Avishai Weiss

Avishai Weiss
  • Biography

    Avishai's doctoral research was on spacecraft orbital and attitude control. Prior to the University of Michigan, he studied at Stanford University, where he received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics. Avishai's interests are in constrained control, model predictive control, and time-varying systems.

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  • MERL Publications

    •  Aguilar Marsillach, D., Di Cairano, S., Kalabic, U., Weiss, A., "Fail-Safe Spacecraft Rendezvous on Near-Rectilinear Halo Orbits", American Control Conference (ACC), May 2021.
      BibTeX TR2021-054 PDF
      • @inproceedings{AguilarMarsillach2021may,
      • author = {Aguilar Marsillach, Daniel and Di Cairano, Stefano and Kalabic, Uros and Weiss, Avishai},
      • title = {Fail-Safe Spacecraft Rendezvous on Near-Rectilinear Halo Orbits},
      • booktitle = {American Control Conference (ACC)},
      • year = 2021,
      • month = may,
      • url = {https://www.merl.com/publications/TR2021-054}
      • }
    •  Kalabic, U., Weiss, A., Chiu, M., "Orbit Verification of Small Sat Constellations", IEEE International Conference on Blockchain and Cryptocurrency (ICBC), DOI: 10.1109/​ICBC51069.2021.9461065, May 2021.
      BibTeX TR2021-040 PDF
      • @inproceedings{Kalabic2021may,
      • author = {Kalabic, Uros and Weiss, Avishai and Chiu, Michael},
      • title = {Orbit Verification of Small Sat Constellations},
      • booktitle = {IEEE International Conference on Blockchain and Cryptocurrency (ICBC)},
      • year = 2021,
      • month = may,
      • doi = {10.1109/ICBC51069.2021.9461065},
      • url = {https://www.merl.com/publications/TR2021-040}
      • }
    •  Kalabic, U., Weiss, A., Chiu, M., "Distributed Small Sat Location Verification", Integrated Communications Navigation and Surveillance (ICNS) Conference, DOI: 10.1109/​ICNS52807.2021.9441603, April 2021.
      BibTeX TR2021-033 PDF
      • @inproceedings{Kalabic2021apr,
      • author = {Kalabic, Uros and Weiss, Avishai and Chiu, Michael},
      • title = {Distributed Small Sat Location Verification},
      • booktitle = {Integrated Communications Navigation and Surveillance (ICNS) Conference},
      • year = 2021,
      • month = apr,
      • doi = {10.1109/ICNS52807.2021.9441603},
      • url = {https://www.merl.com/publications/TR2021-033}
      • }
    •  Hayashi, N., Weiss, A., Di Cairano, S., "Model Predictive Control Approach for Autonomous Sun-Synchronous Sub-Recurrent Orbit Control", AIAA SciTech, DOI: https:/​/​doi.org/​10.2514/​6.2021-1953, January 2021.
      BibTeX TR2021-005 PDF
      • @inproceedings{Hayashi2021jan,
      • author = {Hayashi, Naohiro and Weiss, Avishai and Di Cairano, Stefano},
      • title = {Model Predictive Control Approach for Autonomous Sun-Synchronous Sub-Recurrent Orbit Control},
      • booktitle = {AIAA SciTech},
      • year = 2021,
      • month = jan,
      • publisher = {AIAA},
      • doi = {https://doi.org/10.2514/6.2021-1953},
      • url = {https://www.merl.com/publications/TR2021-005}
      • }
    •  Aguilar Marsillach, D., Di Cairano, S., Weiss, A., "Abort-Safe Spacecraft Rendezvous in case of Partial Thrust Failure", IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC), DOI: 10.1109/​CDC42340.2020.9303782, December 2020, pp. 1490-1495.
