Prof. Petros Voulgaris

Prof. Petros Voulgaris

Professor and Interim Chair,  Department of Aerospace Engineering

Address: Abu Dhabi, UAE, P.O. Box: 127788

Telephone: +971 (0)2 501 8312

Fax: +971 (0)2 447 2442



Professor P. G. Voulgaris received the Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from the National Technical University, Athens, Greece, in 1986, and the S.M. and Ph.D. degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1988 and 1991, respectively.  Since 1991, he has been with the Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (also appointments with the Coordinated Science Laboratory, and the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.)  His research interests include optimal, robust and distributed control and estimation; networked control; applications of advanced control methods to engineering practice including, power systems, air-vehicle, nano-scale, robotic, and structural control systems.  Dr. Voulgaris is a recipient of several awards including the NSF Research Initiation Award, the ONR Young Investigator Award and the UIUC Xerox Award for research.  He has also been a Visiting ADGAS Chair Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi, UAE (2008-10), and an Eminent Visiting Professor, TAMU, Qatar.  His research has been supported by several agencies including NSF, ONR, AFOSR, NASA.  He is also a Fellow of IEEE

  • Ph.D., in Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1991.
  • M.S., Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1988.
  • Diploma, Mechanical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Greece, 1986.
  • Dynamics and Control
  • Flight Dynamics and Control
  • Control of Cyberphysical Systems
  • Autonomous and Robotic Systems
  • Distributed Control
  • Robust and Optimal Control

M. Naghnaeian, P. G. Voulgaris, Performance optimization over positive l1 cones, Automatica, Vol. 80, 177 – 1888, June 2017.

M. Naghnaeian and P. G. Voulgaris, Characterization and optimization of l1gains of linear switched systems, IEEE Transactions On Automatic Control, Vol. 61, No 8, 2203 – 2218, August 2016.

D. Panagou, D.M. Stipanovic and P.G. Voulgaris, Distributed coordination con-trol for multi-robot networks using Lyapunov-like barrier functions, IEEE Trans-actions on Automatic Control, Vol. 61, No 3, 617 – 632, March 2016.

J.Yu, S-J. Chung and P.G. Voulgaris, Target assignment in robotic networks:Distance optimality guarantees and hierarchical strategies, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, Vol. 60, No 2, 327-341, February 2015.

D. Panagou, D.M. Stipanovic and P.G. Voulgaris, Dynamic coverage control in unicycle multi-robot networks under anisotropic sensing, Frontiers in Robotics and AI, Vol 2, No 3, 2015.