Paley, Derek

Derek Paley
Director, Maryland Robotics Center
Willis H. Young Jr. Professor of Aerospace Engineering Education
Director, Collective Dynamics and Control Laboratory
Institute for Systems Research
Department of Aerospace Engineering
3156 Iribe, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742
Research Interests 
Research in nonlinear dynamics and controls, cooperative control of autonomous vehicles, autonomous underwater vehicles, and modeling of animal aggregrations
Synthetic Collective Unmanned Underwater Laboratory (SCUUL)
Background Info 

Derek A. Paley is the Willis H. Young Jr. Professor of Aerospace Engineering Education in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and the Institute for Systems Research at the University of Maryland and the Director of the Collective Dynamics and Control Laboratory. He received the B.S. degree in Applied Physics from Yale University in 1997 and the Ph.D. degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University in 2007. His research interests are in the area of nonlinear dynamics and control, including cooperative control of autonomous vehicles, adaptive sampling with mobile networks, and spatial modeling of biological collectives.

B.S., Yale University, 1997 (Applied Physics)
Ph.D., Princeton University, 2007 (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering)

Related News 

Derek Paley named Maryland Robotics Center director
Paley's term will begin July 1, 2019.June 25, 2019

Clark School student teams sweep MAV competition
FIRE freshmen, AE undergrads and MEng Robotics students take first place in both categories at VFS Micro Air Vehicle Student Challenge.May 20, 2019

Maryland Robotics Center Demonstrates Robots at Maryland Day 2019
Maryland Robotics Center Demos on Maryland Day 2019April 29, 2019

Maryland Robotics Center launches a new postdoctoral fellowship program
The program will foster multidisciplinary collaborations among Maryland Robotics Center faculty.September 14, 2018

Bioinspired robotics REU students present final projects
The REU was led by Hugh Bruck and Sarah Bergbreiter, along with Clark School faculty and graduate student mentors.August 15, 2018

Inspired by Nature: Autonomous Underwater Robotics
Clark School Prof. Derek Paley wants autonomous underwater vehicles to have the same capabilities as fish.June 21, 2018

Derek Paley interviewed for WYPR's 'On the Record'
Paley talks about how understanding the fluid movements of fish can help improve underwater vehicles.March 6, 2018

MRC faculty hosting REU summer program in bioinspired robotics
Ten undergraduate students from throughout the US are conducting research under the guidance of MRC faculty.July 21, 2017

Paley, Abshire, Martins promoted to full Professor by UMD President Wallace Loh
The faculty members' new rank will become effective on July 1.April 6, 2017

Synchronized swimming: How startled fish shoals effectively evade danger
Understanding response dynamics of startled fish reveals how orientation within the group effects escape chances, may offer insights into emergency response planning.December 1, 2016

Paley presents at NAE 2016 Frontiers of Engineering Symposium
Three Clark School faculty attend NAE 2016 Frontiers of Engineering Symposium.November 7, 2016

Maryland Robotics Center demonstrates robots at Maryland Day 2016
Visitors could interact with a wide variety of robots, and learn how they were made and programmed.April 28, 2016

White Symposium to Examine Collective Animal Behavior and Control of Robotic Networks
November 9, 2015October 29, 2015

Alumnus Xiaobo Tan promoted to full professor at Michigan State
Tan earned a 2002 Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland.July 13, 2015

Derek Paley is AIAA National Capital Section's Engineer of the Year
Award given for Paley's work in collective behavior in robotic and natural systems.May 1, 2015

Maryland Robotics Center presents demonstrations at Maryland Day
Visitors meet bio-inspired, miniature, networked, underwater robots, and more.April 29, 2015

Paley Awarded 2014 E. Robert Kent Teaching Award for Junior Faculty
Paley to receive 2014 E. Robert Kent Teaching Award during Clark School Winter Commencement.December 11, 2014

UMD President Loh hosts robotics demonstrations at University House
Maryland Robotics Center shows a variety of robotic platforms.November 16, 2014

Alum Xiaobo Tan developing robotic fish to 'stalk' real fish in the Great Lakes
The MSU professor's fish will track the movements of lake trout, walleye and lake sturgeon.September 29, 2014

Students present final projects for 2014 NSF Microrobotics REU
Research ranged from robotic skin to leg designs, inertial tail actuators, and more.August 10, 2014

Robotic fish research profiled in Baltimore Sun
Derek Paley, Sean Humbert and alumnus Xiaobo Tan are collaborators on the project.April 7, 2014

Paley Awarded Willis H. Young Jr. Faculty Fellowship
Professor receives three-year fellowship and is named Willis H. Young Jr.  Professor of Aerospace Engineering Education.January 6, 2014

Derek Paley wins PECASE Award
ISR/AE faculty member has research interests in dynamics and control.December 23, 2013

Sarah Bergbreiter wins PECASE Award
ISR/ME faculty member specializes in microrobotics.December 23, 2013

Engineering Dynamics textbook by Paley, Kasdin in use at top schools
The textbook introduces undergraduate students to engineering dynamics with an accessible, comprehensive and innovative approach.November 18, 2013

UAE students, Northrop Grumman engineers tour robotics laboratories
Visitors were in town for the annual AUVSI conference.August 14, 2013

REU in Miniature Robotics holds final project symposium
Nine projects range from wings for MAVs to vision sensors for small robots to small grasping hands.August 14, 2013

Derek Paley is PI for new AFOSR grant
Paley will work on "Optimized Routing of Intelligent, Mobile Sensors for Dynamic, Data-Driven Sampling."March 25, 2013

Miniature Robotics REU students give final presentations
Ten undergrads from around the country give talks on their summer projects.August 10, 2012

Derek Paley leads 'Robots and Roaches' workshop
Event for high school students introduces concepts of neurophysiology and robotics.July 27, 2012

ISR welcomes 10 REU microbotics students for the summer
Students will develop interdisciplinary research projects in 10-week program.June 4, 2012

Maryland Robotics Center featured on live TV broadcast
Robots from five research groups help promote Maryland Day activities.April 30, 2012

Derek Paley featured in new NSF research video
Video explains how unmanned aircraft could help determine hurricane strength.October 14, 2011

Synchronized Swimming for Submarines
Paley studies schooling fish to improve motion coordination in unmanned vehicle teams.May 4, 2010

Paley Wins NSF CAREER Award
Research will develop bio-inspired motion algorithms for autonomous vehicles.March 26, 2010

Derek Paley wins NSF CAREER Award
Paley will study information transmission in biological groups.March 15, 2010