2011 - 2013 : Postdoctoral Associate, Distributed Robotics Lab, CSAIL, MIT

2011: Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, GRASP Lab, University of Pennsylvania

2008: M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania

2005 : B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Drexel University

Recent News

  • June 2, 2017: Our Crazyswarm ICRA Paper was mentioned in IEEE Spectrum's Video Friday!

  • April 13, 2017: The ACT Lab participated in USC Viterbi's Robotics Open House--our demos were a big hit! USC Viterbi News Article

  • April 3, 2017: A new podcast interview of N. Ayanian published by the Institute For The Future (Episode 1)

  • March 31, 2017: Our Crazyswarm work was covered by USA Today

  • February 22, 2017: The Crazyswarm was covered by Tech Insider UK and has 8.7 million views!

  • February 22, 2017: Our Crazyswarm work was covered by Business Insider

  • February 21, 2017: Our Crazyswarm work is covered by Reuters

  • July 1, 2016: Two of our submissions were accepted to IROS 2016!

  • April 4, 2016: Our paper "Improved Bounded-Suboptimal Multi-Agent Path Finding Solvers" was accepted to IJCAI 2016

  • March 3, 2016: Our paper "Multi-Agent Path Finding with Kinematic Constraints" wins Best Paper in Robotics Track at ICAPS 2016!

  • February 11, 2016: N. Ayanian guest speaker at the Sonoma State University CS Colloquium

  • January 26, 2016: Our paper "Multi-Agent Path Finding with Kinematic Contraints" was accepted to ICAPS 2016

  • January 25, 2016: Our paper "Local Search on Trees and a Framework for Automated Construction Using Multiple Identical Robots" is accepted as an Extended Abstract at AAMAS 2016

  • January 4, 2016: Our late breaking report "Crowdsourced Coordination Through Online Games" was accepted to HRI.

  • December 31, 2015: N. Ayanian awarded the NSF CAREER IIS-1553726, for "Crowdsourcing for Multirobot Coordination"





  • Multirobot Coordination

    Dynamic Task Assignment
    When the environment changes, how can the team of robots adapt?

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    Automatic Control Synthesis
    For untrained people, controllers must be synthesized automatically.

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    Performance Guarantees
    Robots should always complete the task if it's possible, and always safely.

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