Avishai Weiss

Avishai Weiss
  • Phone: 617-621-7559
  • Email: weiss[at]merl[dot]com
  • Biography

    Avishai's doctoral research was on spacecraft orbital and attitude control. Prior to the University of Michigan, he studied at Stanford University, where he received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics. Avishai's interests are in constrained control, model predictive control, and time-varying systems.

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  • Internships with Avishai

    • ME1028: Predictive Control of Space Vehicles

      MERL's Mechatronics group is seeking a highly motivated intern for a research position in predictive control of space vehicles. The ideal candidate is working towards a Ph.D. in aerospace, mechanical, or electrical engineering, and has background in both optimization-based control and space vehicle dynamics. The candidate is expected to possess strong abilities in algorithm analysis and Matlab implementation. The duration of the internship is approximately 3 months. Publication of results produced during the internship is expected.

    • ME1033: 3D Printing in Extreme Environments

      MERL's Mechatronics group is seeking a highly motivated intern for a research position on additive manufacturing in extreme environments. The ideal candidate is working towards a Ph.D. in material science, mechanical, or aerospace engineering, and has background in 3D printing and electromagnetics. Experience with CAD and hands-on mechatronics is desired. The expected duration of the internship is approximately 3-6 months. Publication of results produced during the internship is expected.

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  • MERL Publications

    •  Danielson, C., Weiss, A., Berntorp, K., Di Cairano, S., "Path Planning using Positive Invariant Sets", IEEE Annual Conference on Decision and Control (CDC), December 2016.
    •  Walsh, A.; Di Cairano, S.; Weiss, A., "MPC for Coupled Station Keeping, Attitude Control, and Momentum Management of Low-Thrust Geostationary Satellites", American Control Conference (ACC), July 2016.
      BibTeX Download PDFRead TR2016-047
      • @inproceedings{Walsh2016jul,
      • author = {Walsh, A. and {Di Cairano}, S. and Weiss, A.},
      • title = {MPC for Coupled Station Keeping, Attitude Control, and Momentum Management of Low-Thrust Geostationary Satellites},
      • booktitle = {American Control Conference (ACC)},
      • year = 2016,
      • month = jul,
      • url = {http://www.merl.com/publications/TR2016-047}
      • }
    •  Weiss, A.; Di Cairano, S., "Opportunities and Potential of Model Predictive Control for Low-Thrust Spacecraft Station-Keeping and Momentum-Management", European Control Conference (ECC), DOI: 10.1109/ECC.2015.7330729, July 2015, pp. 1370-1375.
      BibTeX Download PDFRead TR2015-083
      • @inproceedings{Weiss2015jul2,
      • author = {Weiss, A. and {Di Cairano}, S.},
      • title = {Opportunities and Potential of Model Predictive Control for Low-Thrust Spacecraft Station-Keeping and Momentum-Management},
      • booktitle = {European Control Conference (ECC)},
      • year = 2015,
      • pages = {1370--1375},
      • month = jul,
      • publisher = {IEEE},
      • doi = {10.1109/ECC.2015.7330729},
      • url = {http://www.merl.com/publications/TR2015-083}
      • }
    •  Weiss, A.; Kalabic, U.; Di Cairano, S., "Model Predictive Control for Simultaneous Station Keeping and Momentum Management of Low-Thrust Spacecraft", American Control Conference (ACC), DOI: 10.1109/ACC.2015.7171076, ISBN: 978-1-4799-8685-9, July 2015, pp. 2305-2310.
      BibTeX Download PDFRead TR2015-062
      • @inproceedings{Weiss2015jul,
      • author = {Weiss, A. and Kalabic, U. and {Di Cairano}, S.},
      • title = {Model Predictive Control for Simultaneous Station Keeping and Momentum Management of Low-Thrust Spacecraft},
      • booktitle = {American Control Conference (ACC)},
      • year = 2015,
      • pages = {2305--2310},
      • month = jul,
      • publisher = {IEEE},
      • doi = {10.1109/ACC.2015.7171076},
      • isbn = {978-1-4799-8685-9},
      • url = {http://www.merl.com/publications/TR2015-062}
      • }
    •  Kalabic, U.; Weiss, A.; Di Cairano, S.; Kolmanovsky, I., "Station-keeping and momentum-management on halo orbits around L2: Linear-quadratic feedback and model predictive control approaches", AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, January 2015.
      BibTeX Download PDFRead TR2015-002
      • @inproceedings{Kalabic2015jan,
      • author = {Kalabic, U. and Weiss, A. and {Di Cairano}, S. and Kolmanovsky, I.},
      • title = {Station-keeping and momentum-management on halo orbits around L2: Linear-quadratic feedback and model predictive control approaches},
      • booktitle = {AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting},
      • year = 2015,
      • month = jan,
      • url = {http://www.merl.com/publications/TR2015-002}
      • }
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  • Other Publications

