The Inaugural ICON Student Research Conference 

Mission Statement

The conference will offer students the chance to present their research and network with faculty members and keynote speakers to explore new research avenues and interdisciplinary partnerships. A diverse array of topics will be covered during presentations, aimed at fostering communication and collaboration between researchers from diverse backgrounds. These topics include complex networks, multi-agent system optimization, reinforcement learning, data science for autonomy and control, resilient and secure autonomy, human-autonomy interaction, infrastructure systems control and optimization, and autonomy validation and verification.

Link to the Purdue ICON website

Keynote Speakers

Rayadurgam Srikant

R. Srikant is  a Grainger Chair in Engineering and Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Coordinated Science Lab, all at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is also the Co-Director of the C3.AI Digital Transformation Institute, jointly headquartered at Illinois and Berkeley. His research interests include applied probability, machine learning and communication networks. He is the recipient of the 2015 INFOCOM Achievement Award, the 2019 IEEE Koji Kobayashi Computers and  Communications Award and the 2021 ACM SIGMETRICS Achievement Award. He has also received several Best Paper awards including the 2015 INFOCOM Best Paper Award,  the 2017 Applied Probability Society Best Publication Award, and the 2017 WiOpt Best Paper award. He was the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking from 2013-2017.


Keynote Talk:

Kira Barton

Dr. Kira Barton is an Associate Professor in the Robotics Department and Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Michigan. She received her B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2001, and her M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2006 and 2010. She also serves as the Associate Director for the Automotive Research Center, a University-based U.S. Army Center of Excellence for modeling and simulation of military and civilian ground systems. She was a Miller Faculty Scholar for the University of Michigan from 2017 – 2020. Prof. Barton’s research specializes in advancements in modeling, sensing, and control for applications in smart manufacturing and robotics, with a specialization in learning and multi-agent systems.  Dr. Barton is the recipient of an NSF CAREER Award in 2014, 2015 SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award, the 2015 University of Illinois, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering Outstanding Young Alumni Award, the 2016 University of Michigan, Department of Mechanical Engineering Department Achievement Award, and the 2017 ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Young Investigator Award. She was named 1 of 25 leaders transforming manufacturing by SME in 2022, and was selected as one of the 2022 winners of the Manufacturing Leadership Award from the Manufacturing Leadership Council.


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Schedule and Location

Date: Thursday, Feb 23, 2023

Organizing Committee

The conference is organized by students in the Institute for Control, Optimization and Networks (ICON)

General Co-chairs

Presentation Session Co-chairs

Poster Session Co-chairs