TECHLAV 4th Annual Meeting

TECHLAV’s Fourth Annual Meeting is currently underway to be held from June 25, 2019 to June 26, 2019 at the University of Texas at San Antonio. The Fourth Annual Meeting stands to capitalize on the major successes of the Third Annual Meeting and further TECHLAV’s efforts in autonomy, STEM involvement amongst minority students and partnerships, groundbreaking research, and collaboration. The Fourth Annual Meeting is committed to excellence by presenting keynote speakers such as, Dr. Corey Schumacher, who serves as the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Chief Engineer for Autonomy in Motion and the Chief Technology Officer for the Autonomy Research Collaboration Network. Just as the Third Annual Meeting, which took place in Greensboro, NC at North Carolina A&T State University from May 31 to June 1, 2018, brought together outstanding researchers from academia, military, and industry, the Fourth Annual Meeting plans to accomplish that same goal. The Fourth Annual Meeting is also committed to providing TECHLAV’s recent research outcomes, updates on various tasks, and the modeling, control, testing, and the evaluation of autonomous vehicles. For any information or any questions, please contact Mrs. Shar Seyedin, the TECHLAV Program Manager at (336) 285-3260, or

Keynote Speakers

Corey J. Schumacher, Ph.D.

Air Force Research Laboratory,
University of Michigan


Corey Schumacher, Ph.D. works for the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) in the Airman Systems Directorate at Wright-Patterson AFB near Dayton, Ohio. He is currently dual-hatted as the Chief Technology Officer for ARCNET, the Autonomy Research Collaboration Network, and also as AFRL’s Chief Engineer for Autonomy in Motion. Dr. Schumacher’s work is primarily focused on improving autonomy, flexibility, and effectiveness of an unmanned aircraft, and in developing the technologies required to enable them to operate as teammates of manned aircraft in complex and uncertain combat environments.

He has worked for the Air Force Research Laboratory since 1991, and spent time in what is now the Munitions Directorate at Eglin AFB, before coming to the Air Vehicles Directorate after completing his doctorate. His research interests include flight control, nonlinear and adaptive control, cooperative control, optimization, artificial intelligence, and autonomous systems. He has more than sixty technical publications, including book chapters, journal articles, and conference papers. He was a Subject Editor for the International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control for five years.

Schumacher holds a doctorate in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan, as well as bachelors and master’s degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan, and a master’s in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee. He is a graduate of Air War College and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

Asad M. Madni, Ph.D.

Past President, COO, & CTO of BEI Technologies Inc.,
Fellow of the National Academy of Engineering


Dr. Asad M. Madni served as President, COO & CTO of BEI Technologies Inc. from 1992 until his retirement in 2006. He led the development & commercialization of intelligent sensors, systems, and instrumentation for which he has received worldwide acclaim including, the Extremely Slow Motion Servo Control System for Hubble Space Telescope’s Star Selector System which provided the Hubble with unprecedented accuracy and stability, resulting in truly remarkable images that have enhanced our understanding of the universe; and the revolutionary MEMS GyroChip® technology which is used worldwide for Electronic Stability Control and Rollover Protection in passenger vehicles, thereby saving millions of lives every year. Prior to BEI he was with Systron Donner Corporation for 18 years in senior technical & executive positions, eventually as Chairman, President & CEO. Here, he made seminal and pioneering contributions in the development of RF & Microwave Systems & Instrumentation which significantly enhanced the capabilities of the US Tri-Services and allies. He is currently, an Independent Consultant, Distinguished Adjunct Professor/Distinguished Scientist at UCLA ECE Department, Faculty Fellow at the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies, Faculty Fellow at the UCLA Connected Autonomous Electrical Vehicle Consortium, Adjunct Professor at Ryerson University, and Executive Managing Director & CTO of Crocker Capital. He received an A.A.S. from RCA Institutes Inc., B.S. & M.S. from University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Ph.D. from California Coast University, S.E. from MIT Sloan School of Management, D.Sc. (h.c.) from Ryerson University, D.Eng. (h.c.) from Technical University of Crete, Sc.D. (h.c.) from California State University and California State University Northridge, and Ph.D. degrees (h.c.) from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and from National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan. He is also a graduate of the Engineering Management Program at the California Institute of Technology, the Executive Institute and Director's College at Stanford University, and the Program on Negotiation for Senior Executives and Promoting Innovation and Organizational Change at Harvard University. He is credited with over 180 refereed publications, 69 issued or pending patents, and is the recipient of numerous national and international honors and awards including, IEEE Frederik Philips Medal, UCSD Gordon Medal for Engineering Leadership, Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Samman Gold Medal, Ellis Island Medal of Honor, IET (UK) J.J.Thomson Medal, IEEE Millennium Medal, TCI College Marconi Medal, NAE Einstein Society Award, NAE Heritage Society Medal, UCLA Professional Achievement Medal, UCLA Engineering Alumnus of the Year Award, UCLA Engineering Lifetime Contribution Award, UCLA EE Distinguished Alumni Award, IEEE-HKN Vladimir Karapetoff Award, IEEE AESS Pioneer Award, IEEE HKN Eminent Member Award, IEEE IMS Career Excellence Award and Tau Beta Pi Distinguished Alumni Award. In 2011 he was elected to the US National Academy of Engineering "for contributions to development and commercialization of sensors and systems for aerospace and automotive safety". In 2014 he was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors "for demonstrating a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society". He is a Fellow/Eminent Engineer of 15 of the world's most prestigious professional academies and societies and has been awarded six honorary professorships. In 2019, IEEE HKN named its top award “The Asad M Madni Outstanding Technical Achievement and Excellence Award” to recognize and honor his nearly 50 years of technical and philanthropic accomplishments, and visionary leadership.