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Cooperative Distributed Systems Lab

Numerous future military and civilian applications of intelligent systems will make use of several distributed subsystems working in cooperation and coordination to achieve their objectives. The major advantage of designing of such systems is that the overall system would possess qualities such as performance, adaptability, and robustness to uncertainties and failures that will far exceed the achievable qualities of individual subsystems.

While, the technological framework to develop such cooperative distributed systems has been facilitated by advances in communication, computation, and sensing, these systems have been developed in an ad-hoc manner. A systematic design of these systems has huge potential in terms of enhancement of their performance and efficiency. Realizing a control framework of such complex systems presents considerable challenges in terms of modeling and predicting the behavior of such systems, processing vast amount of information, and obtaining control laws which are scalable.

People in the CDS lab are engaged in developing new decentralized control and information processing algorithms at the intersection of:

  • Control theory
  • Probability theory
  • Estimation theory
  • Statistical mechanics
  • Mathematical biology.


414 Old Chemistry Building, University of Cincinnati
2600 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45220
Phone: (513)556-6297


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Manish Kumar

Professor, CEAS - Mechanical Eng

629 Rhodes Hall


Cooperative Distributed Systems Lab
Dr. Manish Kumar directs Cooperative Distributed Systems (CDS) Laboratory, Collaboratory for Medical Innovation and Implementation, and co-directs UAV MASTER Lab. His research interests include Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, robotics, decision-making and control in complex systems, multi-sensor data fusion, swarm systems, and multiple robot coordination and control. His research has been supported by funding obtained from National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, Ohio Department of Transportation, Ohio Department of Higher Education, and several industry. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He has served as the Chair of the Robotics Technical Committee of the ASME’s Dynamic Systems and Control Division, and as an Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurements and Control.


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Mohammad Sarim

Autonomous Driving Algorithm Engineer - Aptiv

Ph.D. Candidate, Mechanical Engineering, University of Cincinnati, 2018 M. Tech. Mechanical Engineering, Aligarh Muslim University, India, 2012 B. Tech. Mechanical Engineering, Aligarh Muslim University, India, 2010

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Alireza Nemati

Software Systems Engineer at Bosch - Automated Driving

Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, University of Cincinnati, 2016

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Alekhya Akkapeddi

Software Development and Controls Engineer at iMFLUX

M.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Cincinnati, 2018