      BibTeX TR2020-175 PDF
      • @inproceedings{AguilarMarsillach2020dec,
      • author = {Aguilar Marsillach, Daniel and Di Cairano, Stefano and Weiss, Avishai},
      • title = {Abort-Safe Spacecraft Rendezvous in case of Partial Thrust Failure},
      • booktitle = {IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC)},
      • year = 2020,
      • pages = {1490--1495},
      • month = dec,
      • publisher = {IEEE},
      • doi = {10.1109/CDC42340.2020.9303782},
      • url = {https://www.merl.com/publications/TR2020-175}
      • }
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  • Other Publications

    •  Avishai Weiss, Ilya Kolmanovsky, Dennis S. Bernstein and Amit Sanyal, "Inertia-Free Spacecraft Attitude Control Using Reaction Wheels", Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 36, No. 5, pp. 1425-1439, 2013.
      BibTeX
      • @Article{Weiss2013,
      • author = {Weiss, Avishai and Kolmanovsky, Ilya and Bernstein, Dennis S. and Sanyal, Amit},
      • title = {Inertia-Free Spacecraft Attitude Control Using Reaction Wheels},
      • journal = {Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics},
      • year = 2013,
      • volume = 36,
      • number = 5,
      • pages = {1425--1439},
      • publisher = {American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics}
      • }
    •  A. Weiss, M. Baldwin, C. Petersen, R. S. Erwin and I. Kolmanovsky, "Spacecraft Constrained Maneuver Planning for Moving Debris Avoidance Using Positively Invariant Constraint Admissible Sets", Proceedings of the American Control Conference, June 2013.
      BibTeX
      • @Inproceedings{weissDebris2013,
      • author = {Weiss, A. and Baldwin, M. and Petersen, C. and Erwin, R. S. and Kolmanovsky, I.},
      • title = {Spacecraft Constrained Maneuver Planning for Moving Debris Avoidance Using Positively Invariant Constraint Admissible Sets},
      • booktitle = {Proceedings of the American Control Conference},
      • year = 2013,
      • address = {Washington, DC},
      • month = jun
      • }
    •  K. Agarwal, A. Weiss, I. Kolmanovsky and D. S. Bernstein, "Inertia-Free Spacecraft Attitude Control with Control-Moment-Gyro Actuation", Proc. AIAA Guid. Nav. Contr. Conf., August 2012, pp. AIAA-2012-5003-282.
      BibTeX
      • @Inproceedings{CMGGNC2012,
      • author = {Agarwal, K. and Weiss, A. and Kolmanovsky, I. and Bernstein, D. S.},
      • title = {Inertia-Free Spacecraft Attitude Control with Control-Moment-Gyro Actuation},
      • booktitle = {Proc. AIAA Guid. Nav. Contr. Conf.},
      • year = 2012,
      • pages = {AIAA--2012--5003--282},
      • address = {Minneapolis, MN},
      • month = aug,
      • note = {AIAA-2012-5003-282}
      • }
    •  A. Weiss, G. Cruz, K. Agarwal, Y. Rahman, M. Medikeri, A. Xie, M. Camblor, I. Kolmanovsky and D. S. Bernstein, "Inertia-Free Attitude Control Laws Based on Rotation Matrices for Spacecraft with Torquers, Thrusters, and Wheels", Proc. Itzhack Y. Bar-Itzhack Memorial Symposium on Estimation, Navigation, and Spacecraft Control, October 2012, pp. 322-391.
      BibTeX
      • @Inproceedings{Weiss2012,
      • author = {Weiss, A. and Cruz, G. and Agarwal, K. and Rahman, Y. and Medikeri, M. and Xie, A. and Camblor, M. and Kolmanovsky, I. and Bernstein, D. S.},
      • title = {Inertia-Free Attitude Control Laws Based on Rotation Matrices for Spacecraft with Torquers, Thrusters, and Wheels},
      • booktitle = {Proc. Itzhack Y. Bar-Itzhack Memorial Symposium on Estimation, Navigation, and Spacecraft Control},
      • year = 2012,
      • pages = {322--391},
      • address = {Haifa, Israel},
      • month = oct
      • }
    •  Avishai Weiss, Ilya Kolmanovsky and Dennis S. Bernstein, "Forward-Integration Riccati-Based Feedback Control of Magnetically Actuated Spacecraft", AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference, 2012, pp. AIAA-2012-5042-137.
