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Otte, Michael

Otte, Michael

Assistant Professor
Aerospace Engineering
Maryland Robotics Center
3242 Kim Engineering

I an Assistant Professor In the Department of Aerospace Engineering

My website http://www.ottelab.com contains more information regarding my research, publications, student recruiting policies, etc.


  • B.S. '05 in Aeronautical engineering and Computer Science from Clarkson University
  • M.S. '07 Computer Science, Univeristy of Colorado at Boulder
  • Ph.D. '11 Comp. Sci., Univeristy of Colorado at Boulder
  • Postdoc '14 Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS), Massachusetts Institute of Technology

My major research thrusts involve motion planning for single and multi-agent systems, and distributed algorithms that enable robotic teams and/or swarms to pool resources in order to solve their common problems. I am particularly interested in applications where the environment is hazardous and/or changing and communication is unreliable. My work involves elements of planning, control, robotics, multi-agent systems, distributed systems, graph theory, computational geometry, machine learning, artificial intelligence, emergent behavior, and stochastic processes.

Motion Planning for Autonomous Systems. ENAE788V. Spring Terms.

Aircraft Flight Dynamics. ENAE403. Fall Terms.

A detailed and up to date list of publications appears on my website: http://www.ottelab.com

Survivability as Sensor

New research could improve UAV use for search and rescues in hazardous conditions with no communication network.

Congratulations to the 2020 Aerospace Engineering Honors Class

Students complete final presentations to earn “Honors Citation.”

Clark School team wins AFRL funding for swarm autonomy planning and metareasoning

The researchers will develop and evaluate hybrid centralized and decentralized multi-agent task allocation methods.

It takes a swarm: These robots talk to each other, make decisions as a group

"Power in numbers" is how Michael Otte, an engineer at the University of Maryland, approaches robot decision making.

Maryland researchers awarded DARPA cooperative agreement to develop robotic swarm strategies

Maryland's is among the first “core swarm sprints” projects awarded in DARPA’s OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) program.

UMD Researchers Receive Funding to Further Study ‘Fire Whirls’

Drs. Michael Gollner and Elaine Oran will lead the effort.

UMD Students Take Top Spot in Battle of the Rockets Video Payload Event

Aerospace engineering students place first in Battle of the Rocket Video Payload Event.

UMD has Largest University Showing at 2016 ARPA-E Summit

UMD researchers showcase transformative energy research at ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit

Hoyer Honors UM Solar Decathlon Team

Praise for team entered into the Congressional Record.