Academic Appointments


  • Assistant Professor, Aeronautics and Astronautics

Administrative Appointments


  • Assistant Professor, Boston University (2012 - 2015)
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Pennsylvania (2010 - 2012)
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, MIT (2009 - 2011)
  • Automation Engineer, Applied Materials, Inc (2000 - 2002)

Honors & Awards


  • Best Paper Finalist, International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) (2016)
  • King-Sun Fu Memorial Best Paper Award, IEEE Transactions on Robotics (2016)
  • Early Career Research Excellence Award, Boston University College of Engineering (2015)
  • CAREER Award, NSF (2014)
  • Best Paper Finalist, International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) (2011)
  • Best Paper Award, Conference on the Simulation of Adaptive Behavior (SAB) (2008)
  • Best Paper Finalist, International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) (2008)

Professional Education


  • PhD, MIT, Mechanical Engineering (2009)
  • MS, MIT, Mechanical Engineering (2005)
  • BS, Stanford, Mechanical Engineering (2000)

Stanford Advisees


  • Doctoral Dissertation Reader (AC)
    Andrew Bylard, Michelle Chernick, Ashley Clark, Duncan Eddy, Vince Giralo, Zack Hammond, Boris Ivanovic, Kyle Julian, Karen Leung, Corinne Lippe, Aditya Mahajan, Jeff Park, Nathan Stacey, David Stonestrom, Josh Sullivan, Adam Wiktor
  • Postdoctoral Faculty Sponsor
    David Fridovich-Keil, Negar Zahedi Mehr
  • Doctoral Dissertation Advisor (AC)
    Adam Caccavale, Eric Cristofalo, Preston Culbertson, Ravi Haksar, Trevor Halsted, Jun En Low, Haruki Nishimura, Kunal Shah, Olaoluwa Shorinwa, Mingyu Wang, Patrick Washington
  • Orals Evaluator
    Ashley Clark, Kyle Julian, Josh Sullivan
  • Master's Program Advisor
    Caitlin Driscoll, Racheal Erhard, Bernard Lange, Aliyah Smith, Karthik Srivatsan, Gadi Sznaier Camps, Javier Yu, Remy Zawislak
  • Doctoral (Program)
    Claire Chen

