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Research Interests

Current Research Interests

Cluster Space Control of Multiple Mobile Robots: Using the cluster space state representation to naturally specify and control the motion of multiple mobile robots in an autonomous or single-pilot system. Experimental applications include multi-rover testbeds for object manipulation/transport, adaptive navigation, and coordinated navigation of UAVs/ASVs for remote sensing and in situ monitoring applications. Dr. Kitts has held several NSF grants in this area and has served as the Special Issue Guest Editor on this topic for several journals.

Model-Based Anomaly Management: Using fundamental system descriptions in order to systematically compute conjectures regarding the detection of anomaly detection, the identification of possible anomaly diagnoses, and the generation of applicable anomaly resolutions. Experimental applications range from the health management of orbiting spacecraft to automobile diagnostics to the dynamic control of underwater propulsion systems. Sponsored projects relating to this work include the model-based operation of a series of spacecraft for NASA.

Dr. Kitts is currently an Associate Editor of the journal IEEE Access, and he serves on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems. He is a past Technical Editor for the ASME/IEEE Transactions on Mechatronics. He has also served as a Guest Editor for several special topics issues of IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine and the ASME/IEEE Transactions on Mechatronics.

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Title: Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Development, School of Engineering; Joint Appointments, Electrical Engineering (Courtesy) and Bioengineering (Affiliate); Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers