research themes

Our research is on reliable autonomy and intelligence. We work on theories, algorithms, tools and experimental testbeds to discover the principles for designing and analyzing autonomous systems like driverless cars and aerial vehicles. See this page to join us.

current members

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Sayan Mitra

Sayan is Professor of ECE and CS. His book on verification was published by MIT press in 2021.

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Chiao Hsieh

Chiao is a Computer Science PhD candidate and his research is on distributed systems and programming languages. He is leading the research and development Koord language and Dione verifier.

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Dawei Sun

Dawei is a 4th year PhD student in ECE. His research is combining machine learning and control theory for verification and synthesis. He has developed HooVer using multi-armed Bandit algorithms for statistical model checking. He has also developed approaches for synthesizing controllers for multi-robot systems using contraction theory and learning.

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Kristina Miller

Kristina (BS MechSE, UIUC) is pursuing a PhD student. Her research explores synthesis algorithms and their applications in autonomous systems. She is the lead developer of the FACTEST synthesis engine.

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Yangge Li

Yangge (BS, MS ECE, UIUC) is currently pursuing PhD. He is exploring verification techniques for autonomous systems. He is building the next generation verification framework for cyber-physical and autonomous systems.

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Katherine Braught

Katherine is a second year PhD student in Computer Science and her interests are in algorithms, verification, and probabilistic reasoning.

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Yixuan Jia

Yixuan is an ECE undergrad and he part of the GRAIC team.

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Raj Joshi

Raj is an ECE undergrad and he part of the GRAIC team.

phd alumni

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Hussein Sibai

Hussein completed his PhD from ECE in 2021 and he is currently a postdoc at UC Berkeley. His research explored how model structure and symmetries can help scale verification of autonomous systems. He has developed abstractions, algorithms and data-structures that have shown in some cases 100x speed-up of verifcation for nonlinear, hybrid, and multi-agent systems. Hussein received Illinois' Mavis Fellowhip, best poster award at HSCC'18, and ACM Gold Prize for Student Research.

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Ritwika Ghosh

Ritwika completed her PhD from CS in 2020, and is now a Senior Software Engineer at Her PhD research was on programming distributed robotic systems.

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Chuchu Fan

Chuchu completed her PhD from ECE in 2019, and is now an Assistant Professor in the Aerospace Engineering Department at MIT. Her PhD research was on data-driven verification and synthesis of autonomous systems and it was recognized with the ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award---the top prize for CS PhD in the world!

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Zhenqi Huang

Zhenqi completed his PhD from ECE in 2016, and is now at Waymo. His PhD research was on Compositional analysis of CPS for safety and privacy.

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Parasara Sridhar Duggirala

Sridhar completed his PhD from CS in 2015, co-advised M. Viswanathan. He is now Assistant Professor of Computer Science at UNC Chapel Hill. Sridhar's PhD research was on Dynamic verification of cyber-physical systems.

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Taylor Johnson

Taylor, the first graduate from our group, completed his PhD in 2013. He is now Associate Professor of EECS at Vanderbilt University. Taylor's PhD research was on Formal verification of distributed cyber-physical systems.

ms alumni

undergraduate alumni