      BibTeX
      • @Inproceedings{firmag,
      • author = {Weiss, Avishai and Kolmanovsky, Ilya and Bernstein, Dennis S.},
      • title = {Forward-Integration Riccati-Based Feedback Control of Magnetically Actuated Spacecraft},
      • booktitle = {AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference},
      • year = 2012,
      • pages = {AIAA--2012--5042--137}
      • }
    •  Avishai Weiss, Ilya Kolmanovsky, Morgan Baldwin, R. Scott Erwin and Dennis S. Bernstein, "Forward-Integration Riccati-Based Feedback Control for Spacecraft Rendezvous Maneuvers on Elliptic Orbits", Proc. Conf. Dec. Contr, December 2012, pp. 1752 - 1757.
      BibTeX
      • @Inproceedings{forriccdc,
      • author = {Weiss, Avishai and Kolmanovsky, Ilya and Baldwin, Morgan and Erwin, R. Scott and Bernstein, Dennis S.},
      • title = {Forward-Integration Riccati-Based Feedback Control for Spacecraft Rendezvous Maneuvers on Elliptic Orbits},
      • booktitle = {Proc. Conf. Dec. Contr},
      • year = 2012,
      • pages = {1752 -- 1757},
      • address = {Maui, HI},
      • month = dec
      • }
    •  M. Baldwin, A. Weiss, I. Kolmanovsky and R. S. Erwin, "Spacecraft Debris Avoidance using Positively Invariant Constraint Admissible Sets", Proceedings of AAS Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, 2012, pp. Paper AAS 12-250.
      BibTeX
      • @Inproceedings{ref:baldwin,
      • author = {Baldwin, M. and Weiss, A. and Kolmanovsky, I. and Erwin, R. S.},
      • title = {Spacecraft Debris Avoidance using Positively Invariant Constraint Admissible Sets},
      • booktitle = {Proceedings of AAS Space Flight Mechanics Meeting},
      • year = 2012,
      • pages = {Paper AAS 12--250},
      • address = {Charleston, South Carolina}
      • }
    •  A. Weiss, M. Baldwin, R. S. Erwin and I. Kolmanovsky, "Spacecraft Constrained Maneuver Planning using Positively Invariant Constraint Admissible Sets", Proc. Itzhack Y. Bar-Itzhack Memorial Symposium on Estimation, Navigation, and Spacecraft Control, October 2012.
      BibTeX
      • @Inproceedings{ref:debrisBarSym,
      • author = {Weiss, A. and Baldwin, M. and Erwin, R. S. and Kolmanovsky, I.},
      • title = {Spacecraft Constrained Maneuver Planning using Positively Invariant Constraint Admissible Sets},
      • booktitle = {Proc. Itzhack Y. Bar-Itzhack Memorial Symposium on Estimation, Navigation, and Spacecraft Control},
      • year = 2012,
      • address = {Haifa, Israel},
      • month = oct
      • }
    •  A. Weiss, I. Kolmanovsky, M. Baldwin and R. S. Erwin, "Model Predictive Control of Three Dimensional Spacecraft Relative Motion", Proceedings of the American Control Conference, June 2012, pp. 173-178.
      BibTeX
      • @Inproceedings{weisserwin,
      • author = {Weiss, A. and Kolmanovsky, I. and Baldwin, M. and Erwin, R. S.},
      • title = {Model Predictive Control of Three Dimensional Spacecraft Relative Motion},
      • booktitle = {Proceedings of the American Control Conference},
      • year = 2012,
      • pages = {173--178},
      • address = {Montreal, Canada},
      • month = jun
      • }
    •  A. Weiss, I. Kolmanovsky and D. S. Bernstein, "Forward-Integration Riccati-Based Output-Feedback Control of Linear Time-Varying Systems", Proc. Amer. Conf. Contr, June 2012, pp. 6708-6714.
