Assistant Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Sertac Karaman

Sertac Karaman is the Charles Stark Draper Assistant Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (since Fall 2012). He has obtained B.S. degrees in mechanical engineering and and in computer engineering from the Istanbul Technical University, Turkey, in 2007, an S.M. degree in mechanical engineering from MIT in 2009, and a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering and computer science also from MIT in 2012. His research interests lie in the broad areas of robotics and control theory. In particular, he studies the applications of probability theory, stochastic processes, stochastic geometry, formal methods, and optimization for the design and analysis of high-performance cyber-physical systems. The application areas include driverless cars, unmanned aerial vehicles, distributed aerial surveillance systems, air traffic control, certification and verification of control systems software, among many others.

  • New Course (August 30, '15) Our course will MIT students how drones fly. We will give each student one Parrot mini drone to keep until the end of the semester. With our software, the students will program the drones from Matlab/Simulink. Link

  • New Article (August 20, '15) New article in the MIT AeroAstro Annual Magazine discusses our new class that involves racing with fully-autonomous mini racing cars, with potential implications on pedagogy. Link
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  • New Paper (July 25, '15) Our paper on utilizing tensor decomposition methods to design a polynomial time algorithm for low-rank stochastic optimal control design problems appeared at the Robotics: Science and Systems Conference. Link

  • Event Participation (June 5, '15) We participated in the Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) with our automated vehicle  concept for mobility on demand and logistics. Link

  • Workshop Organization (April 20, '15) We have organized the 2nd workshop NSF Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) workshop for early-career scientists in Seattle during the CPS Week. This year, the workshop focused on smart cities. Link

  • Media Coverage (February 1, '15) Our short course involving autonomous mini racecars competing in MIT's tunnels appeared in MIT News and elsewhere. Link
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