Avishai Weiss

Avishai Weiss
  • 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

    • CA1544: Spacecraft Guidance, Navigation, and Control

      MERL is seeking highly motivated interns for research positions in guidance, navigation, and control of spacecraft. The ideal candidates have experience in one or more of the following topics: astrodynamics, the three-body problem, relative motion dynamics, rendezvous, attitude control, orbit control, orbit determination, nonlinear estimation, computer vision, and optimization-based control. PhD students in aerospace, mechanical, or electrical engineering are encouraged to apply. Publication of results produced during the internship is expected. The duration of the internships are 3-6 months, and the start dates are flexible. This internship is preferred to be onsite at MERL, but may be done remotely where you live if the COVID pandemic makes it necessary.

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  • MERL Publications

    •  Hayashi, N., Weiss, A., Di Cairano, S., "Model Predictive Control Approach for Autonomous Sun-Synchronous Sub-Recurrent Orbit Control", AIAA SciTech, January 2021.
      BibTeX TR2021-005 PDF
      • @inproceedings{Hayashi2021jan,
      • author = {Hayashi, Naohiro and Weiss, Avishai and Di Cairano, Stefano},
      • title = {Model Predictive Control Approach for Autonomous Sun-Synchronous Sub-Recurrent Orbit Control},
      • booktitle = {AIAA SciTech},
      • year = 2021,
      • month = jan,
      • url = {https://www.merl.com/publications/TR2021-005}
      • }
    •  Aguilar Marsillach, D., Di Cairano, S., Weiss, A., "Abort-Safe Spacecraft Rendezvous in case of Partial Thrust Failure", IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC), December 2020.
      BibTeX TR2020-175 PDF
      • @inproceedings{AguilarMarsillach2020dec,
      • author = {Aguilar Marsillach, Daniel and Di Cairano, Stefano and Weiss, Avishai},
      • title = {Abort-Safe Spacecraft Rendezvous in case of Partial Thrust Failure},
      • booktitle = {IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC)},
      • year = 2020,
      • month = dec,
      • url = {https://www.merl.com/publications/TR2020-175}
      • }
    •  Caverly, R., Di Cairano, S., Weiss, A., "Electric Satellite Station Keeping, Attitude Control, and Momentum Management by MPC", IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, December 2020.
      BibTeX TR2020-153 PDF
      • @article{Caverly2020dec,
      • author = {Caverly, Ryan and Di Cairano, Stefano and Weiss, Avishai},
      • title = {Electric Satellite Station Keeping, Attitude Control, and Momentum Management by MPC},
      • journal = {IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology},
      • year = 2020,
      • month = dec,
      • url = {https://www.merl.com/publications/TR2020-153}
      • }
    •  Muralidharan, V., Weiss, A., Kalabic, U., "Tracking neighboring quasi-satellite orbits around Phobos", World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC), July 2020.
      BibTeX TR2020-102 PDF
      • @inproceedings{Muralidharan2020jul,
      • author = {Muralidharan, Vivek and Weiss, Avishai and Kalabic, Uros},
      • title = {Tracking neighboring quasi-satellite orbits around Phobos},
      • booktitle = {World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC)},
      • year = 2020,
      • month = jul,
      • url = {https://www.merl.com/publications/TR2020-102}
      • }
    •  Aguilar Marsillach, D., Di Cairano, S., Weiss, A., "Fail-safe Rendezvous Control on Elliptic Orbits using Reachable Sets", American Control Conference (ACC), DOI: 10.23919/ACC45564.2020.9147957, July 2020, pp. 4920-4925.
      BibTeX TR2020-098 PDF
      • @inproceedings{AguilarMarsillach2020jul,
      • author = {Aguilar Marsillach, Daniel and Di Cairano, Stefano and Weiss, Avishai},
      • title = {Fail-safe Rendezvous Control on Elliptic Orbits using Reachable Sets},
      • booktitle = {American Control Conference (ACC)},
      • year = 2020,
      • pages = {4920--4925},
      • month = jul,
      • publisher = {IEEE},
      • doi = {10.23919/ACC45564.2020.9147957},
      • issn = {2378-5861},
      • isbn = {978-1-5386-8266-1},
      • url = {https://www.merl.com/publications/TR2020-098}
      • }
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  • Other Publications

