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Otte, Michael

Otte, Michael

Assistant Professor
Aerospace Engineering

I am currently a Visiting Assistant Professor while I finish up my National Research Counsel Postdoctoral Fellowship at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. I will transition to Assistant Professor in January of 2018.



  • 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.

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.