Raghvendra V. Cowlagi

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Associate Professor

Aerospace Engineering Program
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Higgins Laboratories, 247
100 Institute Road, Worcester MA 01609

Phone: +1 (508) 831-6405
Email: rv<surname>@wpi.edu

Google Scholar profile


 —  Ph.D., Aerospace Eng., 2011, Georgia Institute of Technology

 —  M.Tech., Aerospace Eng., 2005, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

  • Advisor: J. Chandrasekhar

  • Thesis: Autonomous Mission Management System for a Group of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

 —  B.E., Electronics Eng., 2003, University of Mumbai


  • Associate Professor, 2019-, Aerospace Eng. Program, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

  • Assistant Professor, 2013- 2019, Aerospace Eng. Program, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

  • Guidance, Navigation, and Controls Engineer, 2012-13, Aurora Flight Sciences

  • Postdoctoral Associate, 2011-12, LIDS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sponsor: Emilio Frazzoli)

  • Graduate Research Assistant, 2006-11, Dept. Aerospace Eng., Georgia Institute of Technology

  • Project Engineer, 2005-06, Dept. Aerospace Eng., Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (Supervisor: Sanjay Bhat)

  • Teaching Assistant, 2003-05, Dept. Aerospace Eng., Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

Awards & Honors

Research Interests

  • Autonomous vehicles: unmanned aerial vehicles and self-driving cars

  • Coupled sensor placement and motion planning under uncertainty

  • Connected cars

  • Motion planning to satisfy temporal logic specifications

  • Trajectory optimization for hybrid systems

  • Safety of hierarchical systems

See the ACE Lab website for details.


  • Introduction to Aerospace Control Systems (undergraduate)

  • Guidance, Navigation, and Communications (undergraduate)

  • Aircraft Dynamics and Control (undergraduate and graduate)

  • Introduction to Optimal Control (graduate)

Service to WPI

  • WPI Committee on Academic Operations (2019 - )

  • Undergraduate Committee, Aerospace Engineering Program (2016 - )

  • Graduate Committee, Aerospace Engineering Program (2014 - 2016)

  • Graduate Committee, Department of Mechanical Engineering (2013 – 2017)

  • AE/ME Graduate Seminar (2013 - 2016)

  • Aerospace Engineering Program Committee (2013 – 2014)

Service to the Profession

  • Associate Editor, 2014 - 2017, 2019 - Aerospace Science and Technology

  • Associate Editor, 2015 - IEEE-CSS Conference Editorial Board

  • Member, 2016 - AIAA GNC Technical Committee

  • Session chair or co-chair at several conferences: AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference, IEEE Conference on Decision & Control; American Control Conference; AIAA Infotech@Aerospace; IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation

  • Reviewer for multiple journals: IEEE Trans. Robotics; IEEE Trans. Automatic Control; IEEE Trans. Industrial Electronics; Automatica; AIAA J. Guidance, Control, and Dynamics; Aerospace Science and Technology; ASME J. Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control; European J. Control; IEEE Trans. Automation Science & Eng.; Robotics & Autonomous Systems

  • Reviewer for multiple conferences: American Control Conference; IEEE Conference on Decision and Control; IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation; IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems; European Control Conference;