Usman A. Fiaz ​  

PhD Student | Robotics, Control, & Learning

I am a 2nd year PhD student in Electrical Engineering at the University of Maryland College Park. I am affiliated with the Autonomy Robotics and Cognition (ARC) Lab and the Institute for Systems Research (ISR) under the supervision of  Prof. John S. Baras.
Broadly speaking, my research interests lie in some of the modern areas of control theory, robotics, and machine learning with special emphasis on autonomous multi-agent systems.

More specifically, I'm interested in the following topics:
  • ​Assured autonomy in multi-agent systems; UAVs in particular 
  • Programmable self-assembly and distributed self-reconfiguration
  • Autonomous aerial grasping and surveillance
  • Related applications of artificial intelligence and deep learning

During the Summer of 2018, I interned with Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs (MERL), where I developed a testbed for UAV based indoor surveillance via deep learning. In past, I have also worked at the  European Organization for Nuclear Reseach (CERN), and with Prof. Jeff S. Shamma at RISC Lab, KAUST.​​
 Curriculum Vitae
Office # 0201-B
Engineering Annex Building (093)
Autonomy Robotics & Cognition Lab
University of Maryland College Park
20742 MD, USA​​
fiaz [at] umd [dot] edu
My other interests include photography, drones, football (i.e. soccer), and talking to (arguing with) friends and my elder siblings. Please feel free to reach out, if you would like to talk about my work or discuss something of mutual interest.​​