Team


Prashant G. Mehta

Associate Professor, Mechanical Science and Engineering

Dr. Prashant G. Mehta is an Associate Professor at the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He recieved his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Cornell University in 2004. Prior to UIUC, Dr. Mehta was a 'Research Engineer' at United Technologies Research Center (UTRC)

His research interests are at the intersection of dynamical systems and control theory, including fundamental limitations in nonlinear control, model reduction of Markov chains, phase transition and learning in large population games.

He received the 'Outstanding Achievement Award' at United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) for his contributions to modeling and control of combustion instabilities in jet-engines. His students received the 'Best Student Paper Award' at the IEEE Conference in Decision and Control 2007 and 2009.

mehtapg@illinois.edu

Tao Yang

Ph.D Candidate

I’m a fourth year Ph.D. student at the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering,University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My advisor is Prof. Prashant Mehta. Before I came to the United States, I received my B.E. Degree with high honor (2009) at the Department of Automation from Tsinghua University, China. I received my M.S. degree in Mathematics from U of Illinois at 2012.

My research interests mainly include nonlinear filtering and estimation, and its applications on target tracking. Besides work, I like to play basketball and I am a huge fan of Chris Paul and Los Angeles Clippers.

paulsameyt@gmail.com

Adam K. Tilton

Ph.D. Candidate

I am a graduate student in Mechanical Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign I work in the Decision and Controls group at the Coordinated Science Laboratory under the direction of Professor Prashant G. Mehta. In my spare time, I enjoy rock climbing at the ARC, strumming on my guitar, or having some beers with friends Murphy's Pub.

adamtilton@adamtilton.com
http://adamtilton.com

Chi Zhang

Ph.D. Candidate

I hail from Xuzhou, China, a city famous for machinery industries. Now I am a member of the Coordinated Science Laboratory of UIUC. My research interests include: Gain function approximation of the feedback particle filter; filtering on manifolds and globa optimization using particles. Besides study, I love travelling, world foods, basketball and classic literature.

zhangchi314@gmail.com

Shane Ghiotto

Master's Candidate

I am a graduate student in Mechanical Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. I work in the Decision and Controls group at the Coordinated Science Laboratory under the direction of Professor Prashant G. Mehta. In my free time I enjoy playing guitar, watching hockey and baseball, or reading a good book.

My research is focused on nonlinear filtering, with applications in maneuvering target tracking.

sghiotto1@gmail.com


Amirhossein Taghvaei

Ph.D. Candidate

I am a PhD student in the Mechanical Science and Engineering Department at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. I work under the direction of Prof. Prashant Mehta in the area of Decision and Control. My research is about Control Architecture for Locomotion Systems. I received two bachelor degrees, one in Mechanical Engineering and one in Physics, from Sharif University of Technology, Iran (2013). I like taking a combination of abstract Math courses and applied Engineering courses. I enjoy solving problems, cooking, and playing.

taghvae2@illinois.edu