Welcome to the Vehicle Dynamics and Optimization Laboratory at the University of Florida
Lab Director Anil V. Rao, Ph.D.
The Vehicle Dynamics and Optimization Laboratory at the University of Florida specializes in the following research areas:
Novel computational methods for the solution of complex constrained optimal control problems
Supporting computational methods including nonlinear optimization techniques and automatic differentiation
Applications in aerospace engineering including space flight mechanics, orbital mechanics, and atmospheric flight mechanics
Applications in mechanical engineering including robotics, ground vehicles, and optimization of human motion (biomechanics)
Development of state-of-the-art software for solving optimal control problems
Mission Statement: The vision of the Vehicle Dynamics and Optimization Laboratory is to be the world leader in the innovation of advanced computational methods for solving complex constrained optimal control problems. A secondary vision is to be the world leader in the application of these methodologies to problems of current interest in aerospace engineering including problems in space flight dynamics, orbital dynamics, and atmospheric flight mechanics. Our research to date has focused on the development of novel methods that employ collocation at Gaussian quadrature points and has been applied to a variety of modern aerospace engineering problems. Our methods have led to our latest state-of-the-art optimal control software, GPOPS-II, that implements variable-order Gaussian quadrature collocation methods together with sparse nonlinear programming. We are continually seeking talented students to join our group. Please continue to explore the other pages on this website if you have interest in these research areas.