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Marco Ciarcia

Marco Ciarcià

Title

Assistant Professor

Office Building

Crothers Engineering Hall

Office

210

Mailing Address

Crothers Engineering Hall 210
Mechanical Engineering-Box 2219
University Station
Brookings, SD 57007

Biography

I received the M.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering at Università degli Studi di Palermo in 2001. In 2008 I completed the Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering at Rice University under the supervision of Prof. Angelo Miele. From 2010 to 2014, I was awarded of the U.S. National Research Council Research Fellowship. In that period, my research activities were carried out at the Spacecraft Robotics Laboratory of the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA. The main research project involved the design, development, and testing of a suboptimal guidance strategy for spacecraft proximity maneuvers. I am founder and director of the Aerospace Robotics Testbed Laboratory (ARTLAB) and my current research interests include: robotics, nonlinear control, optimal control, spacecraft GNC, small satellites.

Education

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Rice University, 2008
M.S. (magna cum laude), Aerospace Engineering, Universita' degli Studi di Palermo, Italy, 2001

Academic Responsibilities

ME 451 - Automatic Controls
ME 441/541 - Robotic Systems
ME 492/592 - Mechatronics
ME 492/592 - Nonlinear Programming

Committee Activities

AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Technical Committee

Awards and Honors

U.S. National Research Council Associateship Award, 2010-2014

Grants

(Co-I) Drone-Based Measurements for Bridge Field Testing, Department of Transportation UTC Center, 2021-2022, $76,830
(PI) Design, Development, and Testing of an Advanced Multirotor for Human Transportation, SD Space Grant Consortium (NASA) Project Innovation Grant, 2021-2023, $65,903
(PI) Development of an Autonomous Personal Aerial Transportation Vehicle for Aviation Transformation, NASA USRC Grant, 2019-2021, $79,995
(Co-I) Development of an Experimental Testbed for Sprayer Nozzle Testing, Raven Industries, 2019-2020, $104,000
(PI) Support for CubeSat Student Team, SD Space Grant Consortium, 2018-present
(Co-I) Development of a Miniaturized Compression Device for Ex-vivo Mammalian Bone Tissue Testing, SDBOR Research and Development Grant, 2017-2018, $4,000
(PI) Acquisition of a Motion Capture System for Indoor Robotics Application, SDSU Scholarly Excellence Seed Grant, 2017, $20,604

Work Experience

2021 - present, Founder and CTO at AeroFly llc, Brookings, SD
2015-2016, Chief Research Engineer at NANOCOMSAT, Zurich, Switzerland
2010-2014, US National Research Council Research Associate at Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA
2009-2010, Visiting Researcher at Rice University, Houston, TX
2009, Lecturer at Universita' degli Studi di Palermo, Italy
2007-2009, Postdoctoral Fellow at Universita' degli Studi di Palermo, Italy

Area(s) of Research

eVTOL Rotorcraft,
Robotics,
Mechatronics,
Nonlinear Control,
Optimal Control

Publications:

Book Chapter
Miele, A., Ciarcià, M., Best Initial Conditions for the Rendezvous Maneuver.
In: Variational Analysis and Aerospace Engineering, edited by Buttazzo, G., Frediani, A., Springer Optimization and Its Applications, Springer, New York (NY), Vol. 33, 2009, pp. 267-289.

Journal Publications
1. Lavezzi, G., Guye, K., Ciarcià, M., Nonlinear Programming Solvers for Unconstrained and Constrained Optimization Problems: a Benchmark Analysis, Engineering Optimization (under review).
2. Lavezzi, G., Ciarcià, M., A Direct Method-Based Suboptimal Attitude Guidance for Accurate Ground-Target Tracking Maneuvers, Advances in Space Research, Vol. 69, No.11, 2022.
3. Lavezzi, G., Stang, N. J., Ciarcià, M., START: A Satellite Three Axis Rotation Testbed, Micromachines, Vol. 13, No. 2, 2022.
4. Lavezzi, G., Ciarcià, M., A Hybrid Open/Closed-Loop Attitude Control Method for Imaging Satellites, Journal of Aerospace Engineering, Vol 34, No. 5, 2021.
5. Ciarcià, M., Cristi, R., Romano, M., Emulating Scaled Clohessy-Wiltshire Dynamics on an Air-Bearing Spacecraft Simulation Testbed, Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 40, No. 10, 2017, pp. 2496 – 2510.
6. Ventura, J., Ciarcià, M., Romano, M., Walter, U., Fast and Near-Optimal Guidance for Docking to Uncontrolled Spacecraft, Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 40, No. 12, 2017, pp. 3138 – 3154.
7. Wilde, M., Ciarcià, M., Grompone, A., Romano, M., Experimental Characterization of an Inverse Dynamics Guidance and Control Strategy of a Spacecraft Docking with a Rotating Target, Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 39, No. 6, 2016, pp. 1173 – 1187.
8. Ciarcià, M., Grompone, A., Romano, M., A Near-Optimal Guidance for Cooperative Docking Maneuvers, Acta Astronautica, Vol. 102, 2014, pp. 367 – 377.
9. McCamish, S. B., Ciarcià, M., Romano, M., Simulations and Visualization of Multiple Spacecraft Dynamics and Control with MATLAB-Simulink and Satellite Tool Kit, Journal of Aerospace Information Systems, Vol. 10, No. 7, 2013, pp. 348 – 358.
10. Miele, A., Wang, T., Mathwig, A. J., Ciarcià, M., Collision Avoidance for an Aircraft in Abort Landing: Trajectory Optimization and Guidance, Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications, Vol. 146, No. 2, 2010, pp. 233 – 254.
11. Miele, A., Ciarcià, M.,Weeks, M.W., Rendezvous Guidance Trajectories via Multiple-Subarc Sequential Gradient Restoration Algorithm, Journal of Aerospace Engineering, Vol. 22, No. 2, 2009, pp. 160 – 172.
12. Miele, A., Ciarcià, M., Optimal Starting Conditions for the Rendezvous Maneuver, Part 2: Mathematical Programming Approach, Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications, Vol. 137, No. 3, 2008, pp. 625 – 639.
13. Miele, A., Ciarcià, M., Optimal Starting Conditions for the Rendezvous Maneuver, Part 1: Optimal Control Approach, Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications, Vol. 137, No. 3, 2008, pp. 593 – 624.
14. Miele, A., Ciarcià, M., Weeks, M.W., Guidance Trajectories for Spacecraft Rendezvous, Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications, Vol. 132, No. 3, 2007, pp. 377 – 400.
15. Miele, A., Weeks, M.W., Ciarcià, M., Optimal Trajectories for Spacecraft Rendezvous, Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications, Vol. 132, No. 3, 2007, pp. 353 – 376.
16. Miele A., Ciarcià M., Mathwig, J., Reflections on the Hohmann Transfer, Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications, Vol. 123, No. 2, 2004, pp. 233 – 253.

