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

Primary Research Area

  • Dynamics & Controls

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

Research Areas

  • Dynamics & Controls
  • Health and Bio
  • Manufacturing
  • Security and Defense

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., C. Cuan, C. Maguire, K. Bradley, K. Brooks Mata, A. Nilles, I. Vidrin, N. Chakraborty, M. Heimerdinger, U. Huzaifa, R. McNish, I. Pakrasi, and A. Zurawski, "Choreographic and Somatic Approaches for the Development of Expressive Robotic Systems," Arts MDPI (Special Issue on Machine as Artist for the 21st Century). 2018.
  • Marino, T., C. Widdowson, A. Oetting, A. Lakshmanan, H. Cui, N. Hovakimyan, R. Wang, A. Kirlik, A. LaViers, D. Stipanovic. "CAREBOTS: PROLONGED ELDERLY INDEPENDENCE USING SMALL MOBILE ROBOTS." Mechanical Engineering. 138:9 S8. 2016.
  • 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

  • C. Cuan, I. Pakrasi, E. Berl, and A. LaViers ``CURTAIN and Time to Compile: A Demonstration of an Experimental Testbed for Human-Robot Interaction.'' 27th IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN). Nanjing, China, 2018.
  • C. Cuan, I. Pakrasi, and A. LaViers, "Time to Compile." 5th International Conference on Movement and Computing (MOCO). 2018. (Practice Work; Extended Abstract)
  • A. Nilles, C. Gladish, M. Beckman, and A. LaViers, "Improv: Live Coding for Robot Motion Design." 5th International Conference on Movement and Computing (MOCO). 2018. (Extended Abstract)
  • A. Bacula and A. LaViers, "Character Recognition on a Humanoid Robotic Platform via a Laban Movement Analysis." 5th International Conference on Movement and Computing (MOCO). 2018.
  • I. Pakrasi and A. LaViers, "A Design Methodology for Abstracting Character Archetypes onto Robotic Systems." 5th International Conference on Movement and Computing (MOCO). 2018.
  • R. Kaushik, I. Vidrin, and A. LaViers, "Quantifying Coordination in Human Dyads via a Measure of Verticality." 5th International Conference on Movement and Computing (MOCO). 2018.
  • Cuan, C., I. Pakrasi., and A. LaViers, "Time to Compile: An Interactive Art Installation", Intersections: 16th Biennial Symposium. The Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology. 2018.
  • U. Huzaifa and A. LaViers. ``Producing Multiple Movement Executions Leveraging Embodied Movement Strategies and Platform Symmetry.'' IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics (ROBIO).} Macao, China. 2017
  • Heimerdinger, M., A. LaViers, "Influence of Environmental Context on Recognition Rates of Stylized Walking Sequences", International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR), 272-282. 2017.
  • Dahl, L., J. Bellona, L. Bai, A. LaViers, "Data-driven design of sound for enhancing the perception of expressive robotic movement", Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Movement Computing (MOCO). 2017.
  • Bellona, J., L. Bai, L. Dahl, A. LaViers, "Empirically Informed Sound Synthesis Application for Enhancing the Perception of Expressive Robotic Movement", The 23rd International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD￿2017), 2017.
  • 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, A. LaViers, and U. Huzaifa, "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

  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent, Outstanding Distinction, Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (May 2017)
  • 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) Director's Fellowship (October 2017)
  • 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)