      BibTeX
      • @Inproceedings{weisskolmbern,
      • author = {Weiss, A. and Kolmanovsky, I. and Bernstein, D. S.},
      • title = {Forward-Integration Riccati-Based Output-Feedback Control of Linear Time-Varying Systems},
      • booktitle = {Proc. Amer. Conf. Contr},
      • year = 2012,
      • pages = {6708--6714},
      • address = {Montreal, Canada},
      • month = jun
      • }
    •  Avishai Weiss, Frederick Leve, Ilya Kolmanovsky and Moriba Jah, "Reaction Wheel Parameter Identification and Control through Receding Horizon-Based Null Motion Excitation", Proc. Itzhack Y. Bar-Itzhack Memorial Symposium on Estimation, Navigation, and Spacecraft Control, October 2012.
      BibTeX
      • @Inproceedings{weissreaction,
      • author = {Weiss, Avishai and Leve, Frederick and Kolmanovsky, Ilya and Jah, Moriba},
      • title = {Reaction Wheel Parameter Identification and Control through Receding Horizon-Based Null Motion Excitation},
      • booktitle = {Proc. Itzhack Y. Bar-Itzhack Memorial Symposium on Estimation, Navigation, and Spacecraft Control},
      • year = 2012,
      • address = {Haifa, Israel},
      • month = oct
      • }
    •  A. Weiss, I. Kolmanovsky and D. S. Bernstein, "Inertia-Free Attitude Control of Spacecraft with Unknown Time-Varying Mass Distribution", Proc. 62nd IAC, October 2011, pp. IAC-11-C1.5.9.
      BibTeX
      • @Inproceedings{AviTVinertiaIAC2011,
      • author = {Weiss, A. and Kolmanovsky, I. and Bernstein, D. S.},
      • title = {Inertia-Free Attitude Control of Spacecraft with Unknown Time-Varying Mass Distribution},
      • booktitle = {Proc. 62nd IAC},
      • year = 2011,
      • pages = {IAC--11--C1.5.9},
      • address = {Cape Town, South Africa},
      • month = oct,
      • note = {IAC-11-C1.5.9}
      • }
    •  Gerardo Cruz, Xuebo Yang, Avishai Weiss, Ilya Kolmanovsky and Dennis S. Bernstein, "Torque-saturated, inertia-free spacecraft attitude control", AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference, 2011, pp. AIAA-2011-6507-816.
      BibTeX
      • @Inproceedings{cruz2011torque,
      • author = {Cruz, Gerardo and Yang, Xuebo and Weiss, Avishai and Kolmanovsky, Ilya and Bernstein, Dennis S.},
      • title = {Torque-saturated, inertia-free spacecraft attitude control},
      • booktitle = {AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference},
      • year = 2011,
      • pages = {AIAA--2011--6507--816}
      • }
    •  Avishai Weiss, Ilya Kolmanovsky and Walter Merrill, "Incorporating Risk into Control Design for Emergency Operation of Turbo-Fan Engines", Proc. AIAA Infotech@Aerospace, 2011, pp. AIAA-2011-1591.
      BibTeX
      • @Inproceedings{weiss2011incorporating,
      • author = {Weiss, Avishai and Kolmanovsky, Ilya and Merrill, Walter},
      • title = {Incorporating Risk into Control Design for Emergency Operation of Turbo-Fan Engines},
      • booktitle = {Proc. AIAA Infotech@Aerospace},
      • year = 2011,
      • pages = {AIAA--2011--1591}
      • }
    •  A. Weiss, X. Yang, I. Kolmanovsky and D. S. Bernstein, "Inertia-Free Spacecraft Attitude Control with Reaction-Wheel Actuation", AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference, 2010, pp. AIAA-2010-8297.
