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Diaz-Mercado, Yancy

Diaz-Mercado, Yancy

Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering
Maryland Robotics Center
2104A Glenn L. Martin Hall, Building 088
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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. His research interests include control and coordination of multi-agent systems, robotics, and 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. As a member of the Advanced Concepts section within the Guidance, Navigation, and Controls group, Dr. Diaz had a diverse portfolio of research endeavors including trajectory prediction for highly capable kinematic vehicles, atmospheric turbulence metrology via adaptive optics, and extracting algorithms from human-generated data using artificial intelligence and game theory, among others.
 
Dr. Diaz has been the recipient of multiple prestigious fellowships including the Alfred P. Sloan foundation research scholarship and the GEM fellowship. He also holds a patent and a book chapter for his work in human-swarm interactions. 
 

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 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

Fall 2018

ENME 462: Vibrations, Controls, and Optimization II

Spring 2019

ENME 361: Vibrations, Controls, and Optimization I

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

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).