; Ortiz-Rivera, Eduardo (2010): An integrated undergraduate research experience in control, power electronics, and design using a Micromouse. In: Frontiers in Education, IEEE, 2010.
Diaz-Mercado, Yancy; Garcia-Vergara, Sergio; Pabon, Jose; Ortiz-Rivera, Eduardo (2010): Maximum power control based on matching dc motor dynamics and fuel cell dynamic behavior. In: Center for Power Electronic Systems Annual Conference (CPES), 2010.

Intellectual Property

Egerstedt, Magnus; Lee, Sung Gun; Diaz-Mercado, Yancy; Chopra, Smriti (2015): Control of Swarming Robots. 2015, (US Patent).
Egerstedt, Magnus; Lee, Sung; Diaz-Mercado, Yancy (2014): Density-Based Manipulation of Teams of Robots. 2014, (US Provisional Patent).