Catharine McGhan, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics


Biography

Catharine McGhan received her BS and MS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 2004 and 2006, respectively. She received her PhD degree in Aerospace Engineering, Flight Dynamics and Control, in 2014, under the supervision of Professor Ella M. Atkins at the University of Michigan. Prior to joining UC, Catharine was a Postdoctoral Scholar at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA.


Research Interests

  • Intelligent Systems; Space robotics; Risk-assessment and mitigation; Analysis and V&V of architectures; System safety; Human-Robot Interaction; and Flight dynamics and control.
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Professional Experience

Postdoctoral Scholar, California Institute of Technology, Dept. of Computing+Mathematical Sciences, Pasadena, CA   2014-2016
Graduate Student Research AssistantUniversity of Michigan, Dept. of Aerospace Engineering, Ann Arbor, MI 2009, 2011-2013
NSF Fellow/Research Assistant, University of Michigan, Dept. of Aerospace Engineering, Ann Arbor, MI 2006-2008
Graduate Student InstructorUniversity of Michigan, College of Engineering, Ann Arbor, MI 2008-2013
NSF Fellow/Research AssistantUniversity of Maryland, Dept. of Aerospace Engineering, College Park, MD 2005-2006
Minta Martin Fellow/Research Assistant, University of Maryland, Dept. of Aerospace Engineering, College Park, MD 2004-2005


Honors and Awards

National Science Foundation Fellowship 2005-2008
Minta Martin Fellowship, University of Maryland, College Park 2004-2005
AIAA Outstanding Achievement Award, UMCP AIAA Student Chapter 2004
Banneker/Key Scholarship, University of Maryland, College Park 2000-2004
Maryland Distinguished Scholar, State of Maryland 2000-2004
Sigma Gamma Tau Aerospace Engineering Honor Society, Inducted 2002
Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor SocietyInducted 2002


Journal Publications

C. McGhan, A. Nasir, and E. Atkins, “Human Intent Prediction Using Markov Decision Processes,” Journal of Aerospace Information Systems, AIAA, Vol. 12, No. 5 (2015), pp. 393-397 (online).

C. McGhan and E. Atkins, “Human Productivity in a Workspace Shared  with a Safe Robotic Manipulator,” Journal of Aerospace Information Systems, AIAA, Vol. 11, No. 1 (2014), pp. 1-18 (online).


Conference Papers

C. McGhan and R. Murray, “Application of Correct-by-Construction Principles for a Resilient Risk-Aware Architecture,” AIAA Space 2015 Conference, AIAA, Pasadena, CA, Aug. 31-Sept. 2 2015. (AIAA-2015-4527)

C. McGhan, R. Murray, R. Serra, M. Ingham, M. Ono, T. Estlin, B. Williams, “A Risk-Aware Architecture for Resilient Spacecraft Operations,” Proc. IEEE Aerospace Conference 2015, Big Sky, Montana, March 7-14 2015, pp. 1-15.

C. McGhan and E. Atkins, “Towards Guaranteeing Safe and Efficient Human-Robot Collaboration Using Human Intent Prediction,” AIAA Space 2012 Conference, AIAA, Pasadena, CA, Sept. 11-13 2012.

C. McGhan, A. Nasir, and E. Atkins, “Human Intent Prediction Using Markov Decision Processes,” Infotech@Aerospace 2012 Conference, AIAA, Garden Grove, CA, June 19-21 2012.

C. McGhan and E. Atkins, “A Low-Cost Manipulator for Space Research and Undergraduate Engineering Education,” Infotech@Aerospace Conference, AIAA, Atlanta, GA, April 2010.

C. McGhan and E. Atkins, “Physically-Proximal Human-Robot Collaboration:  Enhancing Safety and Efficiency through Intent Prediction,” Infotech@Aerospace Conference, AIAA, Seattle, WA, Apr. 6-9, 2009. (AIAA-2009-1950)

C. McGhan and E. Atkins, "A Virtual Rover Interface for Collaborative Human-Robot Exploration Teams," Proc. Infotech@Aerospace Conference, AIAA, Rohnert Park, CA, May 2007.

C. McGhan, R. Besser, R. Sanner, and E. Atkins, “Semi-Autonomous Inspection with a Neutral Buoyancy Free-Flyer,” Proc. AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference and Exhibit, Keystone, Colorado, August 2006. (AIAA-2006-6800)

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