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Robotic Systems Estimation, Decision, and Control Group

Adrian Stoica, PhD
Group Supervisor, Senior Research Scientist
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Biography (more>>)
Adrian has thirty years of R&D experience in autonomous systems, developing novel adaptive, learning and evolvable hardware techniques and embedding them into electronics and intelligent information systems, for applications ranging from measurement equipment to space avionics to robotics. He has done pioneering work in humanoid robot learning by imitation, hardware security including anti-tamper, brain-computer interfaces including multi-brain fusion for joint decision making, shadow biometrics, shape-changing robots, human-oriented robotics. He is a member of the board of Governors of IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society (since 2015). He founded 3 conferences: NASA/ESA Conference on Adaptive Hardware and Systems (AHS, since 1999), Emerging Security Technologies (since 2006) and the AT-EQUAL series (Advanced Technologies for Enhanced Quality of Life) which included the HUMASCEND conference (Human-Machine Systems, Cyborgs and Enhancing Devices 2011-2014). NIAC Fellow: 2013,2015

Education (more>>)
- PhD, Electrical Engineering, Victoria University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia, 1996, (Thesis in robot learning: "Motion learning by robot apprentices- a fuzzy neural approach")
- MS, Electrical Engineering, Technical University of Iasi, Romania, 1986

Professional Experience (more>>)
- R&D since 1986, at JPL since 1996. Lead a variety of research projects for NASA, DARPA, USAF, DTAO, BMDO, etc., developing new technology solutions in areas ranging from evolvable hardware for survivable systems to humanoid robots for planetary surface operations.
- Principal (2002), Senior Research Scientist (2007), Group Supervisor (2008).
- NIAC Fellow (2013), (2015)

Research Interests (more>>)
Autonomous systems, robot learning, humanoids, human-robot interaction, robot control using biological signals (EEG, EMG), social robotics, cognitive robotics, adaptive and evolvable hardware, secure and high-performance electronics, biometrics, foresight.

Selected Publications (more>>)

A. Stoica, "Humanoids for Lunar and Planetary Space Operations," Intelligence for Space Robotics (Eds: A Howard and E W Tunstel), 2006.

A. Stoica, "Robot Fostering Techniques for Sensory-Motor Development of Humanoid Robots," Journal of Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Special Issue on Humanoid Robots, 37(2-3). Elsevier Press, 2001.

A Stoica, T Theodoridis, H Hu, K McDonald-Maier, DF Barrero, "Towards human-friendly efficient control of multi-robot teams," Collaboration Technologies and Systems (CTS), 2013 International Conference, 2013.

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