Dr. Madhavan Shanmugavel


PhD, Path planning of multiple autonomous vehicles2004 –2007
Cranfield Defence and Security, Cranfield University, Defence Academy of the UK, United Kingdom

M.S (Research), Control Strategies for active suspension1998 –2000
Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, Chennai-600 036, India

BE, Mechanical Engineering1992 –1996
Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai, Tamilnadu, India


Contact Details

Email: madhavan.shanmugavel@monash.edu
Tel: +60 3 55146250
Fax: +60 3 55146207
Room: 5-5-23

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  • Research fellow - Cooperative guidance & control, Cranfield Defence and Security, Cranfield University, Defence Academy of the UK, United Kingdom, 2007 - 2010 Senior Engineer - Testing & Development, Engineering Research Centre, TATA Motors, Pune, India, 2000 –2004 Project officer– Active Suspension,Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India, 1997 –1998
  • IEEE Robotics and Automation Systems IFAC Technical Committee on Aerospace Control IMechE Professional Collaboration: Centre for Autonomous Systems, Cranfield Defence and Security, Cranfield University, Defence Academy of the UK, United Kingdom, http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/cds/autonomous/index.html Intelligent Robot and Systems (ISR) Group, ISR – Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal, http://welcome.isr.ist.utl.pt/home/
  • Dr Madhavan is currently working on cooperative Control of Unmanned Autonomous Systems (UAS). Here is a brief overview of his research interests: 1.Trajectory design, and control for UAS Design of feasible (maneuverable and safe) trajectories for UAS is a challenging task. Also, the shortest trajectory is desirable as it is fuel & energy efficient, and task completion in short time. Such trajectories are required to be implemented with minimum memory and fast computation. 2. Hardware in the Loop (HIL) platform for UAS Designing controller and testing the UAS for fault tolerant and control is a challenging task. The project timeline will be shortened by developing HIL by developing HIL platform. The objective of this project is to focus on system modelling and system identification for systems which will be refined and further used to design controller and to reduce the time to market. Also, it will be used as a educational platform for the students. 3. Cooperative trajectory planning in urban region Applications of UAS are widespread. However, deploying and control of UAVs in an urban region is more challenging as they have to fly in human habitat. The mixture of static and dynamic nature of the environment, and uncertainties pose significant challenges to the UAV. This project is focused on the design of a flexible architecture for multiple UAVs operating in urban region. 4. Robot on wires: Design and development of light-weight, and cost-effective robot for power-line monitoring systems assisted by an UAV 5. Energy harvesting with smart devices

Member: IFAC Technical Committee on Aerospace Control
Member: IEEE Robotics and Automation 
Students Councilor: IEEE Monash University, Sunway campus
Treasurer: IEEE Robotics and Automation Systems Society
Member IMechE

  • Seungkeun Kim, Peter Silson, Antonios Tsourdos, Madhavan Shanmugavel, and Rafal Zbikowski, "Dubins path planning of multiple UAVs for communication delay", Proc. IMechE, Part G, J. Aerospace engineering, 2011
  • Antonios Tsourdos, Brian White, and Madhavan Shanmugavel, "Path Planning Strategies for Cooperative Autonomous Air Vehicles", ISBN: 978-0-470-74129-0, John Wiley & Sons, 2010
  • Madhavan Shanmugavel, Antonios Tsourdos, and Brian A White, "Collision avoidance and path planning of multiple UAVs using flyable paths in 3D", 15th Intl. Conf. Methods and models in automation and robotics, 2010
  • Ed. Richard Blockley, and Weil Shyy, "Obstacle Avoidance", Encyclopaedia of Aerospace Engineering, ISBN: 978-0-470-75440-5, John Wiley & Sons, 2010, 2010
  • Madhavan Shanmugavel, A.Tsourdos, R.Zbikowski, B.A.White, "Co-operative path planning of multiple UAVs using Dubins paths with clothoid arcs", Control Engineering Practice, 2009

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