Nicholas Gans

Clinical Associate Professor - Electrical Engineering
Tags: Electrical Engineering Computer Engineering

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Systems and Entrepreneurial Engineering
University of Illinois Urbana Champaign - 2005
M.S. - Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Illinois Urbana Champaign - 2002
B.S. - Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics
Case Western Reserve University - 1999

Research Areas

Research Interests
  • Vision-Based Control and State Estimation
  • Mobile Robot Control
  • Nonlinear Control
  • Hybrid Switched-System Control
  • Computer Vision
  • Multi-Agent/Distributed Control and Estimation
  • Human/Machine Interaction

Publications

D. Tick, A. C. Satici, J. Shen, and N. R. Gans, Tracking Control of Mobile Robots Localized via Chained Fusion of Discrete and Continuous Epipolar Geometry, IMU and Odometry, IEEE Transactions on Systems Man and Cybernetics Part B, Volume 43, Number 4, 1237 - 1250 forthcoming - Publication
N. R. Gans, G. Hu, J. Shen, Y. Zhang, W. E. Dixon, “Adaptive Visual Servo Control to Simultaneously Stabilize Image and Pose Error,” Mechatronics, Volume 22, Number 4, pp. 410-422, June 2012 2012 - Publication
Y. Zhang, M. Rotea, N.R. Gans, “Sensors Looking for Interesting Things: Extremum Seeking Control on Entropy Maps,” Proc. IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, 2011 2011 - Publication
N. R. Gans, G. Hu, K. Nagaragan, W. E. Dixon, “Keeping Multiple Moving Targets in the Field of View of a Mobile Camera,” IEEE Transactions on Robotics, Volume 27, Number 4, pp. Page(s): 822 – 828, 2011  2011 - Publication
M. K.  Kaiser, N. Gans and W. Dixon, “Vision-Based Estimation and Control of an Aerial Vehicle through Chained Homography,” IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, Volume 46, Number 3, pp. 1064-1077, 2010 2010 - Publication
N. R. Gans, J. Shen and J. W. Curtis, "Selection Of A UAV Orbit To Keep Multiple Targets In The Camera Field Of View," Proc. IIEEE International Symposium on Intelligent Control (ISIC), pp.807-812, 2010. 2010 - Publication
G. López-Nicolás, N. R. Gans, S. Bhattacharya, C. Sagüés, J.J. Guerrero and S. Hutchinson, “An Optimal Homography-Based Control Scheme for Mobile Robots with Nonholonomic and Field-of-View Constraints,” IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, Part B, Volume 40, Number 4, pp. 1115 - 1127, 2010 2010 - Publication
N. Gans, W. Dixon, R. Lind and A Kurdilla, A Hardware in the Loop Simulation Platform for Vision-Based Control of Unmanned Air Vehicles, IFAC Journal of Mechatronics, to appear, 2009 2009 - Publication
G. López-Nicolás, N. R. Gans, S. Bhattacharya, C. Sagüés, J.J. Guerrero and S. Hutchinson, "An Optimal Homography-Based Control Scheme for Mobile Robots with Nonholonomic and Field-of-View Constraints," Systems, Man and Cybernetics, Part B, , conditionally accepted, revision submitted, 2009. 2009 - Publication
G. Hu, N. Gans, and W. E. Dixon, Quaternion-Based Visual Servo Control in the Presence of Camera Calibration Error, International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control, to appear, 2009 2009 - Publication

Appointments

Assistant Professor
University of Texas at Dallas [2009–Present]
Postdoctoral Associate
Eglin Air Force Base [2008–2009]
Postdoctoral Research
University of Florida [2006–2008]
Graduate Research Assistant
University of Illinois [2002–2005]

Projects

Balancing Mission Requirement for Networked Autonomous Aircrafts Performing Video Reconnaissance
2018–2018 Department of Mechanical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (March, 2009)
Underdetermined, Vision-Based Control of Mechanical Systems
2018–2018 Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Denver (April, 2008)
Simultaneous Stability of Image and Pose Error in Visual Servo Control
2018–2018 Virginia Tech University (November, 2007)
Balancing Mission Requirement for Networked Autonomous Aircrafts Performing Video Reconnaissance
2018–2018 Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Texas at Dallas (April, 2009)
Underdetermined, Vision-Based Control of Mechanical Systems
2018–2018 University of Florida Research Engineering Education Facility (REEF) (April, 2008).

