Dan Stilwell


Professor, Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

co-Director, Center for Marine Autonomy and Robotics


Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 1999
M.S., Electrical Engineering, Virginia Tech, 1993
B.S., Computer Engineering, University of Massachusetts, 1991

Selected Honors

ONR Young Investigator Program award
Outstanding Assistant Professor, VT College of Engineering
2015 DSCD/ASME JDSMC Kalman Best Paper AwardOutstanding Assistant Seale Zone Coastal Observatory Faculty Fellow

Selected Papers

G. P. Kontoudis, S. Krauss, and D. J. Stilwell, “Model-based learning of underwater acoustic communication performance for marine robots,” Robotics and Autonomous Systems, vol. 142, p. 103811, 2021. doi:10.1016/j.robot.2021.103811.

H. J. He, A. Koppel, A. S. Bedi, D. J. Stilwell, M. Farhood, and B. Biggs, “Decentralized multi-agent exploration with limited inter-agent communications,” in Proc. IEEE International Conference on Robotics and
Automation (ICRA)
, (London, England), 2023.

D. I. Oesterheld, D. J. Stilwell, A. J. Kurdila, J. Guo, A Model Reference Adaptive Controller Based on Operator-Valued Kernel Functions, in Proc. IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, Sinapore, 2023.


Selected Projects

Large-Scale Multi-Robot Search, Office of Naval Resarch, Stilwell is sole PI.

Characterizing Variability in Pacific Northwest Methane Seeps Using a Fleet of small AUVs, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, with McNeil (PI, University of Washington Applied Physics Laboratory) and Beeson (co-PI, Oregon State University).

Planning Under Uncertainty for Advanced Sensor Networks, Office of Naval Research, with Stark (co-PI, University of Florida)

Dr. Dan Stilwell
Dr. Dan Stilwell
  • (540) 231-3204
  • stilwell@vt.edu
  • Office Location:
    3015 Torgersen Hall

    Mailing Address:
    302 Whittemore Hall
    Virginia Tech
    Blacksburg, VA 24061