Laboratory for Autonomy in Data-Driven and Complex Systems

LADDCS is a part of the Aerospace Research Center (ARC) in the department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) at The Ohio State University. The lab is a leading center for theoretical, computational and experimental research in multi-agent autonomous systems, stochastic dynamic systems, randomized algorithms in modeling, uncertainty quantification, optimization and control. LADDCS focuses on applications in the areas of collaborative robots, space situational awareness and sustainable energy (e.g. battery prognostics, wind forecasting).

LADDCS has 710 sq-ft of floor space, of which 500 sqft. is dedicated to robotics use. It is currently equipped with six Turtlebots, six Intel Aero Ready-to-Fly (IA-RTF) Drones, stereo vision cameras, POE cameras and inertial navigation units. In addition, the Lab has two dedicated Titan A-450 workstations with 64 cores each

Research Areas


  • Uncertainty quantification in complex stochastic systems, optimal nonlinear state estimation, Fokker-Planck equations.
    • Application areas: system prognostics, space-situational awareness, forecasting for sustainable energy (e.g. wind), multi-target tracking;


  • Chance-constrained optimization and control
    • Application areas: design optimization, mission design, path-planning, resource allocation.


  • Randomization techniques, Markov chain Monte Carlo.
    • Application areas: space-situational awareness, stochastic global optimization (e.g. building optimization), high dimensional Bayesian data fusion.

LADDCS Overview