    •  Weiss, Avishai; Kolmanovsky, Ilya; Bernstein, Dennis S.; Sanyal, Amit, "Inertia-Free Spacecraft Attitude Control Using Reaction Wheels", Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 36, No. 5, pp. 1425-1439, 2013.
      BibTeX
      • @Article{Weiss2013,
      • author = {Weiss, Avishai and Kolmanovsky, Ilya and Bernstein, Dennis S. and Sanyal, Amit},
      • title = {Inertia-Free Spacecraft Attitude Control Using Reaction Wheels},
      • journal = {Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics},
      • year = 2013,
      • volume = 36,
      • number = 5,
      • pages = {1425--1439},
      • publisher = {American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics}
      • }
    •  Weiss, A.; Baldwin, M.; Petersen, C.; Erwin, R. S.; Kolmanovsky, I., "Spacecraft Constrained Maneuver Planning for Moving Debris Avoidance Using Positively Invariant Constraint Admissible Sets", Proceedings of the American Control Conference, June 2013.
      BibTeX
      • @Inproceedings{weissDebris2013,
      • author = {Weiss, A. and Baldwin, M. and Petersen, C. and Erwin, R. S. and Kolmanovsky, I.},
      • title = {Spacecraft Constrained Maneuver Planning for Moving Debris Avoidance Using Positively Invariant Constraint Admissible Sets},
      • booktitle = {Proceedings of the American Control Conference},
      • year = 2013,
      • address = {Washington, DC},
      • month = jun
      • }
    •  Agarwal, K.; Weiss, A.; Kolmanovsky, I.; Bernstein, D. S., "Inertia-Free Spacecraft Attitude Control with Control-Moment-Gyro Actuation", Proc. AIAA Guid. Nav. Contr. Conf., August 2012, pp. AIAA-2012-5003-282.
      BibTeX
      • @Inproceedings{CMGGNC2012,
      • author = {Agarwal, K. and Weiss, A. and Kolmanovsky, I. and Bernstein, D. S.},
      • title = {Inertia-Free Spacecraft Attitude Control with Control-Moment-Gyro Actuation},
      • booktitle = {Proc. AIAA Guid. Nav. Contr. Conf.},
      • year = 2012,
      • pages = {AIAA--2012--5003--282},
      • address = {Minneapolis, MN},
      • month = aug,
      • note = {AIAA-2012-5003-282}
      • }
    •  Weiss, A.; Cruz, G.; Agarwal, K.; Rahman, Y.; Medikeri, M.; Xie, A.; Camblor, M.; Kolmanovsky, I.; Bernstein, D. S., "Inertia-Free Attitude Control Laws Based on Rotation Matrices for Spacecraft with Torquers, Thrusters, and Wheels", Proc. Itzhack Y. Bar-Itzhack Memorial Symposium on Estimation, Navigation, and Spacecraft Control, October 2012, pp. 322-391.
      BibTeX
      • @Inproceedings{Weiss2012,
      • author = {Weiss, A. and Cruz, G. and Agarwal, K. and Rahman, Y. and Medikeri, M. and Xie, A. and Camblor, M. and Kolmanovsky, I. and Bernstein, D. S.},
      • title = {Inertia-Free Attitude Control Laws Based on Rotation Matrices for Spacecraft with Torquers, Thrusters, and Wheels},
      • booktitle = {Proc. Itzhack Y. Bar-Itzhack Memorial Symposium on Estimation, Navigation, and Spacecraft Control},
      • year = 2012,
      • pages = {322--391},
      • address = {Haifa, Israel},
      • month = oct
      • }
    •  Weiss, Avishai; Kolmanovsky, Ilya; Bernstein, Dennis S., "Forward-Integration Riccati-Based Feedback Control of Magnetically Actuated Spacecraft", AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference, 2012, pp. AIAA-2012-5042-137.
      BibTeX
      • @Inproceedings{firmag,
      • author = {Weiss, Avishai and Kolmanovsky, Ilya and Bernstein, Dennis S.},