Additional Information

Awards
  • National Research Council/US Air Force Office of Scientific Research Associateship
  • K. Kaiser, N. Gans and W. E. Dixon, American Control Conference, Best Paper of the Session FrC12 for the paper Localization and Control of an Aerial Vehicle through Chained, Vision-Based Pose Reconstruction, 2007.

Professional Activities

Memberships

  • • IEEE Robotics and Automation Society
  • • IEEE Control Systems Society
  • • AIAA

International Program Committee Member

  • IEEE Int’l Conf. on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS): 2006
  • IEEE Int’l Conf. on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), Associate Editor: 2007, 2008, 2009
  • IEEE/IFAC Int’l Conf. on Inform. in Control, Autom. & Robotics (ICINCO): 2008, 2009

Workshop/Invited Session Organizer/Lecturer

  • University of Johannesburg, Organizer and Lecturer at One Day Workshop, Vision-Based Estimation and Control, Johannesburg, South Africa, Nov. 2009
  • AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference (GNC), Organizer and Lecturer at Two Day Workshop, Vision-Based Control for Autonomous Vehicles, Chicago, IL, Aug. 2009
  • International Conference on Pattern Recognition (ICPR), Presenter at One Day Workshop, Visual Observation and Analysis of Animal and Insect Behavior, Tampa, FL, Dec. 2008
  • IEEE International Symposium on Intelligent Control (ISIC), Invited Session Organizer and Lecturer: Current Topics Vision-Based Control, San Antonio, TX, Sep. 2008
  • AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference (GNC), Organizer and Lecturer at Two Day Workshop, Vision-Based Control for Autonomous Vehicles, Hilton Head, SC, Aug. 2007

Review Panels

  • National Science Foundation: Division of Information and Intelligent Systems

Publication Reviewer

  • IEEE Transactions on Control (TAC)
  • IEEE Transactions on Robotics (TRO)
  • IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics (TSMC)
  • IEEE Transactions on Controls System Technology (TCST)
  • ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control
  • International Journal of Computer Vision (IJCV)
  • International Journal of Robotics Research (IJRR)
  • Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems
  • European Journal of Control (EJC)Nicholas Gans Curriculum Vitae Page | 4
  • IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS)
  • IEEE Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)
  • IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC)
  • American Controls Conference (ACC)
  • ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference (DSCC)
  • IEEE Conference on Control, Automation, Robotics and Vision (ICARV)
  • IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (ROMAN)
  • International Conference on Intelligent Autonomous Systems (IAS)
  • IEEE Potentials
Patents
  • W. Dixon, N. Gans, M. Kaiser, Image-Based System and Methods for Vehicle Guidance and Navigation, Patent Cooperative Treaty No. PCT/US2007/76419, filed August 21, 2007
  • W. Dixon, N. Gans, S. Gupta, Passive Single Camera Imaging System for Determining Motor Vehicle Speed, Patent Cooperative Treaty No. PCT/US2007/83895, filed November 7, 2007

News Articles

ECS Professors Selected to Share Innovative Teaching Ideas
Two professors from the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science were selected to participate in the National Academy of Engineering’s Frontiers of Engineering EducationSymposium last month in Irvine, Calif.

The academy chose 73 engineering educators to share ideas and learn from best practices. The attendees, nominated by NAE members or university deans, were recognized for developing and implementing innovative educational approaches in engineering. The fifth-annual symposium focused on online learning, including MOOCs (massive open online courses), gaming and flipped classrooms. 

Dr. Rashaunda Henderson and Dr. Nicholas Gans, assistant professors of electrical engineering, said they were excited to participate.