      BibTeX
      • @Inproceedings{weiss,
      • author = {Weiss, A. and Yang, X. and Kolmanovsky, I. and Bernstein, D. S.},
      • title = {Inertia-Free Spacecraft Attitude Control with Reaction-Wheel Actuation},
      • booktitle = {AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference},
      • year = 2010,
      • pages = {AIAA--2010--8297}
      • }
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  • MERL Issued Patents

    • Title: "System and Method for Controlling Lateral Motion of Vehicle"
      Inventors: Berntorp, Karl; Weiss, Avishai; Danielson, Claus; Di Cairano, Stefano
      Patent No.: 10,994,729
      Issue Date: May 4, 2021
    • Title: "System and Method for GNSS Ambiguity Resolution"
      Inventors: Berntorp, Karl; Weiss, Avishai; Di Cairano, Stefano
      Patent No.: 10,976,444
      Issue Date: Apr 13, 2021
    • Title: "MODEL PREDICTIVE CONTROL OF SPACECRAFT"
      Inventors: Weiss, Avishai; Zlotnik, David; Di Cairano, Stefano
      Patent No.: 10,967,991
      Issue Date: Apr 6, 2021
    • Title: "Model Predictive Control of Spacecraft"
      Inventors: Weiss, Avishai; Di Cairano, Stefano; Caverly, Ryan
      Patent No.: 10,934,025
      Issue Date: Mar 2, 2021
    • Title: "Systems and Methods for On-Orbit Fabrication of Structures by 3D Printing"
      Inventors: Yerazunis, William S.; Weiss, Avishai; Wang, Bingnan
      Patent No.: 10,906,290
      Issue Date: Feb 2, 2021
    • Title: "Loose Optical Fiber Tethering Of Multiple Satellites"
      Inventors: Parsons, Kieran; Weiss, Avishai; Orlik, Philip V.; Di Cairano, Stefano
      Patent No.: 10,892,826
      Issue Date: Jan 12, 2021
    • Title: "MODEL PREDICTIVE CONTROL OF SPACECRAFT"
      Inventors: Weiss, Avishai; Zlotnik, David; Di Cairano, Stefano
      Patent No.: 10,875,669
      Issue Date: Dec 29, 2020
    • Title: "Concurrent Station Keeping, Attitude Control, and Momentum Management of Spacecraft"
      Inventors: Weiss, Avishai; Di Cairano, Stefano; Walsh, Alex
      Patent No.: 10,180,686
      Issue Date: Jan 15, 2019
    • Title: "Methods and Systems for Path Planning Using a Network of Safe-Sets"
      Inventors: Danielson, Claus; Weiss, Avishai; Berntorp, Karl; Di Cairano, Stefano
      Patent No.: 10,012,988
      Issue Date: Jul 3, 2018
    • Title: "System and Method for Controlling Vehicle using Neural Network"
      Inventors: Berntorp, Karl; Liu, Ming-Yu; Weiss, Avishai
      Patent No.: 9,989,964
      Issue Date: Jun 5, 2018
    • Title: "Model Predictive Control with Uncertainties"
      Inventors: Di Cairano, Stefano; Weiss, Avishai
      Patent No.: 9,983,554
      Issue Date: May 29, 2018
    • Title: "Model Predictive Control of Spacecraft"
      Inventors: Weiss, Avishai; Di Cairano, Stefano; Kalabic, Uros
      Patent No.: 9,874,879
      Issue Date: Jan 23, 2018
    • Title: "Model Predictive Control of Spacecraft"
      Inventors: Weiss, Avishai; Di Cairano, Stefano; Kalabic, Uros
      Patent No.: 9,764,858
      Issue Date: Sep 19, 2017
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