All Publications


  • An untethered isoperimetric soft robot SCIENCE ROBOTICS Usevitch, N. S., Hammond, Z. M., Schwager, M., Okamura, A. M., Hawkes, E. W., Follmer, S. 2020; 5 (40)
  • Multi-agent sensitivity enhanced iterative best response: A real-time game theoretic planner for drone racing in 3D environments ROBOTICS AND AUTONOMOUS SYSTEMS Wang, Z., Taubner, T., Schwager, M. 2020; 125
  • GRAPE: Geometric Risk-Aware Pursuit-Evasion ROBOTICS AND AUTONOMOUS SYSTEMS Shah, K., Schwager, M. 2019; 121
  • Tracking a Markov Target in a Discrete Environment With Multiple Sensors IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON AUTOMATIC CONTROL Leahy, K., Schwager, M. 2019; 64 (6): 2396–2411
  • Distributed multi-robot formation control in dynamic environments AUTONOMOUS ROBOTS Alonso-Mora, J., Montijano, E., Nageli, T., Hilliges, O., Schwager, M., Rus, D. 2019; 43 (5): 1079–1100
  • Control in belief space with temporal logic specifications using vision-based localization INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ROBOTICS RESEARCH Leahy, K., Cristofalo, E., Vasile, C., Jones, A., Montijano, E., Schwager, M., Belta, C. 2019; 38 (6): 702–22
  • Translational and Rotational Invariance in Networked Dynamical Systems IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON CONTROL OF NETWORK SYSTEMS Vasile, C., Schwager, M., Belta, C. 2018; 5 (3): 822–32
  • Agile Coordination and Assistive Collision Avoidance for Quadrotor Swarms Using Virtual Structures IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON ROBOTICS Zhou, D., Wang, Z., Schwager, M. 2018; 34 (4): 916–23
  • Controlling Noncooperative Herds with Robotic Herders IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON ROBOTICS Pierson, A., Schwager, M. 2018; 34 (2): 517–25
  • Distributed Deep Reinforcement Learning for Fighting Forest Fires with a Network of Aerial Robots Haksar, R. N., Schwager, M., Kosecka, J., Maciejewski, A. A., Okamura, A., Bicchi, A., Stachniss, C., Song, D. Z., Lee, D. H., Chaumette, F., Ding, H., Li, J. S., Wen, J., Roberts, J., Masamune, K., Chong, N. Y., Amato, N., Tsagwarakis, N., Rocco, P., Asfour, T., Chung, W. K., Yasuyoshi, Y., Sun, Y., Maciekeski, T., Althoefer, K., AndradeCetto, J., Chung, W. K., Demircan, E., Dias, J., Fraisse, P., Gross, R., Harada, H., Hasegawa, Y., Hayashibe, M., Kiguchi, K., Kim, K., Kroeger, T., Li, Y., Ma, S., Mochiyama, H., Monje, C. A., Rekleitis, Roberts, R., Stulp, F., Tsai, C. H., Zollo, L. IEEE. 2018: 1067–74
  • Controlling Large, Graph-based MDPs with Global Control Capacity Constraints: An Approximate LP Solution Haksar, R. N., Schwager, M., IEEE IEEE. 2018: 35–42
  • Active Motion-Based Communication for Robots with Monocular Vision Nishimura, H., Schwager, M., IEEE IEEE COMPUTER SOC. 2018: 2948–55
  • Decentralized Adaptive Control for Collaborative Manipulation Culbertson, P., Schwager, M., IEEE IEEE COMPUTER SOC. 2018: 278–85
  • Safe Distributed Lane Change Maneuvers for Multiple Autonomous Vehicles Using Buffered Input Cells Wang, M., Wang, Z., Paudel, S., Schwager, M., IEEE IEEE COMPUTER SOC. 2018: 4678–84
  • Cooperative Object Transport in 3D with Multiple Quadrotors using No Peer Communication Wang, Z., Singh, S., Pavone, M., Schwager, M., IEEE IEEE COMPUTER SOC. 2018: 1064–71
  • Wireframe Mapping for Resource-Constrained Robots Caccavale, A., Schwager, M., Kosecka, J., Maciejewski, A. A., Okamura, A., Bicchi, A., Stachniss, C., Song, D. Z., Lee, D. H., Chaumette, F., Ding, H., Li, J. S., Wen, J., Roberts, J., Masamune, K., Chong, N. Y., Amato, N., Tsagwarakis, N., Rocco, P., Asfour, T., Chung, W. K., Yasuyoshi, Y., Sun, Y., Maciekeski, T., Althoefer, K., AndradeCetto, J., Chung, W. K., Demircan, E., Dias, J., Fraisse, P., Gross, R., Harada, H., Hasegawa, Y., Hayashibe, M., Kiguchi, K., Kim, K., Kroeger, T., Li, Y., Ma, S., Mochiyama, H., Monje, C. A., Rekleitis, Roberts, R., Stulp, F., Tsai, C. H., Zollo, L. IEEE. 2018: 8658–65
  • Adapting to sensing and actuation variations in multi-robot coverage INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ROBOTICS RESEARCH Pierson, A., Figueiredo, L. C., Pimenta, L. C., Schwager, M. 2017; 36 (3): 337-354
  • Localization of a Ground Robot by Aerial Robots for GPS-Deprived Control with Temporal Logic Constraints Cristofalo, E., Leahy, K., Vasile, C., Montijano, E., Schwager, M., Belta, C., Kulic, D., Nakamura, Y., Khatib, O., Venture, G. SPRINGER INTERNATIONAL PUBLISHING AG. 2017: 525–37
  • Distributed Multi-Robot Localization from Acoustic Pulses Using Euclidean Distance Geometry Halsted, T., Schwager, M., Giordano, P. R. IEEE. 2017
  • Learning a Dynamical System Model for a Spatiotemporal Field Using a Mobile Sensing Robot Lan, X., Schwager, M., IEEE IEEE. 2017: 170–75
  • Force-Amplifying N-robot Transport System (Force-ANTS) for cooperative planar manipulation without communication INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ROBOTICS RESEARCH Wang, Z., Schwager, M. 2016; 35 (13): 1564-1586
  • Rapidly Exploring Random Cycles: Persistent Estimation of Spatiotemporal Fields With Multiple Sensing Robots IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON ROBOTICS Lan, X., Schwager, M. 2016; 32 (5): 1230-1244
  • Correlated Orienteering Problem and its Application to Persistent Monitoring Tasks IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON ROBOTICS Yu, J., Schwager, M., Rus, D. 2016; 32 (5): 1106-1118
  • Vision-Based Distributed Formation Control Without an External Positioning System IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON ROBOTICS Montijano, E., Cristofalo, E., Zhou, D., Schwager, M., Saguees, C. 2016; 32 (2): 339-351