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Jie Fu

Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Florida

Fu’s lab focuses on developing intelligent and (semi-)autonomous systems through the integration of control theory, machine learning, and formal methods. At our lab, we aim to build trustworthy systems in complex decision-making and dynamic environments, in coordination with or under the supervision of human operators. The research contains several main areas: (1) Preference-aware decision making with human-on-the loop; (2) learning-enabled adaptive control and planning with complex temporal objectives; (3) game-theoretic design of provably correct autonomous systems. The applications include human-autonomy shared control, security and safety for cyber-physical systems, and cyber security.

Lab Director:

Dr. Jie Fu is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA. She received the M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering and Automaton from Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, China, in 2009, and the Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Delaware, Newark, DE, USA, in 2013. From 2013 to 2015, she was a Postdoctoral Scholar with the University of Pennsylvania. From 2016-2021, she was an Assistant Professor with the Department of Robotics Engineering, with an affiliation in Dept. of ECE, at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA,
Her research interests include Control theory, Game theory, and Formal methods.


News:

  • Jun 2022: Dr. Fu has received NSF CAREER Award $550k in support of her project “Formal Synthesis of Provably Correct Cyber-Physical Defense with Asymmetric Information.” The project will work to enhance the security and performance of cyber-physical systems, specifically autonomous robotic systems in dynamic, uncertain environments. The project continues progress made by Dr. Fu in her research area—integrated formal methods, learning, control, and game theory.
  • Feb 2022: Dr. Fu has received the 2021 DARPA Young Faculty Award and funding $500k for two years. The project is titled “Game-Theoretic Reasoning and Synthesis of Defense with Strategic Deception and Counter-Deception”. This project will be led by PI Fu. Dr. Shuo Han from the University of Illinois, Chicago will collaborate with Fu in this project as a sub-awardee.
  • Feb 2022: Congratulations to Zhentian Qian on the paper “Towards Accurate Loop Closure Detection in Semantic SLAM with 3D Semantic Covisibility Graphs” accepted at IEEE Robotics and Automation letters. The work will be presented at 2022 International Conference on Robotics and Automation.
  • Mar 2021: Our PI Jie Fu has received the 2021 Airforce Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Young Investigator Research Award: https://www.afrl.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2406086/afosr-awards-grants-to-36-scientists-and-engineers-through-its-young-investigat/ The project is titled “Toward Preference-Aware Autonomy: Specification, Synthesis, and Interactive Planning”. Please reach out to Dr. Fu if you are interested in research opportunities on this topic.
  • Aug 2021: Dr. Fu joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Florida as an Assistant Professor.
  • March. 2021: Two papers are accepted to ICRA2021. “Attention-Based Planning with Active Perception” (arXiv:2012.00053 [cs.RO])and “Semantic SLAM with Autonomous Object-Level Data Association”, arXiv:2011.10625 [cs.RO]”.
  • Sept. 2020: Our paper titled “Decoy Placement Games on Graphs with Temporal Logic Objectives” is accepted to GameSec 2020. The preprint can be found at ArXiv link.
  • Aug. 2020: Receive NSF National Robotics Initiative (NRI) award, “Collaborative Research: NRI: INT: Transparent and Intuitive Teleoperation Interfaces for the Future Nursing Robots and Workers”, PI: Jane Li (WPI), Co-PI: Cagdas Onal, Jie Fu (UF), Jeanine Skorinko (WPI) and Yunus Telliel (WPI); $731,329, 2020/09/01-2023/08/31). The interdisciplinary project is in collaboration with the Nursing Department of Worcester State University.
  • July, 2020: Our paper titled ” Learning to Locomote with Deep Neural-Network and CPG-based Control in a Soft Snake Robot” is accepted to  2020 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2020)
  • July, 2020: Our paper titled “Deceptive Labeling: Hypergames on Graphs for Stealthy Deception” is accepted to IEEE Control Systems Letters (L-CSS)  and presentation at IEEE CDC2020. Based on the insight from this paper, we are looking into design defense with deception for cyber security applications and robotic applications.
  • May, 2020: Our paper titled ‘‘Deceptive Strategy Synthesis under Action Misperception in Reachability Games’’ is accepted to IJCAI2020. The paper is one of our key research efforts for constructing a hypergame framework for games with temporal logic objectives and asymmetric information.
  • April, 2020: Paper titled “A Receding-Horizon MDP Approach for Performance Evaluation of Moving Target Defense in Networks” is accepted for presentation at, and publication in the proceedings of,  2020 IEEE Conference on Control Technology and Applications (CCTA2020).