      • title = {Forward-Integration Riccati-Based Feedback Control of Magnetically Actuated Spacecraft},
      • booktitle = {AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference},
      • year = 2012,
      • pages = {AIAA--2012--5042--137}
      • }
    •  Weiss, Avishai; Kolmanovsky, Ilya; Baldwin, Morgan; Erwin, R. Scott; Bernstein, Dennis S., "Forward-Integration Riccati-Based Feedback Control for Spacecraft Rendezvous Maneuvers on Elliptic Orbits", Proc. Conf. Dec. Contr, December 2012, pp. 1752 - 1757.
      BibTeX
      • @Inproceedings{forriccdc,
      • author = {Weiss, Avishai and Kolmanovsky, Ilya and Baldwin, Morgan and Erwin, R. Scott and Bernstein, Dennis S.},
      • title = {Forward-Integration Riccati-Based Feedback Control for Spacecraft Rendezvous Maneuvers on Elliptic Orbits},
      • booktitle = {Proc. Conf. Dec. Contr},
      • year = 2012,
      • pages = {1752 -- 1757},
      • address = {Maui, HI},
      • month = dec
      • }
    •  Baldwin, M.; Weiss, A.; Kolmanovsky, I.; Erwin, R. S., "Spacecraft Debris Avoidance using Positively Invariant Constraint Admissible Sets", Proceedings of AAS Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, 2012, pp. Paper AAS 12-250.
      BibTeX
      • @Inproceedings{ref:baldwin,
      • author = {Baldwin, M. and Weiss, A. and Kolmanovsky, I. and Erwin, R. S.},
      • title = {Spacecraft Debris Avoidance using Positively Invariant Constraint Admissible Sets},
      • booktitle = {Proceedings of AAS Space Flight Mechanics Meeting},
      • year = 2012,
      • pages = {Paper AAS 12--250},
      • address = {Charleston, South Carolina}
      • }
    •  Weiss, A.; Baldwin, M.; Erwin, R. S.; Kolmanovsky, I., "Spacecraft Constrained Maneuver Planning using Positively Invariant Constraint Admissible Sets", Proc. Itzhack Y. Bar-Itzhack Memorial Symposium on Estimation, Navigation, and Spacecraft Control, October 2012.
      BibTeX
      • @Inproceedings{ref:debrisBarSym,
      • author = {Weiss, A. and Baldwin, M. and Erwin, R. S. and Kolmanovsky, I.},
      • title = {Spacecraft Constrained Maneuver Planning using Positively Invariant Constraint Admissible Sets},
      • booktitle = {Proc. Itzhack Y. Bar-Itzhack Memorial Symposium on Estimation, Navigation, and Spacecraft Control},
      • year = 2012,
      • address = {Haifa, Israel},
      • month = oct
      • }
    •  Weiss, A.; Kolmanovsky, I.; Baldwin, M.; Erwin, R. S., "Model Predictive Control of Three Dimensional Spacecraft Relative Motion", Proceedings of the American Control Conference, June 2012, pp. 173-178.
      BibTeX
      • @Inproceedings{weisserwin,
      • author = {Weiss, A. and Kolmanovsky, I. and Baldwin, M. and Erwin, R. S.},
      • title = {Model Predictive Control of Three Dimensional Spacecraft Relative Motion},
      • booktitle = {Proceedings of the American Control Conference},
      • year = 2012,
      • pages = {173--178},
      • address = {Montreal, Canada},
      • month = jun
      • }
    •  Weiss, A.; Kolmanovsky, I.; Bernstein, D. S., "Forward-Integration Riccati-Based Output-Feedback Control of Linear Time-Varying Systems", Proc. Amer. Conf. Contr, June 2012, pp. 6708-6714.
      BibTeX
      • @Inproceedings{weisskolmbern,
      • author = {Weiss, A. and Kolmanovsky, I. and Bernstein, D. S.},
      • title = {Forward-Integration Riccati-Based Output-Feedback Control of Linear Time-Varying Systems},
