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About Raúl Ordóñez

My research focuses on nonlinear systems, nonlinear control, and the connection of control tools and concepts to related areas such as coordinated behavior of autonomous robots, image processing, intelligent sensing and optimization. I have sought to build a link between nonlinear control and robotics, encompassing applications such as bipedal humanoid-like motion, control of air vehicles, and vision-based control of electro-mechanical systems. My recent research on Extremum Seeking Control attempts to merge the traditionally disjoint areas of control and optimization, and to create a theoretical framework for intelligent decision-making in autonomous systems.

• Associate Editor for the Journal Automatica in the area of intelligent control since Feb 2006.
• Member of the IEEE and its Control Systems Society.
• Technical Program Committee, 2011 IEEE Multi-conference on Systems and Control.
• Publications Chair, 2008 IEEE Multi-conference on Systems and Control.
• Associate Editor, Conference Editorial Board of the IEEE Control Systems Society.
• Publicity Chair, 2001 International Symposium on Intelligent Control.
• Member of the Program Committee for the 2001 Conference on Decision and Control.


2001 - Present Professor, University of Dayton Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Present Director, Motoman Robotics Lab, University of Dayton
Present Director, Nonlinear Control Lab, University of Dayton

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • 2014 AFRL Summer Faculty Fellowship
  • 2008 Boeing Welliver Faculty Fellowship
  • Best Student of the Class Award every semester (nine times), Monterrey Institue of Technology
  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude, Monterrey Institue of Technology,1994
  • Litton Fellowship, The Ohio State University, 1996
  • NSF Student Travel Award, 1998


  • ECE 303, 303L: Signals & Systems
  • ECE 415: Control Systems
  • ECE 447: Digital Control Systems
  • ECE 503: Random Processes
  • ECE 547: Nonlinear Systems and Control
  • ECE 642: Optimal Control
  • ECE 645: Adaptive Control
  • ECE 695-01: Interconnected Systems


1999 PhD, The Ohio State University ‐ Electrical Engineering
1996 MS, The Ohio State University ‐ Electrical Engineering
1994 BE, Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey ‐ Electrical and Electronics Engineering

Contact Information

Location: Kettering Laboratories Room 341E
Phone: 937-229-3183


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Technical Seminars (3)

Articles (1)