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Paley, Derek A.

Paley, Derek A.

Willis H. Young Jr. Professor of Aerospace Engineering Education
Director, Maryland Robotics Center
Director, Collective Dynamics and Control Laboratory
Director, Autonomous Micro Air Vehicle Team
Aerospace Engineering
The Institute for Systems Research
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Maryland Robotics Center
3150 Glenn L. Martin Hall and 3156 Iribe Center

Derek A. Paley is Director of the Maryland Robotics Center and Willis H. Young Jr. Professor of Aerospace Engineering Education in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and the Institute for Systems Research at the University of Maryland. He is the founding director of the UMD Collective Dynamics and Control Laboratory, the UMD Autonomous Micro Air Vehicle Team, and the UMD FIRE Autonomous Unmanned Systems Stream. Paley is an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and a member of the Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center, the Maryland Robotics Center, the Program in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science, the Burgers Program for Fluid Dynamics, the Applied Mathematics & Statistics, and Scientific Computation Program, and the Brain and Behavior Initiative. Paley received the B.S. degree in Applied Physics from Yale University in 1997 and the Ph.D. degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University in 2007. He is the recipient of the Yale University Henry Prentiss Becton Prize for Excellence in Engineering and Applied Science in 1997, the Princeton University Harold W. Dodds Honorific Fellowship in 2006, the National Science Foundation CAREER award in 2010, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2012, the University of Maryland E. Robert Kent Teaching Award for Junior Faculty in 2014, and the AIAA National Capital Section Engineer of the Year in 2015. Paley was a Fellow in the 2013–2014 Office of Naval Research Sabbatical Fellowship Program and is a Fellow in the 2019–2020 UMD ADVANCE Leadership Fellows Program. Paley has authored more than 130 peer-reviewed publications including one textbook: Engineering Dynamics: A Comprehensive Introduction (Princeton University Press, 2011). He teaches introductory dynamics, advanced dynamics, aircraft flight dynamics and control, and nonlinear control. Paley’s research interests are in the area of dynamics and control, including cooperative control of autonomous vehicles, adaptive sampling with mobile networks, and spatial modeling of biological groups. His research is based on support by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Army Research Office, the National Science Foundation, and the Office of Naval Research. Paley is Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He serves as Associate Editor of AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics.

Education

B.S., Yale University, 1997 (Applied Physics)

Ph.D., Princeton University, 2007 (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering)

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)

E. Robert Kent Teaching Award for Junior Faculty, Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland, 2014

Engineer of the Year, AIAA National Capital Section, 2015

Selected Speaker at the U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, National Academy of Engineering, 2016

Robert M. Sanner Broken Propeller Award, Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Maryland, 2016, 2017, and 2018

Fellow, UMD ADVANCE Leadership Fellows Program, 2019–2020

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 Service

Member, AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Technical Committee, 2008-2013

Member, IEEE Control Systems Society, Aerospace Controls Technical Committee, 2013-2017

Associate Editor, AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamicsm 2013-present

Associate Editor, American Control Conference, 2013 & 2014

Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems, 2014-2017

Guest Editor, Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, Special Issue on Bioinspired Soft Robotics, 2016

 

 

  • Dynamics, estimation, and control: Cooperative control of autonomous vehicles
  • Mobile sensor networks: Adaptive sampling of spatiotemporal processes
  • Biocomplexity and bioinspiration: Quantitative modeling of animal groups and behavior

Behtash Babadi wins Clark School teaching award for junior faculty

The Clark School annually presents the E. Robert Kent Teaching Award for Junior Faculty at its winter commencement.

Student autonomous drone racing team takes 2nd place at IROS

'TurboTerps' flew their drone autonomously through a set of gates, completing 14 runs in 4:42.

Derek Paley named Maryland Robotics Center director

Paley's term will begin July 1, 2019.

Clark School student teams sweep MAV competition

FIRE freshmen, AE undergrads and MEng Robotics students take first place in both categories at VFS Micro Air Vehicle Student Challenge.

Maryland Robotics Center Demonstrates Robots at Maryland Day 2019

Maryland Robotics Center Demos on Maryland Day 2019

Ghodssi gives distinguished lecture on devices for gastrointestinal health at EPFL in Switzerland

Trip also included visits to the Wyss Center and Imperial College London.

University names Zhang, Goswami outstanding graduate assistants

The Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award recognizes important contributions to the university.

Maryland Robotics Center launches a new postdoctoral fellowship program

The program will foster multidisciplinary collaborations among Maryland Robotics Center faculty.

Five recipients of ISR Graduate Student Travel Award announced

Eight graduate students have received funding through the award since 2017.

Bioinspired robotics REU students present final projects

The REU was led by Hugh Bruck and Sarah Bergbreiter, along with Clark School faculty and graduate student mentors.

Inspired by Nature: Autonomous Underwater Robotics

Clark School Prof. Derek Paley wants autonomous underwater vehicles to have the same capabilities as fish.

