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Bérénice Mettler
Associate Professor

Bernard Mettler

Contact information
Office: 126 Akerman Hall
Phone: 612-624-0529
E-mail: mettler (at) umn.edu

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Professor Mettler’s current research focuses on guidance of aerial vehicles in challenging tasks and environments, with an emphasis on algorithms for autonomous guidance and human interactive guidance. She runs the Interactive Guidance and Control Lab (IGCL), with the primary aim of developing formal methods for the system-wide study of human, human-assisted, and autonomous control of vehicles. Some of Dr. Mettler’s specific research includes real-time planning and decision making for dynamic systems; the system integration of control, planning, and perceptual functions; and the principles of cognitive functions involved in spatial reasoning and adaptation. Her work involves an interdisciplinary approach, combining theory of controls and dynamics with psychology and neurosciences. She is affiliated with the University of Minnesota’s Center for Cognitive Sciences.

Degrees

Diploma, Mechanical Engineering, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland, 1996
Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 2001

Experience

Summer, 2013 to present: Associate Professor, Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics and Control Science & Dynamical Systems Center, University of Minnesota
2006 - Spring, 2013: Assistant Professor, Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics and Control Science & Dynamical Systems Center, University of Minnesota
2004 - 2005: Research Scientist, Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2001 - 2004: Postdoctoral Associate, Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2001: Postdoctoral Associate, The Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
1997 - 2001: Research Assistant, Carnegie Mellon University

Five Recent Publications

  • N. Dadkhah and B. Mettler, 2012, Survey of Motion Planning Literature in the Presence of Uncertainty: Considerations for UAV Guidance, Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems, 65, 233-246, (Journal Article) More Details, Request PDF
  • Z. Kong and B. Mettler, 2011, Evaluation of Guidance Performance in Urban Terrains for Different UAV Types and Performance Criteria Using Spatial CTG Maps, Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems, 61(1), 135-156, (Journal Article) More Details, Request PDF
  • B. Mettler, 2011, Structure and Organizational Principles of Agile Behavior: Challenges and Opportunities in Cognitive Engineering, Cognitive Critique, 3, 1-22, (Journal Article) More Details, Request PDF
  • J. Andersh and B. Mettler, 2011, System Integration of a Miniature Rotorcraft for Aerial Tele-Operation Research, Mechatronics, 21, 776-788, (Journal Article) More Details, Request PDF
  • B. Mettler, N. Dadkhah, Z. Kong, 2010, Agile Autonomous Guidance using Spatial Value Functions, Control Engineering Practice, 18(7), 773-788, (Journal Article) More Details, Request PDF

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Honors and Fellowships

Best session paper, UAV session, American Helicopter Society, 2010
Background
Best conference paper, AIAA Digital Avionics System Conference, 2001
Best session paper, AIAA Digital Avionics System Conference, 2001
Carnegie Mellon University Award for contributions to Autonomous Helicopter Project, 1997
Background
AUVSI International Aerial Robotics Competition, First Prize winner, Orlando, Florida, 1997
Background

Editorial Positions

2009-Present: Editorial Board
Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems
2008: Associate Editor
IEEE Multi-Conference on Systems and Control

Scientific and Professional Societies

IEEE Robotics and Automation Society
IEEE Control Systems Society
IEEE Women in Engineering
American Helicopter Society (AHS)

Subjects and Courses Taught

Undergraduate
AEM 2012 -- Dynamics
AEM 2301 -- Mechanics of Flight
AEM 4303W -- Flight Dynamics and Control
AEM 4311 -- Automatic Control Systems
AEM 4371 -- Helicopter Aerodynamics
AEM 4495 -- Aerospace Systems Problems
Graduate
AEM 5333 -- Design-to-Flight: Small Uninhabited Aerial Vehicles
AEM 5431 -- Trajectory Optimization
AEM 8400 -- Research Seminar in Dynamics and Controls
AEM 8495 -- Selected Topics in Dynamical Systems and Controls
Curriculum Vitae Brief Biographical Sketch

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