Robotics Institute
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA, 15213
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I am currently a Robotics Master's student at Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University where I am advised by Professor Katia Sycara. I am mainly working on two areas:

  1. Coordination, control and state estimation of large multi-robot systems
  2. Modeling human actions in Cyber-Physical Systems with machine learning techniques

I graduated from Zhejiang University, China with a Bechelor's degree in Automation with Honors in 2015. I also visited University of Alberta as a research intern in Summer 2014, where I worked closely with Professor Martin Jagersand.

Carnegie Mellon University Zhejiang University University of Alberta
2015 - Present 2011 - 2015 Summer 2014

Research Interest

I am broadly interested in robotics, networked systems, control and machine learning.

My research on multi-robot systems focuses on scalability, robustness and safety of multi-robot systems. In particular, I am working on integration of mathematics, optimization techniques and control theory to formulate and solve novel problems with stable and fully distributed algorithms.

I am also working on modelling human actions in cyber-physical system with high fidelity, and exploring probabilistic representation of neural network models in order to capture uncertainty existing in human interaction with cyber-physical systems.

My research projects are detailed here.


  1. A. Li, W. Luo, S. Nagavalli and K. Sycara, "Decentralized Coordinated Motion for a Large Team of Robots Preserving Connectivity and Avoiding Collisions" IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation 2017 (ICRA2017) (Submitted)
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  2. A. Li, M. Lewis, C. Lebiere, K. Sycara, S. Khatib, Y. Tang, M. Siedsma and D. Morrison, "A Computational Model Based on Human Performance for Fluid Management in Critical Care" In Proceedings of the IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence 2016 (SSCI16), December, 2016
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  3. A. Li, W. Luo, S. Nagavalli, N. Chakraborty and K. Sycara, "Handling State Uncertainty in Distributed Information Leader Selection for Robotic Swarms" In Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on System, Man, and Cybernetics 2016 (SMC16), October, 2016
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