Derek Paley interviewed for WYPR's 'On the Record'

Paley talks about how understanding the fluid movements of fish can help improve underwater vehicles.

ISR faculty leading bio-inspired robotics and transportation electrification REUs

NSF's REU program provides undergraduate students with hands-on exposure to scientific research.

Paley, Abshire, Martins promoted to full Professor by UMD President Wallace Loh

The faculty members' new rank will become effective on July 1.

Paley is Principal Investigator for $2M 'SEA-STAR' grant

Researchers will create soft underwater robot appendages that mimic functionality found in sea stars; Werley is a co-PI.

Khaligh wins Clark School junior faculty teaching award

Khaligh will receive the E. Robert Kent Teaching Award for Junior Faculty at winter commencement.

Synchronized swimming: How startled fish shoals effectively evade danger

Understanding response dynamics of startled fish reveals how orientation within the group effects escape chances, may offer insights into emergency response planning.

Paley presents at NAE 2016 Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

Three Clark School faculty attend NAE 2016 Frontiers of Engineering Symposium.

Four ISR students named to Clark School Future Faculty Fellow program

The program prepares Ph.D. students for academic careers in top-50 engineering schools.

Derek Paley to speak at 2016 US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

NAE-sponsored event brings together emerging engineering leaders.

Alumnus Xiaobo Tan promoted to full professor at Michigan State

Tan earned a 2002 Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland.

New ONR grant for bio-inspired underwater sensing and control

Derek Paley is PI; alum Xiaobo Tan is one of the co-PIs.

Derek Paley is AIAA National Capital Section's Engineer of the Year

Award given for Paley's work in collective behavior in robotic and natural systems.

Maryland Robotics Center presents demonstrations at Maryland Day

Visitors meet bio-inspired, miniature, networked, underwater robots, and more.

Six ISR Ph.D. students selected as Future Faculty Fellows

Program prepares students for academic careers in top-50 engineering schools.

Paley Awarded 2014 E. Robert Kent Teaching Award for Junior Faculty

Paley to receive 2014 E. Robert Kent Teaching Award during Clark School Winter Commencement.

UMD President Loh hosts robotics demonstrations at University House

Maryland Robotics Center shows a variety of robotic platforms.

Alum Xiaobo Tan developing robotic fish to 'stalk' real fish in the Great Lakes

The MSU professor's fish will track the movements of lake trout, walleye and lake sturgeon.

Students present final projects for 2014 NSF Microrobotics REU

Research ranged from robotic skin to leg designs, inertial tail actuators, and more.

Bergbreiter and Paley Honored at White House Ceremony

UMD researchers were honored yesterday at the White House as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).

Robotic fish research profiled in Baltimore Sun

Derek Paley, Sean Humbert and alumnus Xiaobo Tan are collaborators on the project.

Aerospace Faculty Recognized at 15th Annual Research Leaders Luncheon

15 Department of Aerospace Engineering's faculty honored for successful research funding efforts.

Intelligent Automation Inc. continues sponsorship of colloquia series

First colloquium on Feb. 5 features Derek Paley.

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.

Derek Paley wins PECASE Award

ISR/AE faculty member has research interests in dynamics and control.

Sarah Bergbreiter wins PECASE Award

ISR/ME faculty member specializes in microrobotics.

Engineering Dynamics textbook by Paley, Kasdin in use at top schools

The textbook introduces undergraduate students to engineering dynamics with an accessible, comprehensive and innovative approach.

UAE students, Northrop Grumman engineers tour robotics laboratories

Visitors were in town for the annual AUVSI conference.

REU in Miniature Robotics holds final project symposium

Nine projects range from wings for MAVs to vision sensors for small robots to small grasping hands.

Derek Paley is PI for new AFOSR grant

Paley will work on "Optimized Routing of Intelligent, Mobile Sensors for Dynamic, Data-Driven Sampling."

Six ISR students named to Future Faculty Fellows program

Clark School program prepares students for academic careers in Top-50 engineering schools.

Miniature Robotics REU students give final presentations

Ten undergrads from around the country give talks on their summer projects.

Derek Paley leads 'Robots and Roaches' workshop

Event for high school students introduces concepts of neurophysiology and robotics.

Five additions to faculty

ISR welcomes four new joint appointments and one new affiliate faculty member.

ISR welcomes 10 REU microbotics students for the summer

Students will develop interdisciplinary research projects in 10-week program.

Maryland Robotics Center featured on live TV broadcast

Robots from five research groups help promote Maryland Day activities.

Derek Paley featured in new NSF research video

Video explains how unmanned aircraft could help determine hurricane strength.

Synchronized Swimming for Submarines

Paley studies schooling fish to improve motion coordination in unmanned vehicle teams.

Six Clark School faculty become affiliates of ISR

ISR welcomes Desai, Humbert, Jacob, Paley, Qu and Smela.

Derek Paley wins NSF CAREER Award

Paley will study information transmission in biological groups.