Autonomous Cooperative Control of Emergent Systems of Systems (ACCESS) Laboratory


Autonomous Cooperative Control of Emergent Systems of Systems (ACCESS) Laboratory
Testing, Evaluation and Control of Heterogeneous Large-scale systems of Autonomous Vehicles (TECHLAV) Center
Autonomous Control and Information Technology (ACIT) Institute
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
North Carolina A&T State University
Greensboro, NC, 27411


Phone: (336) 285-3313
Fax: (336) 334-7716
E-mail: akarimod at ncat dot edu


Founded in 2013, Autonomous Cooperative Control of Emergent Systems of Systems (ACCESS) Laboratory aims to address fundamental problems in modeling, analysis, control and improvement of complex systems. Our approach at ACCESS lab is to systematically develop tools and techniques for analysis and synthesis of complex systems. We formulate such a complex systems as “Systems of Systems”, which are composed of a collection of (many) task-oriented components that together to create a new and more complex system which offers more functionality and performance through sharing the resources and capabilities. Relevant Research problems include “Cyber-physical systems”, “Cooperative and distributed control of multi-agent systems”, “Testing, evaluation, analysis, control, and decision making for large scale complex systems”, “Robotic swarms”, “Reliable and fault tolerant hybrid control systems”, “Distributed optimization and decision making for coordination of multi-agent systems”, “Human-Machine Interactions”, and “Hybrid modeling and control”. We particularly focus on the applications of the developed technologies to different domains including “Smart Agriculture”, “Teaming of Autonomous Vehicles”, “Smart Transportation Systems”, “Smart Grids”, “Space Exploration”, “Security and Reliability of Complex Systems”, “Biological systems”, “Aerial Robotics”, “Flight Control Systems”.

ACCESS Lab, as an affiliated laboratory to the TECHLAV Center and ACIT Institute, has been involved in different projects supported by Department of Defense (DoD), Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Scientific Research Corporation (SRC), General Informatics Inc (GI), as well as North Carolina A&T State University. The lists of active projects, research outcomes, and ACCESS lab's facilities are provided in this webpage. ACCESS lab is looking for collaboration with research laboratories and researchers in the field, government and military agencies as well as industries to develop and commercialize technologies for autonomy related problems.


  • Our proposal “Reliable and Flexible Teaming of Heterogeneous Autonomous Vehicles” was awarded $500,000 by DoD Army Research Office (ARO).

  • Our proposal “Data Driven Techniques for Testing and Evaluation of Unmanned and Autonomous Systems” was funded $480,000 by General Informatics Inc (GI).

  • Dr. Karimoddini delivered a technical session at the 2015 AUVSI Unmanned Systems Conference in ATLANTA, GA More…

  • Dr. Karimoddini received the 2015 Rookie of the Year Award of NC A&T State University, More …

  • Our team was awarded $5 million to research testing, evaluation and control of heterogeneous large-scale systems of autonomous vehicles More…

  • A group of sixth grade students and their teachers from Mountain Island Lake Academy (a STEM school) in Charlotte visited our robotic team.