- Autonomous medical devices and systems
- Control theory and optimization
- Cyber-physical systems
- Human-autonomy systems
- Machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI)
- Networked and distributed systems
- Robotics, autonomous systems, surgical robotics
- Nonlinear dynamics and systems
Major Centers & Initiatives
Externally funded research centers in autonomy which Duke leads, or is a partner, include:
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Research Interests: Robust and optimal control, linear matrix inequalities (LMIs), model predictive control (MPC), delayed systems, input-output stability, passivity.
Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Research Interests: Nonlinear dynamics and vibration utilizing analytical, numerical, and experimental techniques. Fundamental investigations of phenomenon and application areas where dynamical systems theory plays an important role.
Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science (beginning November 1, 2020)
Research Interests: Flexible electronics, precision measurement, non-destructive testing, deformation physics of random media, mechanical metamaterials, robotic materials and smart structures, machine learning
Associate Professor of the Practice in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Research Interests: Study of the behavior of nonlinear dynamical systems, including the investigation of the fundamental nature of nonlinear systems based on a mathematical description of their underlying equations of motion and the application of recent results from nonlinear dynamical systems...
Yoh Family Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Research Interests: Control theory, optimization, and learning; in particular, robotics and autonomous systems, networked and distributed control systems, and cyber-physical systems.
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Research Interests: Medical device development, acute care technology, space medicine, remote medicine, autonomous medical devices.
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery
Research Interests: Minimally invasive neurosurgical device development and neurosurgical robotics.
Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Research Interests: Human-unmanned vehicle interaction, human-autonomous system collaboration, human-systems engineering, public policy implications of unmanned vehicles, and the ethical and social impact of technology.
Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Research Interests: Structural dynamics, earthquake engineering, seismic hazard mitigation for building contents, nonlinear dynamics, system identification, optimal control with application to systems with controllable damping.