      • booktitle = {Proc. Amer. Conf. Contr},
      • year = 2012,
      • pages = {6708--6714},
      • address = {Montreal, Canada},
      • month = jun
      • }
    •  Weiss, Avishai; Leve, Frederick; Kolmanovsky, Ilya; Jah, Moriba, "Reaction Wheel Parameter Identification and Control through Receding Horizon-Based Null Motion Excitation", Proc. Itzhack Y. Bar-Itzhack Memorial Symposium on Estimation, Navigation, and Spacecraft Control, October 2012.
      BibTeX
      • @Inproceedings{weissreaction,
      • author = {Weiss, Avishai and Leve, Frederick and Kolmanovsky, Ilya and Jah, Moriba},
      • title = {Reaction Wheel Parameter Identification and Control through Receding Horizon-Based Null Motion Excitation},
      • booktitle = {Proc. Itzhack Y. Bar-Itzhack Memorial Symposium on Estimation, Navigation, and Spacecraft Control},
      • year = 2012,
      • address = {Haifa, Israel},
      • month = oct
      • }
    •  Weiss, A.; Kolmanovsky, I.; Bernstein, D. S., "Inertia-Free Attitude Control of Spacecraft with Unknown Time-Varying Mass Distribution", Proc. 62nd IAC, October 2011, pp. IAC-11-C1.5.9.
      BibTeX
      • @Inproceedings{AviTVinertiaIAC2011,
      • author = {Weiss, A. and Kolmanovsky, I. and Bernstein, D. S.},
      • title = {Inertia-Free Attitude Control of Spacecraft with Unknown Time-Varying Mass Distribution},
      • booktitle = {Proc. 62nd IAC},
      • year = 2011,
      • pages = {IAC--11--C1.5.9},
      • address = {Cape Town, South Africa},
      • month = oct,
      • note = {IAC-11-C1.5.9}
      • }
    •  Cruz, Gerardo; Yang, Xuebo; Weiss, Avishai; Kolmanovsky, Ilya; Bernstein, Dennis S., "Torque-saturated, inertia-free spacecraft attitude control", AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference, 2011, pp. AIAA-2011-6507-816.
      BibTeX
      • @Inproceedings{cruz2011torque,
      • author = {Cruz, Gerardo and Yang, Xuebo and Weiss, Avishai and Kolmanovsky, Ilya and Bernstein, Dennis S.},
      • title = {Torque-saturated, inertia-free spacecraft attitude control},
      • booktitle = {AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference},
      • year = 2011,
      • pages = {AIAA--2011--6507--816}
      • }
    •  Weiss, Avishai; Kolmanovsky, Ilya; Merrill, Walter, "Incorporating Risk into Control Design for Emergency Operation of Turbo-Fan Engines", Proc. AIAA Infotech@Aerospace, 2011, pp. AIAA-2011-1591.
      BibTeX
      • @Inproceedings{weiss2011incorporating,
      • author = {Weiss, Avishai and Kolmanovsky, Ilya and Merrill, Walter},
      • title = {Incorporating Risk into Control Design for Emergency Operation of Turbo-Fan Engines},
      • booktitle = {Proc. AIAA Infotech@Aerospace},
      • year = 2011,
      • pages = {AIAA--2011--1591}
      • }
    •  Weiss, A.; Yang, X.; Kolmanovsky, I.; Bernstein, D. S., "Inertia-Free Spacecraft Attitude Control with Reaction-Wheel Actuation", AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference, 2010, pp. AIAA-2010-8297.
      BibTeX
      • @Inproceedings{weiss,
      • author = {Weiss, A. and Yang, X. and Kolmanovsky, I. and Bernstein, D. S.},
      • title = {Inertia-Free Spacecraft Attitude Control with Reaction-Wheel Actuation},
      • booktitle = {AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference},
      • year = 2010,
      • pages = {AIAA--2010--8297}
      • }
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