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Areas of Research and Related Facilities

Advanced Control Theory and Applications
Large-scale systems; hierarchical nonlinear switching control; hybrid and impulsive control for nonlinear systems; thermodynamic modeling and control of mechanical and aerospace systems

Dynamic Systems
Nonlinear dynamical system theory; magnetic bearings; rotor dynamics; gear dynamics; unmanned systems; robot dynamics; smart valves; design optimization; nonlinear frequency response analysis; biomedical systems; social systems; battery and fuel cell systems

Heterogeneous Autonomous Vehicles Laboratory (HAVLab)
Automatic control, image processing, and data fusion techniques for the development of heterogeneous autonomous vehicles.

Unmanned Surface and Underwater Vehicles
Coordinated multi-agent control; computationally efficient and integrated obstacle avoidance, trajectory planning, and trajectory tracking subject to underactuated system constraints; ship to ship control; high sea state simulation



Garrett Clayton, Ph.D.


  • To conduct fundamental and applied research in the areas of nonlinear dynamics and control.
  • To apply advanced theoretical and experimental techniques to solve real world problems.
  • To promote and foster strong interdisciplinary research at Villanova capitalizing on our collegial atmosphere.
  • To aid in the educational process of our undergraduate and graduate students by encouraging and funding their involvement in the research projects.
  • To develop and transfer technology to the industry consistent with the industry's needs and vision ultimately enhancing their competitiveness.