Professor Arthur G Richards

M.Eng.(Cantab.), S.M.(M.I.T.), Ph.D. (M.I.T.)

  • BS16 1QY


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Research interests

I specialize in the application of trajectory optimization to problems in aerospace. Examples of recent work include:

  • autonomous exploration of a cluttered environment by an Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV)
  • fuel-efficient rendezvous of spacecraft for Mars Sample Return mission
  • robust air traffic flow management

This technologies involved include:

  • non-convex optimization for avoidance constraints, such as obstacle avoidance or air traffic separation
  • robust model predictive control, applying optimization in real time to compensate for disturbances and other uncertainty
  • distributed optimization and control, enabling cooperation across large teams of vehicles

In all of the work, the challenges are to find solutions that are:

  • high performance, e.g. handling high levels of air traffic or using minimal fuel
  • robust, able to work in uncertain environments or even without a map at all
  • scalable, able to extend to very large numbers of vehicles
  • fast, using efficient algorithms to respond quickly to new information

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • Smart Networks for Sustainable Futures

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T-B PHASE: Prosperity Partnership with Thales

Wilson, R. E., Johnson, A., Bullock, S., Lawry, J., Richards, A. G., Noyes, J. M., Hauert, S., Bode, N. W. F., Wilson, R. E., Pitonakova, L., Kent, T., Crosscombe, M., Zanatto, D., Alkan, B., Drury, K. L., Hogg, E., Bonnell, W. D., Bennett, C. D., Clarke, C. E. M., Wisetjindawat, W., Potts, M. W., Ellinas, C., Sartor, P. N., Harvey, D., Rayneau-Kirkhope, B., Galvin, K., Lam, J., Barden, E. & Chattington, M.


Project: Research

Research Output

A Connected Autonomous Vehicle Testbed: Capabilities, Experimental Processes and Lessons Learned

Kent, T., Richards, A. G., Pipe, T., Hutchinson, J. & Schuster, W., 23 Jun 2020, In : Automation. p. 17-32 16 p., 2.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • Modelling Agent Policies with Interpretable Imitation Learning

    Bewley, T., Lawry, J. & Richards, A. G., 4 Sep 2020, (Accepted/In press).

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference Paper

  • Simulation of a Machine Learning Based Controller for a Fixed-Wing UAV with Distributed Sensors

    Guerra-Langan, A., Araujo-Estrada, S., Richards, A. G. & Windsor, S. P., 5 Jan 2020, AIAA SciTech Forum and Exposition 2020. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc. (AIAA), 18 p. AIAA 2020-1239

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference Contribution (Conference Proceeding)

    Open Access
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    • 1 Editorial activity
    • 1 Membership or peer review panel or committee

    The Aeronautical Journal (Journal)

    Arthur G Richards (Editorial board member)


    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

    European Control Conference 2013 (Event)

    Arthur G Richards (Member)

    1 Jun 201219 Jul 2013

    Activity: Membership typesMembership or peer review panel or committee

    Supervised Work

    Additive Manufacturing of Soft, Functional Structures for Next-Generation Soft Robotics

    Author: Kuhnel, D. T., 1 Oct 2019

    Supervisor: Faul, C. F. (Supervisor), Rossiter, J. (Supervisor) & Richards, A. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


    A Touchy Subject: Development and Exploration of Tactile Sensing for Perception and Manipulation

    Author: Cramphorn, L. P., 1 Oct 2019

    Supervisor: Lepora, N. (Supervisor) & Richards, A. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


    Driverless Car and Multiagent Model Predictive Control

    Author: Bali, C., 2 Jun 2020

    Supervisor: Richards, A. G. (Supervisor) & Piechocki, R. J. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)