Dr. Herbert G. Tanner

Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Delaware
228 Spencer Lab
Newark, DE 19716

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Executive Summary

Bert Tanner received his PhD in mechanical engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in Greece, in 2001. He went on to the University of Pennsylvania, where he spent two years as a post-doctoral researcher, before taking his first appointment as an assistant professor at the University of New Mexico in 2003. He was awarded the NSF Career award in robotics in 2005 and was elected a senior member of IEEE in 2008. In 2008, he joined the department of mechanical engineering at the University of Delaware, where he is currently a full professor.

His research interests are in the area of multi-robot coordination, motion planning and control, mobile sensor networks, as well as hybrid and cyber-physical system modeling, analysis and design.

Key Publications

H. G. Tanner and J. L. Piovesan. Randomized Receding Horizon Navigation. IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 55(1): 2640-2644 (2010)

R.A. Cortez, X. Papageorgiou, H.G. Tanner, A.V. Klimenko, K.N. Borozdin, R. Lumia, J. Wood, and W.C. Priedhorsky. Smart Radiation Sensor Management; Nuclear Search and Mapping using Mobile Robots. IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine, 15(3): 85-93 (2008)

Herbert G. Tanner, Ali Jadbabaie and George J. Pappas. Flocking in Fixed and Switching Networks. IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 52(5): 863-868 (2007)

Herbert G. Tanner. Mobile Manipulation of Flexible Objects Under Deformation Constraints. IEEE Transactions on Robotics, 22(1): 179-184 (2006)

Herbert G. Tanner, S. Loizou and K. J. Kyriakopoulos. Nonholonomic Navigation and Control of Cooperating Mobile Manipulators. IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation, 19(1): 53-64 (2003)

Research Areas

Robotics and Controls
Multi-agent cyber-physical systems; hybrid systems; sensor networks; nonholonomic motion planning, navigation and control

Aerospace Engineering
Stability and control design

Dynamics and Control Theory
Modeling and analysis of hybrid dynamical systems; control design for nonholonomic systems; switching and discontinuous control

Global Initiative
National Security: Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems; mobile sensor networks for search and exploration; radiation detection and mapping

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