Cockrell School of Engineering

The University of Texas at Austin

Maruthi R. Akella

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Associate Professor

Myron L. Begeman Fellowship in Engineering

Research Areas:
Controls, Autonomy and Robotics
Orbital Mechanics

Phone: (512) 471-9493
Office: WRW 412B

Ph.D., Texas A&M University

Research Interests:

  • Nonlinear Adaptive Control

  • Dynamical Systems Theory

  • Estimation and System Identification


Dr. Akella specializes in the control of complex dynamical systems that are subject to large scale nonlinearities and uncertainties. He has served on the Cockrell School of Engineering faculty since 1999. Dr. Akella directs the Controls Lab for Distributed and Uncertain Systems (C-DUS) with the ASE/EM Department at UT Austin. He is affiliated with the Center for Space Research and has also engaged in active collaborations with the Wireless Networking and Communications Group and the Center for Aeromechanics Research.

Dr. Akella’s current research encompasses control theoretic investigations and experimental validation of a wide variety of complex engineered dynamical systems that include autonomous space vehicles and mobile robots; flow-control systems for high-speed and hypersonic vehicles; miniature robots navigating inside GPS denied environments; uncertainty quantification; and cooperative control and collaborative sensing problems in swarm robots. His theoretical contributions have found several highly successful applications in astrodynamics and in the control of space systems and vision-guided robotics.

Dr. Akella received the 2013 Mechanics and Control of Flight Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) for his "far-reaching theoretical and practical advances in aircraft/spacecraft guidance, navigation and control, particularly nonlinear attitude estimation and control." He is a Fellow of the American Astronautical Society (AAS) and an Associate Fellow of the AIAA. He currently serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics (JGCD), the Journal of the Astronautical Sciences (JAS), and the IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems (T-AES). He has published more than 100 research papers in peer-reviewed archival journals and conferences.

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