Dimitra Panagou

Associate Professor


3057 François-Xavier Bagnoud Aerospace Building
1320 Beal Avenue Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2140

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PhD in Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Greece (2012)

Diploma in Mechanical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Greece (2006)


348: Aircraft Dynamics and Control
584: Navigation and Guidance of Aerospace Vehicles
551: Nonlinear Systems and Control
740: Multi-Agent Control

Research Interests

Nonlinear Systems, Control and Estimation; Multi-Agent Systems; Decentralized/Distributed Planning and Control; Cooperative and Non-cooperative Control; Switched and Hybrid Systems; Robotics; Motion and Path Planning; Guidance, Navigation and Control of Unmanned Vehicles; Applications in Autonomous Multi-Vehicle Systems, Human-Robot Interaction, and Robotic Networks (Safety and Resilience).

Professional Service


Dimitra Panagou received the Diploma and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, in 2006 and 2012, respectively. Since September 2014 she has been a faculty member with the Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan. Prior to joining the University of Michigan, she was a postdoctoral research associate with the Coordinated Science Laboratory, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (2012-2014), a visiting research scholar with the GRASP Lab, University of Pennsylvania (June 2013, fall 2010) and a visiting research scholar with the University of Delaware, Mechanical Engineering Department (spring 2009). Her research interests include the fields of multi-agent planning, control and estimation, with applications in safe and resilient unmanned aerial systems, robotic networks and autonomous multi-vehicle systems (ground, marine, aerial, space), and human-robot interaction. She is a recipient of the NASA 2016 Early Career Faculty Award, of the Air Force Office of Science Research 2017 Young Investigator Award and of the NSF CAREER award, and a senior member of the IEEE and the AIAA.


2020 National Science Foundation CAREER Award “Perceivability: Enabling Safe and Secure Autonomy via Synergistic Control, Observation and Learning”
2017 AFOSR Young Investigator Award: “From High-Level Task Specifications to Geometric Control via Lyapunov Abstractions”
2016 NASA Early Faculty Career Award: “The Astronet: A Human-Centric Network of Free Flying Co-Robots”

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Dr. Dimitra Panagou promoted to associate professor

Dr. Dimitra Panagou of the U-M Department of Aerospace Engineering is promoted to associate professor, with tenure.

Professor Panagou receives National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award

Congratulations to Professor Dimitra Panagou, who received a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award for her work in autonomy

Aerospace Professors Girard, Kolmanovsky, and Panagou receive award for their work at the Automotive Research Center

Aerospace Engineering congratulates three of our faculty who received the Ted Kennedy Family Faculty Team Excellence Award for 2019-20 for their work on the Automotive Research Center.