Adjunct Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Professor Ferrari's research aims at providing intelligent control systems with a higher degree of mathematical structure to guide their application and improve reliability. Decision-making processes are automated based on concepts drawn from control theory and the life sciences. Recent efforts have focused on the development of reconfigurable controllers implementing neural networks with procedural long-term memories. Full-scale simulations show that these controllers are capable of learning from new and unmodeled aircraft dynamics in real time, improving performance and even preventing loss of control in the event of control failures, nonlinear and near-stall dynamics, and parameter variations. New optimal control problems and methods based on computational geometry are being investigated to improve the effectiveness of integrated surveillance systems by networks of autonomous vehicles, such as, underwater gliders and ground robots.
Appointments and Affiliations
- Adjunct Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
- Faculty Network Member of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences
- Office Location: 144 Hudson Hall, Box 90300, Durham, NC 27708
- Email Address: email@example.com
- Ph.D. Princeton University, 2002
- M.A. Princeton University, 1999
- B.S. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 1997
Design and analysis of methods and algorithms for learning and computational intelligence. Theory and approximation properties of network models, such as neural and probabilistic networks, for the purpose of enhancing their learning abilities and improving reliability. Approximate dynamic programming and optimal control techniques, with applications in adaptive flight control and mobile sensor networks. Application of expert systems and systems theory to psychological and cognitive modeling from data.
Awards, Honors, and Distinctions
- Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program. National Science Foundation. 2005
In the News
- Engineers model better navigation systems after brain’s adaptability (Jun 3, 2014 | LiveScience)
- Dong, J; Zhu, P; Ferrari, S, Oriented Pedestrian Social Interaction Modeling and Inference, Proceedings of the American Control Conference, vol 2020-July (2020), pp. 1373-1380 [10.23919/ACC45564.2020.9147689] [abs].
- Legrand, K; Ferrari, S, The role of bounded fields-of-view and negative information in finite set statistics (FISST), Proceedings of 2020 23rd International Conference on Information Fusion, Fusion 2020 (2020) [10.23919/FUSION45008.2020.9190174] [abs].
- Tilmon, B; Jain, E; Ferrari, S; Koppal, S, FoveaCam: A MEMS mirror-enabled foveating camera, Ieee International Conference on Computational Photography, Iccp 2020 (2020) [10.1109/ICCP48838.2020.9105183] [abs].
- Clawson, TS; Ferrari, S; Helbling, EF; Wood, RJ; Fu, B; Ruina, A; Wang, ZJ, Full flight envelope and trim map of flapping-wing micro aerial vehicles, Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, vol 43 no. 12 (2020), pp. 2218-2236 [10.2514/1.G004754] [abs].
- Toader, AC; Rao, HM; Ryoo, M; Bohlen, MO; Cruger, JS; Oh-Descher, H; Ferrari, S; Egner, T; Beck, J; Sommer, MA, Probabilistic inferential decision-making under time pressure in rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta)., Journal of Comparative Psychology, vol 133 no. 3 (2019), pp. 380-396 [10.1037/com0000168] [abs].