Conference Proceedings
1. Lavezzi, G., Ciarcià, M., Development of a Low-Cost Satellite Three-Axis Attitude Simulator Testbed, AIAA SciTech Conference, San Diego, CA, 1/3-7/2022.
2. Saez, A., Manzo, M., Ciarcià, M., A Literature Review in Design Methodologies for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Mars Missions, International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, Virtual, 11/1-5/2021.
3. Blocker, C., Gross, J., Steers, E., Hanshaw, A., Sydow, N., Letcher, T., Ciarcià, M., Albatross: an Autonomous, Electric, Multirotor for Personal Transportation, Canadian Committee for the Theory of Machines and Mechanisms Symposium on Mechanisms, Machines, and Mechatronics, Virtual, 5/3-4/2021.
4. Lavezzi, G., Ciarcià, M., A Near-Optimal Attitude Control for an Earth Imaging Satellite, 31st AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, Virtual, 2/1-3/2021.
5. Runge, N., Twedt, R., Olson, W., Berg, S., Smithee, I., Letcher, T., Ciarcià, M., Design, Development, and testing of an Autonomous Multirotor for Personal Transportation, USCToMM Symposium on Mechanical Systems and Robotics, Rapid City, SD, 5/14-16/2020.
6. Lavezzi, G., Grøtte, M. E., Ciarcià, M., Attitude Control Strategies for an Imaging CubeSat, 2019 IEEE International Conference on Electro/Information Technology, Brookings, SD, 5/20-22/2019.
7. Raslan, A., Michna, G., Ciarcià, M., Thermal Simulation of a CubeSat, 2019 IEEE International Conference on Electro/Information Technology, Brookings, SD, 5/20-22/2019.
8. Shata, E., Acharya, P., Ciarcià, M., Nguyen, K, Optimization of a Chemical Reaction Using the Modified Quasilinearization Algorithm, 2019 IEEE International Conference on Electro/Information Technology, Brookings, SD, 5/20-22/2019.
9. Harwood, S., Ciarcià, M., Analysis of Analog to Digital Conversion Techniques for Satellite Orbital Maneuvering Using Cold Gas Thrusters, 29th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, Ka’anapali, HI, 1/13-17/2019.
10. Roy, T., Ni, Z., Ciarcià, M., A Convex Optimization Approach for Distributed Energy Trading of Interconnected Microgrids, 50th North American Power Symposium (NAPS), Fargo, SD, 9/9-11/2018.
11. Ciarcià, M., Grompone, A., Romano, M., A Suboptimal Guidance for Cooperative Docking Maneuvers, 7th International Workshop on Spacecraft Constellation and Formation Flying, Lisbon, Portugal, 3/13-15/2013. ID: IWSCFF-2013-06-03.
12. Ciarcià, M., Romano, M., Suboptimal Guidance for Spacecraft Proximity Maneuvers with Path Constraints Capability, AIAA Guidance Navigation and Control Conference, Minneapolis, MN, 8/13-16/2012,
DOI: 10.2514/6.2012-4920.
13. Ciarcià, M., Romano, M., Spacecraft Proximity Maneuver Guidance Based on Inverse Dynamic and Sequential Gradient-Restoration Algorithm, AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, Girdwood, AK, 7/31/2011-8/4/2011, Vol. 142, pp. 3679 – 3698, ISBN: 9780877035770.
14. Grillo, C., Ciarcià, M., Pizzolo, A., Gatto, C., Vitrano, F., Collision Avoidance Problem for an Ekranoplan, 9th Congress of the Italian Society of Applied and Industrial Mathematics, Rome, Italy, 9/15-19/2008,
DOI: 10.1685/CSC09271.
15. Miele, A., Ciarcià, M., Best Initial Conditions for the Rendezvous Maneuver, Conference on Variational Analysis and Aerospace Engineering, Erice, Italy, 9/2007. ISBN: 978-0-387-95857-6.

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