Topcu receives NSF Early Career Development Award

Ufuk Topcu, assistant professor of aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics, was selected by the National Science Foundation for a prestigious 2017 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. The award will fund studies of ways to reduce errors during interactions between humans and autonomous systems.

ICES Professor Ufuk Topcu has been selected by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to receive a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. The awards are the most prestigious offered by NSF’s CAREER Program.

The awards provide up to five years of funding to junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of their organizations’ missions.

Topcu, assistant professor of aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics, was awarded for his project “Provably Correct Shared Control for Human-Embedded Autonomous Systems.”

Establishing provable trust is one of the most pressing bottlenecks in deploying autonomous systems at scale. Topcu’s project will help develop autonomous systems in which the human operator and autonomy protocols are equally essential components of the same system and reduce the so-called “automation surprises.”


Posted: April 5, 2017