Richard Linares, Ph.D.

Research Interests.

Professor Linares's research interests are nonlinear estimation, Bayesian inference, uncertainty quantification, optimal control, and reinforcement learning. His work focuses on the development of methods relevant to Space Situational Awareness (SSA), swarming systems, and space exploration. He has applied these approaches to many practical aerospace problems; most notably orbital debris tracking and characterization, and precise satellite formation flight. He is also interested in applications in attitude determination and control problems, satellite guidance and navigation problems, orbit determination and prediction problems, and deep space exploration.

  • State and parameter estimation,
  • Uncertainty quantification,
  • Space situational awareness,
  • Reinforcement learning,
  • Optimal control.

A description of the orbital debris problem and the solution and approach being developed by Prof. Linares's group at the University of Minnesota is available below. The newsletter on completion of Prof. Linares's telescope installation at the University of Arizona is also available below.

News: Professor Linares receives Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) Award

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Contact Information

Richard Linares
University of Minnesota
205B Akerman Hall
110 Union St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0153
Phone: 612-625-2540
Fax: 612-626-1558
Mail: 117C Akerman Hall