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Otte, Michael

Otte, Michael

Assistant Professor
Aerospace Engineering
Maryland Robotics Center
3242 Kim Engineering

I an Assistant Professor In the Department of Aerospace Engineering

My website http://www.ottelab.com contains more information regarding my research, publications, student recruiting policies, etc.


  • B.S. '05 in Aeronautical engineering and Computer Science from Clarkson University
  • M.S. '07 Computer Science, Univeristy of Colorado at Boulder
  • Ph.D. '11 Comp. Sci., Univeristy of Colorado at Boulder
  • Postdoc '14 Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS), Massachusetts Institute of Technology

My major research thrusts involve motion planning for single and multi-agent systems, and distributed algorithms that enable robotic teams and/or swarms to pool resources in order to solve their common problems. I am particularly interested in applications where the environment is hazardous and/or changing and communication is unreliable. My work involves elements of planning, control, robotics, multi-agent systems, distributed systems, graph theory, computational geometry, machine learning, artificial intelligence, emergent behavior, and stochastic processes.

Motion Planning for Autonomous Systems. ENAE788V. Spring Terms.

Aircraft Flight Dynamics. ENAE403. Fall Terms.

A detailed and up to date list of publications appears on my website: http://www.ottelab.com

Survivability as Sensor

New research could improve UAV use for search and rescues in hazardous conditions with no communication network.

MRC Researchers to Present 16 Papers at ICRA 2020

International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2020 will be held online from May 31st to August 31st. MRC researchers will be presenting 16 papers at this conference.  

Clark School researchers test decentralized task allocation algorithms for UAV teams

Paper published in IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters evaluates UAV team communication performance in imperfect communication conditions.

It takes a swarm: These robots talk to each other, make decisions as a group

"Power in numbers" is how Michael Otte, an engineer at the University of Maryland, approaches robot decision making.

Maryland researchers awarded DARPA cooperative agreement to develop robotic swarm strategies

Maryland's is among the first “core swarm sprints” projects awarded in DARPA’s OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) program.

New MRC members

MRC Welcomes Four New Faculty Members: Dr. Bill Regli, Dr. Dinesh Manocha ,Dr. Yasser Shoukry, and Dr. Ryan Sochol.