Faculty Profile

Amy LaViers

Mechanical Science and Engineering
Amy LaViers
Amy LaViers
Assistant Professor
2113 Mechanical Engineering Lab
105 S. Mathews
Urbana Illinois 61801
(217) 300-1486

Education

  • C.M.A Laban Movement Studies, Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, 2016
  • Ph.D. Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2013
  • M.S. Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2010
  • Certificate, Dance, Princeton University, 2009
  • B.S.E. Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University, 2009

Academic Positions

  • Assistant Professor, Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2015-present
  • Assistant Professor, Systems and Information Engineering, University of Virginia, 2013-2015

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Research Interests

  • Embodied movement studies
  • Movement notation
  • Supervisory control
  • Formal methods
  • Optimal control
  • Human motion analysis
  • High-level control of robotic systems

Books Edited or Co-Edited (Original Editions)

  • A. LaViers and M. Egerstedt (Eds.). Controls and Art: Inquires that Intersect the Subjective and the Objective, Springer. 2014.

Chapters in Books

  • LaViers, A., Programmed Improvisation Inspired From Autonomous Humanoids. Handbook on Improvisation in Dance. Vida Midgelow (Ed.) Oxford University Press. (Accepted)
  • LaViers, A., Y. Sheng, J. Heddy, A. Bashiri, and L. Bai. Abstractions for Design-by-Humans of Heterogeneous Autonomous Behaviors. Dance Notations and Robot Motion Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics (STAR). 2016.
  • LaViers, A., L. Teague, and M. Egerstedt. Style-based Robotic Motion in Contemporary Dance Performance. Controls and Art: Inquires that Intersect the Subjective and the Objective. A. LaViers and M. Egerstedt (Eds.) Springer. 2014.

Selected Articles in Journals

  • LaViers, A., Y. Chen, C. Belta, and M. Egerstedt, "Automatic Sequencing of Ballet Poses: A Formal Approach to Phrase Generation IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine," pp. 87-95 Sept. 2011.

Articles in Conference Proceedings

  • Huzaifa, U. and A. LaViers, "Control design for planar model of a core-located actuation walker," 6th IEEE International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (BioRob). 2016.
  • Huzaifa, U., C. Bernier, Z. Calhoun, G. Heddy, C. Kohout, B. Libowitz, A. Moenning, J. Ye, C. Maguire, A. LaViers, "Embodied movement strategies for development of a core-located actuation walker," 6th IEEE International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (BioRob). 2016. (Best Poster Finalist)
  • Heddy, G., U. Huzaifa, P. Beling, Y. Haimes, J. Marvel, B. Weiss, and A. LaViers, "Linear Temporal Logic (LTL) Based Monitoring of Smart Manufacturing Systems," Annual Conference of the Prognostics and Health Management (PHM) Society. 2015.
  • Choo, B.Y., P.A. Beling, A.E. LaViers, J.A. Marvel, and B.A. Weiss, "Adaptive Multi-scale PHM for Robotic Assembly Processes," Annual Conference of the Prognostics and Health Management (PHM) Society. 2015.
  • Malinowski, M.L., P.A. Beling, Y.Y. Haimes, A. LaViers, J.A. Marvel, and B.A. Weiss, "System Interdependency Modeling in the Design of Prognostic and Health Management Systems in Smart Manufacturing," Annual Conference of the Prognostics and Health Management (PHM) Society. 2015.
  • Huber, S., J. McAuliff, K. Monson, T. O'Brien, J. Valdez, and A. LaViers, "Exploration of Robotic System Design in Improving the Patient Experience in Physical Therapy Sessions At the UVA Children￿s Hospital," Systems and Information Engineering Design Symposium (SIEDS), May 2015.
  • Bobadilla, L., T. T. Johnson, and A. LaViers, "Verified Planar Formation Control Algorithms by Composition of Primitives," AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) Conference, AIAA Science and Technology Forum (SciTech). 2015.
  • Sheng, Y. and A. LaViers, "Style-based Segmentation of Human Motion," IEEE International Conference on Systems Man and Cybernetics, San Diego, CA. Oct. 2014.
  • Green, K., A. Panchang, H. Meng, E. D'Agostini, R. Bates, R. Bailey, and A. LaViers, "Fluid handling and environmental management for automated 3-D cell culturing," Systems and Information Engineering Design Symposium (SIEDS), May 2014.
  • LaViers, A. and M. Egerstedt, "Style-based Abstractions for Human Motion Classification," ACM/IEEE Fifth International Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems. Berlin, GER, Apr. 2014.
  • LaViers, A. and M. Egerstedt, "Style-based Robotic Motion," American Control Conference. Montreal, CAN. 2012.
  • LaViers, A. and M. Egerstedt, "The Ballet Automaton: A Formal Model for Human Motion," American Control Conference, San Francisco, CA, Jun. 2011.
  • LaViers, A., Y. Chen, C. Belta, and M. Egerstedt, "A Formal Approach to the Automatic Generation of Balletic Motions," ACM/IEEE Second International Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems, Chicago, IL, Apr. 2011.
  • LaViers, A., A. Rahmani, and M. Egerstedt. "Dynamic Spectral Clustering," Mathematical Theory of Networks and Systems, Budapest, Hungary, July 2010.

Magazine Articles

  • LaViers, A., "TA-ing for Trolls: A Surprising Contrast Between MOOCs and Traditional, Brick and Mortar Classrooms," Educational Corner. ASME Dynamic Systems & Control Division (DSCD) Newsletter. Fall 2013.

Teaching Honors

  • CETL/BP Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award Finalist, Georgia Institute of Technology (May 2013)
  • ECE Graduate Teaching Excellence Award, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (May 2013)

Research Honors

  • Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award (YFA) (October 2015)
  • Calvin Dodd MacCracken Senior Thesis Prize, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Princeton University (June 2009)
  • Lyman Page Dance Award, Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University (June 2009)
  • Morgan Mckenzie Senior Thesis Prize, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University (June 2009)