Ciao! Welcome to our lab!

The Control, Intelligent Autonomy/Robots and Optimization Researchย Lab consists of both undergraduate and graduate students in electrical engineering and robotics under the supervision of Dr. Ningshi Yao in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the George Mason University.

The research areas our group is actively engaged with are control theory, real-time scheduling, human-robot interaction/teaming, mixed integer optimization for resource allocation, bio-inspired robotics and autonomy, machine learning, and cyber-physical human systems.


Dr. Ningshi Yao is an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at George Mason University. She received her PhD from the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology in 2020, and the BS in Automatic Control from Zhejiang University, China, in 2014. Prior to joining Mason, she was a postdoctoral research fellow at Georgia Institute of Technology from November 2020 to July 2021. Her research interests include real-time scheduling, control theory, cyber-physical systems, machine learning and human-robot interaction.

I am looking for motivated students interested in control theory, AI and robotics research. Ciao lab will have 2 new PhD openings in Spring and Fall 2024. If you are interested, please feel free to email me atย nyao4 at gmu dot edu.





Scrimmage GMU VS Lehigh

The GMU blimp squad team went to Lehigh university on August 16 and 17 for a scrimmage game with Lehigh Blimps team. Both teams have tested their most recent developments and had a successful game. Read more…

End of Summer Outing Event

It has been a productive and fruitful summer. The “Dragon” team of Defend The Republic project has implemented the first version of Braitenberg Blimps. Check out our video from our youtube channel. Thank you all Read more…

RAL paper Acceptance

Our paper entitled โ€œDesign, Implementation, and Observer-based Output Control of a Super-coiled Polymer-Driven Two Degree-of-Freedom Robotic Eyeโ€ by Sunil Kumar Rajendran, Dr. Ningshi Yao, and our collaborator Dr. Qi Wei and Dr. Feitian Zhang has Read more…

IROS Paper Acceptance

Our paper entitled “See What a Strabismus Patient Sees Using Eye Robotsโ€ by Yidi Huang, Dr. Ningshi Yao, and our collaborator Dr. Qi Wei and Dr. Joseph L. Demer was accepted by the 2023 IEEE/RSJ Read more…

Contact us

Thanks for your interest in Ciao Lab. We are always looking for talented students and collaborators. Please feel free to send email to Dr. Yao or stop by at her office (ENGR 3241).


3241, ENGR Building, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA, 22030

Email: nyao4 at gmu dot edu

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