Faculty Profile

Melkior Ornik

Aerospace Engineering
Melkior Ornik
Melkior Ornik
Assistant Professor
319H Talbot Laboratory MC 236
104 S. Wright
Urbana Illinois 61801

Primary Research Area

  • Controls, Dynamical Systems and Estimation

Education

  • Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Toronto, 2017
  • M.S., Mathematics and Statistics, Queen's University, 2013
  • B.S., Mathematics, University of Zagreb, 2011

Academic Positions

  • Research Associate, University of Texas at Austin, 2018
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Texas at Austin, 2017 - 2018

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Research Interests

  • Autonomous systems
  • Control of systems operating in complex, uncertain, or changing environments
  • Safety-critical control
  • Learning methods in control

Research Areas

Selected Articles in Journals

  • M. Ornik, M. E. Broucke. "Chattering in the reach control problem". Automatica, 89, pp. 201-211, 2018.
  • M. E. Broucke, M. Ornik, A. Mansouri. "A topological obstruction in a control problem". Systems & Control Letters, 108, pp. 71￿79, 2017.
  • M. Ornik, M. E. Broucke. "Characterization of a topological obstruction to reach control by continuous state feedback". Mathematics of Control, Signals, and Systems, 29(2), 2017.
  • M. Moarref, M. Ornik, M. E. Broucke. "An obstruction to solvability of the reach control problem using affine feedback". Automatica, 71, pp. 229￿236, 2016.

Articles in Conference Proceedings

  • M. Ornik, J. Fu, N. T. Lauffer, W. K. Perera, M. Alshiekh, M. Ono, U. Topcu. "Expedited learning in MDPs with side information". Accepted to 57th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, 2018.
  • M. Ornik, M. S. Moura, A. Peplowski, M. Broucke. "Adaptive cruise control design using reach control". 21st IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems, 2018.
  • Y. Savas, M. Ornik, M. Cubuktepe, U. Topcu. "Entropy maximization for constrained Markov decision processes". 56th Annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing, 2018.
  • M. Ornik, U. Topcu. "Deception in optimal control". 56th Annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing, 2018.
  • M. Bucic, M. Ornik, U. Topcu. "Graph-based controller synthesis for safety-constrained, resilient systems". 56th Annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing, 2018.
  • D. Ge, M. Ornik, U. Topcu. "Robust myopic control for systems with imperfect observations". AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, 2018.
  • P. Mercader, M. Ornik, P.-O. Gutman, I. Ioslovich. "Optimal signal timing for multi-phase intersections". 15th IFAC Symposium on Control in Transportation Systems, pp. 476-481, 2018.
  • M. Ornik, M. E. Broucke. "A graph-theoretic approach to the reach control problem". 56th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, pp. 4952-4957, 2017.
  • M. Ornik, M. E. Broucke. "A nerve-theoretic result on the problem of a topological obstruction in reach control". 56th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, pp. 3009-3014, 2017.
  • M. Ornik, M. Moarref, M. E. Broucke. "An automated parallel parking strategy using reach control theory". 20th World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control, pp. 9419￿9424, 2017.
  • M. Ornik, A. C. Sniderman, M. E. Broucke, G. M. T. D￿Eleuterio. "Pattern identification in distributed systems". 55th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, pp. 6895￿6900, 2016.
  • M. Ornik, M. E. Broucke. "Characterizing equilibria in reach control under affine feedback". 10th IFAC Symposium on Nonlinear Control Systems, pp. 1078￿1083, 2016.
  • M. Ornik, M. E. Broucke. "On a topological obstruction in the reach control problem". 2015 AMMCS-CAIMS Congress, pp. 677-687, 2016.
  • M. Ornik, M. E. Broucke. "A topological obstruction to reach control by continuous state feedback". 54th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, pp. 2258￿2263, 2015.

Pending Articles

  • Z. Xu, M. Ornik, A. A. Julius, U. Topcu. "Information-guided temporal logic inference with prior knowledge". Submitted.
  • M. O. Karabag, M. Ornik, U. Topcu. "Least inferable policies for Markov decision processes." Submitted.
  • M. Ornik, S. Carr, A. Israel, U. Topcu. "Myopic control of systems with unknown dynamics". Submitted.
  • Y. Savas, M. Ornik, M. Cubuktepe, U. Topcu. "Entropy maximization for Markov decision processes under temporal logic constraints". Submitted.
  • M. Ornik, A. Israel, U. Topcu. "Control-oriented learning on the fly". Submitted.

Research Honors

  • Rector's Award, University of Zagreb (2012)