    •  Avishai Weiss, Ilya Kolmanovsky, Dennis S. Bernstein and Amit Sanyal, "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}
      • }
    •  A. Weiss, M. Baldwin, C. Petersen, R. S. Erwin and I. Kolmanovsky, "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
      • }
    •  K. Agarwal, A. Weiss, I. Kolmanovsky and D. S. Bernstein, "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}
      • }
    •  A. Weiss, G. Cruz, K. Agarwal, Y. Rahman, M. Medikeri, A. Xie, M. Camblor, I. Kolmanovsky and D. S. Bernstein, "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
      • }
    •  Avishai Weiss, Ilya Kolmanovsky and Dennis S. Bernstein, "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}
      • }
    •  Avishai Weiss, Ilya Kolmanovsky, Morgan Baldwin, R. Scott Erwin and Dennis S. Bernstein, "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
      • }
    •  M. Baldwin, A. Weiss, I. Kolmanovsky and R. S. Erwin, "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}
      • }
    •  A. Weiss, M. Baldwin, R. S. Erwin and I. Kolmanovsky, "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
      • }
    •  A. Weiss, I. Kolmanovsky, M. Baldwin and R. S. Erwin, "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
      • }
    •  A. Weiss, I. Kolmanovsky and D. S. Bernstein, "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
      • }
    •  Avishai Weiss, Frederick Leve, Ilya Kolmanovsky and Moriba Jah, "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
      • }
    •  A. Weiss, I. Kolmanovsky and D. S. Bernstein, "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}
      • }
    •  Gerardo Cruz, Xuebo Yang, Avishai Weiss, Ilya Kolmanovsky and Dennis S. Bernstein, "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}
      • }
    •  Avishai Weiss, Ilya Kolmanovsky and Walter Merrill, "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}
      • }
    •  A. Weiss, X. Yang, I. Kolmanovsky and D. S. Bernstein, "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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  • MERL Issued Patents

    • Title: "MODEL PREDICTIVE CONTROL OF SPACECRAFT"
      Inventors: Weiss, Avishai; Zlotnik, David; Di Cairano, Stefano
      Patent No.: 10,875,669
      Issue Date: Dec 29, 2020
    • Title: "Concurrent Station Keeping, Attitude Control, and Momentum Management of Spacecraft"
      Inventors: Weiss, Avishai; Di Cairano, Stefano; Walsh, Alex
      Patent No.: 10,180,686
      Issue Date: Jan 15, 2019
    • Title: "Methods and Systems for Path Planning Using a Network of Safe-Sets"
      Inventors: Danielson, Claus; Weiss, Avishai; Berntorp, Karl; Di Cairano, Stefano
      Patent No.: 10,012,988
      Issue Date: Jul 3, 2018
    • Title: "System and Method for Controlling Vehicle using Neural Network"
      Inventors: Berntorp, Karl; Liu, Ming-Yu; Weiss, Avishai
      Patent No.: 9,989,964
      Issue Date: Jun 5, 2018
    • Title: "Model Predictive Control with Uncertainties"
      Inventors: Di Cairano, Stefano; Weiss, Avishai
      Patent No.: 9,983,554
      Issue Date: May 29, 2018
    • Title: "Model Predictive Control of Spacecraft"
      Inventors: Weiss, Avishai; Di Cairano, Stefano; Kalabic, Uros
      Patent No.: 9,874,879
      Issue Date: Jan 23, 2018
    • Title: "Model Predictive Control of Spacecraft"
      Inventors: Weiss, Avishai; Di Cairano, Stefano; Kalabic, Uros
      Patent No.: 9,764,858
      Issue Date: Sep 19, 2017
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