The Catholic University of America

Erion Plaku, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Pangborn 312
202-319-6465 phone
202-319-5195 fax
plaku@cua.edu

Education
B.Sc., Computer Science, State University of New York at Fredonia, Fredonia, 2000
M.Sc., Computer Science, Clarkson University, 2002
Ph.D., Computer Science, Rice University, 2008

Biography
Dr. Plaku joined the Catholic University of America as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 2010. He received the Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Rice University in 2008. After that, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics in the Department of Computer Science at Johns Hopkins University. His research focuses on motion planning and enhancing automation in
human-machine cooperative tasks in complex domains, such as robotic-assisted surgery, mobile robotics,
manipulation robotics, and hybrid systems.

Representative Publications
Erion Plaku and Gregory D. Hager, "Sampling-based Motion and Symbolic Action Planning with Geometric and Differential Constraints." IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, Anchorage, AK, 2010, pp. 5002—5008

Erion Plaku, Lydia E. Kavraki, and Moshe Y. Vardi, "Motion Planning with Dynamics by a Synergistic Combination of Layers of Planning." IEEE Transactions on Robotics, 2010, vol. 26(3), pp. 469—482
Erion Plaku, Lydia E. Kavraki, and Moshe Y. Vardi, "Hybrid Systems: From Verification to Falsification by Combining Motion Planning and Discrete Search." Formal Methods in System Design, 2009, vol. 34(2), pp. 157--182
Erion Plaku, Hernan Stamati, Cecilia Clementi, and Lydia E. Kavraki, "Fast and Reliable Analysis of Molecular Motion Using Proximity Relations and Dimensionality Reduction." Proteins: Structure, Function, and Bioinformatics, 2007, vol. 67(4), pp. 897--907
Erion Plaku and Lydia E. Kavraki, "Distributed Computation of the knn Graph for Large High-Dimensional Point Sets." Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing, 2007, vol. 67(3), pp. 346--359
Erion Plaku, Kostas E. Bekris, Brian Y. Chen, Andrew M. Ladd, and Lydia E. Kavraki, "Sampling-Based Roadmap of Trees for Parallel Motion Planning." IEEE Transactions on Robotics, 2005, vol. 21(4), pp. 587--608
Erion Plaku, Lydia E. Kavraki, and Moshe Y. Vardi, "Discrete Search Leading Continuous Exploration for Kinodynamic Motion Planning" Robotics: Science and Systems, Atlanta, Georgia, 2007, MIT Press, pp. 326--333
Erion Plaku, Kostas E. Bekris, and Lydia E. Kavraki, "OOPS for Motion Planning: An Online Open-source Programming System." IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, Rome, Italy, 2007, pp. 3711--3716