Nonlinear dynamics and controls, cooperative control of autonomous vehicles, autonomous underwater vehicles, and modeling of animal aggregations.
Derek A. Paley is an Associate Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and the Institute for Systems Research at the University of Maryland. He is the founding director of the Collective Dynamics and Control Laboratory and a member of the Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center, the Maryland Robotics Center, the Program in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science, and the Applied Mathematics & Statistics, and Scientific Computation Program. Paley received the B.S. degree in Applied Physics from Yale University in 1997 and the Ph.D. degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University in 2007. He received the National Science Foundation CAREER award in 2010 and is co-author of Engineering Dynamics: A Comprehensive Introduction (Princeton University Press, 2011). Dr. Paley teaches introductory engineering dynamics, advanced dynamics, aircraft flight dynamics and control, and nonlinear control. His research interests are in the area of dynamics and control, including cooperative control of autonomous vehicles, adaptive sampling with mobile networks, and spatial modeling of biological groups. His research is based on support by the U.S. Army, the Office of Naval Research, and the National Science Foundation. Paley is an Associate Fellow of AIAA and a Senior Member of IEEE. He is an Associate Editor of the AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics and is a member of the IEEE Control Systems Society Aerospace Controls Technical Committee.
Honors and Awards
Young Faculty awards
NSF CAREER for Dynamics and Control of Motion Coordination for Information Transmission in Groups, 2010
Engineering Dynamics: A Comprehensive Inroduction by N. Jeremy Kasdin (Princeton University) and Derek Paley (AE/ISR) Princeton University Press, 2011