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Campbell Research Group

Our research group studies autonomous and semi-autonomous systems, with a special emphasis on robotics, aerospace applications, formation flying satellites, nonlinear estimation theory, cooperative estimation and control, and structural dynamics and control. Links on the left detail Professor Campbell's bio, courses, students and staff, and publications.

  • Cooperative Tracking
    Sponsor: AFOSR with the Insitu Group
    Target tracking for single and multiple UAV’s. Stationary/moving targets. Visible and IR cameras. Cooperative planning.
  • Decision Modeling
    Sponsor: AFOSR
    Operator decision models for users controlling multiple vehicles. Hybrid models with probabilistic transitions. AFRL Human Effectiveness Directorate led experiments with AFRL subject pool.
  • Large Scale Robotics
    Sponsor: DARPA
    Real time perception and planning with robotic vehicles.
  • Sensor Fusion
    Sponsors: Lockheed Martin, NASA, NSF
    On-line 3D models of an environment to a given probability. Real time, decentralized particle filters, co-evolutionary identification
  • Human-Robotic Interaction
    Sponsors: AFOSR MURI
    MURI with CMU, MIT, GWU, UPitt, with an objective of developing synergies between humans and automation. Our project focuses on modeling human decision making in order to consider humans as sensors or decision makers in a network.
Archived Programs
Recent Publications


  • C. Rivadeneyra, J. R. Schoenberg, I. Miller and M. Campbell, “Probabilistic Estimation of Multi-Level Terrain Map in Real Time,” 2009 International Conference on Robotics and Automation.
  • J. R. Schoenberg, M. Campbell and I. Miller, “Global Localization with Multi-Modal Vision Measurements in Limited GPS Environments using Gaussian Sum Filters,” 2009 International Conference on Robotics and Automation.
  • I. Miller, M. Campbell, D. Huttenlocher, et al, “Team Cornell's Skynet: Robust Perception and Planning in an Urban Environment,” Journal of Field Robotics, Vol 25, No 8, pp 493-527, 2008.
  • L. Fletcher, I. Miller, S. Teller, M. Campbell, J. Leonard, D. Huttenlocher, et al, “The Cornell - MIT Collision and why it happened,” Journal of Field Robotics, 2008.
  • J. Hardy, M. Campbell, I. Miller, B. Schimpf, “Sensitivity Analysis of an Optimization-Based Trajectory Planner for Autonomous Vehicles in Urban Environments,” 2008 SPIE Conference on Unmanned/Unattended Sensors and Sensor Networks.
  • I. Miller and M. Campbell, “Particle Filtering for Map-Aided Localization in Sparse GPS Environments,” 2008 International Conference on Robotics and Automation, Pasadena CA.
  • I. Miller , B. Schimpf, M. Campbell, J. Leyssens, “Tightly-Coupled GPS / INS System Design for Autonomous Urban Navigation,” 2008 Position, Location and Navigation Symposium, Monterrey CA. [Best Student Paper]

Human Robotic Interaction, Decision Modeling

  • D. Shah, S. Galster, M. Campbell, F. Bourgault, N. Ahmed, B. Knott, “A Study of Human-Robotic Teams with Various Levels of Autonomy,” 2009 AIAA Infotech conference.  
  • F. Bourgault, A. Chokshi, J. Wang, D. Shah, F. Cedano and M. Campbell, “Scalable Bayesian Human-Robot Cooperation in Mobile Sensor Networks,” 2008 IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems.
  • W. Whitacre, M. Campbell, “Information-Theoretic Optimization of Periodic Orbits for Cooperative Geolocation,” AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference, Aug 2008.
  • N. Ahmed, M. Campbell, “Multimodal Operator Decision Models,” 2008 American Control Conference, Seattle WA.
  • F. Bourgault, A. Chokshi, M. Campbell, “Human-Computer Augmented Nodes for Scalable Mobile Sensor Networks,” 2008 IEEE SMC International Conference on Distributed Human-Machine Systems, Athens Greece.

Nonlinear Estimation and UAVs

  • P. Otanez, M. Campbell, “A Locally Most Powerful Detector for Mode Perturbation Signatures,” 2008 Conference on Decision and Control.
  • E. Scholte, M. Campbell, “Robust Nonlinear Model Predictive Control with Partial State Information,” IEEE Transactions on Control System Technology, Volume 16, No. 3, 2008.
  • M. Campbell, W. Whitacre, “Cooperative Tracking using Vision Measurements on SeaScan UAV's,” IEEE Transactions on Control System Technology, Vol. 15, No. 4, July 2007, pp. 613-626.
  • M. Campbell, J. W. Lee, E. Scholte, D. Rathbun,  “Flight Results for On-line Estimation, Planning and Control using the SeaScan UAV,” AIAA Journal of Guidance, Dynamics and Controls, Vol 30, No 6, 2007, pp. 1597-1609.

Formation Flying Spacecraft

  • T. McLoughlin, M. Campbell, “Distributed Estimate Fusion Filter for Large Spacecraft Formations,” AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference, Aug 2008.


  • MAE 478/578, ECE 472: Feedback Control Systems
  • MAE 678: Multivariable Control Systems
  • MAE 306: Spacecraft Engineering
  • MAE 675: System Identification and Control
  • Space Systems Projects (UG/MEng credit)
  • Applied Systems Engineering I