Venkata Ramana Makkapati

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Doctoral Candidate
School of Aerospace Engineering
Georgia Tech

I am a PhD candidate advised by Prof. Panagiotis Tsiotras and Prof. Seth Hutchinson at Georgia Tech.

I apply techniques from optimal control, reinforcement learning, and differential games to address problems pertaining to autonomous vehicles, emphasizing safe planning and airspace security.

Previously, I worked with Dr. Matheen Siddiqui at Foresight AI Inc. on motion planning and driving decision algorithms & software. During my masters at IIT Kanpur, I worked with Dr. Mangal Kothari on pursuit-evasion games and UAV guidance techniques.

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Preprints

  1. Covariance Steering for Discrete-Time Linear-Quadratic Stochastic Dynamic Games
    V. R. Makkapati, T. Rajpurohit, K. Okamoto, and P. Tsiotras
    arXiv:2003.03045, 2020

  2. Safe Optimal Control under Parametric Uncertainties
    H. Sarabu, V. R. Makkapati, V. Comandur, P. Tsiotras, and S. Hutchinson
    arXiv:2002.11043, 2020

  3. C-DOC: Co-State Desensitized Optimal Control
    V. R. Makkapati, D. Maity, M. Dor, and P. Tsiotras
    arXiv:1910.00046, 2019

Articles

  1. Optimal Evading Strategies and Task Allocation in Multi-Player Pursuit-Evasion Problems
    V. R. Makkapati and P. Tsiotras
    Dynamic Games and Applications, 2019

  2. Nested Saturation Based Guidance Law for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
    J. Patrikar, V. R. Makkapati, A. Pattanaik, H. Parwana, and M. Kothari
    ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control, 2019

  3. Optimal Evading Strategies for Two-Pursuer/One-Evader Problems
    V. R. Makkapati, W. Sun, and P. Tsiotras
    Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics (JGCD), 2018

  4. A Comprehensive Differential Game Theoretic Solution to a Game of Two Cars
    R. Bera, V. R. Makkapati, and M. Kothari
    Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications (JOTA), 2017

  5. Pursuit-Evasion Games of High Speed Evader
    M. V. Ramana and M. Kothari
    Journal of Intelligent & Robotic Systems (JINT), 2017

  6. Pursuit Strategy to Capture High-Speed Evaders using Multiple Pursuers
    M. V. Ramana and M. Kothari
    Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics (JGCD), 2016

Proceedings, Workshops and Talks

  1. Apollonius Allocation Algorithm for Heterogeneous Pursuers to Capture Multiple Evaders [arXiv] [talk]
    V. R. Makkapati and P. Tsiotras
    Workshop on Heterogeneous Multi-Robot Task Allocation and Coordination, Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS), 2020

  2. Sequential Auto-Landing of Multiple UAVs using Control Constrained Path Following
    J. Patrikar, V. R. Makkapati, and M. Kothari
    AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference (GNC), SciTech, 2019

  3. Trajectory Desensitization in Optimal Control Problems
    V. R. Makkapati, M. Dor, and P. Tsiotras
    IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC), 2018

  4. Optimal Strategies and Task Allocation in Multi-Pursuer Single-Evader Problems
    V. R. Makkapati and P. Tsiotras
    International Symposium on Dynamic Games and Applications, 2018 (Invited Talk)

  5. Pursuit-Evasion Problems Involving Two Pursuers and One Evader
    V. R. Makkapati, W. Sun, and P. Tsiotras
    AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference (GNC), SciTech, 2018

  6. Motion Planning for a Fixed-Wing UAV in Urban Environments
    M. V. Ramana, S. A. Varma, and M. Kothari
    IFAC Conference on Advances in Control and Optimization of Dynamical Systems (ACODS), 2016

  7. A Cooperative Pursuit Strategy for a High Speed Evader
    M. V. Ramana and M. Kothari
    AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference (GNC), SciTech, 2016

  8. A Cooperative Pursuit-Evasion Game of a High Speed Evader
    M. V. Ramana and M. Kothari
    IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC), 2015

Education