Francis D. Lagor

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

1010 Furnas Hall



Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, 2017

Research Interests

Guidance, navigation, and control of robotic systems in complex flow environments; Flow sensing and control; Bio-inspired robotics; Nonlinear/non-Gaussian estimation; Guidance and control for unmanned systems, including adaptive sampling and cooperative control.

Selected Publications

  • F. D. Lagor, K. Ide, and D. A. Paley, “Incorporating prior knowledge in observability-based path planning for ocean sampling ,” Systems & Control Letters , Vol. 97 , pp. 169 –175 , 2016.
  • C. G. Hooi, F. D. Lagor, and D. A. Paley, “Height estimation and control of rotorcraft in ground effect using spatially distributed pressure sensing ,” Journal of the American Helicopter Society , Vol. 61, pp. 1-14 , Oct 2016.
  • F. Zhang, F. D. Lagor, D. Yeo, P. Washington, and D. A. Paley, “Distributed flow sensing for closed-loop speed control of a flexible fish robot ,” Bioinspiration & Biomimetics , Vol. 10, No. 6, p. 65001, 2015.
  • L. DeVries, F. D. Lagor, H. Lei, X. Tan, and D. A. Paley, “Distributed flow estimation and closed-loop control of an underwater vehicle with a multi-modal artificial lateral line ,” Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, Vol. 10, No. 2 , p. 025002, 2015.
  •  F. D. Lagor, L. D. DeVries, K. M. Waychoff, and D. A. Paley, “Bio-inspired flow sensing and control: Autonomous rheotaxis using distributed pressure measurements,” Journal of Unmanned System Technology, Vol. 1 , No. 3 , pp. 78 –88 , 2013.