Valet Parking: The App

Imagine entering your office address and a price range into a GPS or mobile device just before your morning commute, and getting directions to the appropriately priced parking spot closest to your office, reserved just for you.

That “smart parking” scenario may be just a click away, thanks to the efforts of Christos Cassandras, a College of Engineering professor of electrical and computer engineering and of systems engineering, and graduate student Yanfeng Geng (ENG’13). In early August, the research team completed its first live test of a preliminary version of a smart parking system in the lower level of the garage at 730 Commonwealth Ave.

Valet Parking: The App

August 2011

Christos Cassandras Named President-Elect of the IEEE Control Systems Society

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Professor Christos Cassandras (ECE), head of the Division of Systems Engineering at Boston University, was recently named president-elect of the IEEE Control Systems Society (CSS).

“It is always flattering to be asked by one’s colleagues within a scientific community to take on a leadership position,” said Cassandras. “The challenge is to manage to make a difference.”

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Systems Engineering Team Aims to Boost UAV Autonomy

While unmanned systems currently rely on the automation of low-level functions, such as navigation, stabilization and trajectory, operating these systems is still quite labor-intensive for Air Force pilots given the variable flying conditions experienced by UAVs.

The BU team, led by Dr. David Castañón and Dr. Christos Cassandras, has focused their work on optimizing “mission control,” which describes mid-level control approaches that go beyond simply improving stability and tracking trajectories.

Systems Engineering Team Aims to Boost UAV Autonomy

May 2010

Tough Questions on Electric Energy Management

Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering professors Christos Cassandras and Tom Little spoke about energy innovations coming from their labs. Cassandras works on sensor networks, control systems and algorithms that could become powerful tools in developing smart ways to save energy.

Tough Questions on Electric Energy Management

June 2009

Research Focuses on Getting Wireless Networks to Fix Themselves

Professor Christos Cassandras is the principle investigator on a four-year, $2 million National Science Foundation grant to advance the reconfiguration of autonomous networks. The main test bed for this research will be OpenAir Boston, a private, non-profit organization that will oversee the impending wireless network over the city of Boston.

Research Focuses on Getting Wireless Networks to Fix Themselves

September 2007

NSF grants $2M for EFRI project on Autonomously Reconfigurable Systems

Led by Christos Cassandras (Boston University), along with Azer Bestavros (Boston University), Robert X. Gao (University of Massachusetts-Amherst), Weibo Gong (University of Massachusetts-Amherst), and Ioannis Paschalidis (Boston University) and titled, “Event-Driven Sensing for Enterprise Reconfigurability and Optimization” (grant #0735974).

This project seeks a fundamental understanding of how an enterprise, which itself encompasses a number of processes, can be made not only flexible but also responsive to unexpected events. An enterprise here is defined as any organization created to fill a demand for services—an increasingly common type of enterprise in today’s knowledge-based, service economies. A city is an example of such an enterprise. The team will use as a testbed OpenAir Boston, a project to create a public wireless network ensuring wireless access throughout the city.

NSF grants $2M for EFRI project on Autonomously Reconfigurable Systems

September 2007

Christos Cassandras to lead team in researching “control and optimization” of sensors

Science fiction may soon meet science fact because of research being conducted by Christos Cassandras, a professor of manufacturing engineering and electrical and computer engineering at Boston University College of Engineering and a member of the College’s Center for Information and Systems Engineering (CISE). Cassandras and a team of co-investigators from Boston University and researchers from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst aim to build an understanding of how to control and optimize sensor networks operating in harsh, unpredictable environments.

The team has been awarded a five-year, $2.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to investigate ways to improve how large networks of sensors can both better manage the data they gather and optimize their efficiency. The NSF grant is from its Division of Design, Manufacturing, and Industrial Innovation.

Christos Cassandras to lead team in researching “control and optimization” of sensors

November 2003