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Assistant Professor Nora Ayanian (Computer Science)

Assistant Professor Nora Ayanian (Computer Science)

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Nora Ayanian joined the USC Department of Computer Science in Fall 2013 as an Assistant Professor and the WiSE Jr. Gabilan Chair. Dr. Ayanian was a  Postdoctoral Associate in the  Distributed Robotics Lab at MIT and earned a PhD and M.S.  in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University. Her research focuses on creating end-to-end solutions for multirobot coordination. She hopes to create solutions for coordinating teams of robots that start from truly high level specifications and deliver code for individual robots in the system. Currently, multirobot systems are extremely difficult to use, and solutions are not transferrable from one application to another. The goal of Dr. Ayanian’s research is to develop distributed planning and control foundations that are broadly applicable across all aspects of multirobot systems or mobile sensor networks. During the Spring 2014, Dr. Ayanian is teaching Coordinated Mobile Robotics. More information on her research is available on her website: You can also hear her discuss her research in this short video clip featuring some of Viterbi’s newest faculty members.

Recent articles include:

C. Sung, N. Ayanian, and D. Rus. “Improving the Performance of Multi-Robot Systems by Task Switching”, IEEE Int’l Conference on Robotics and Automation, Karlsruhe, Germany, May 2013.

N. Ayanian, D. Rus, and V. Kumar. “Decentralized Multirobot Control in Partially Known Environments with Dynamic Task Reassignment”, IFAC Workshop on Distributed Estimation and Control in Networked Systems, Santa Barbara, CA, September 2012, pp. 311-316.