Diaz-Mercado, Yancy

Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
3135 Martin Hall, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742
Research Interests 
Dr. Diaz is interested in the control and coordination of multi-agent systems using control theory, optimization, and graph theory. In particular, he is interested in developing theoretically sound scalable control solutions that enable simple control of large networked systems and apply these to facilitate robot swarm manipulation.
Background Info 
Yancy Diaz-Mercado earned his Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2016, and his M.S. from the same institution in 2014. He graduated magna cum laude in 2011 with a B.S. from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. His research interests include control and coordination of multi-agent systems, robotics, and human-swarm interactions. Before joining the faculty at the University of Maryland College Park in 2018, Dr. Diaz was a senior professional engineer with the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. As a member of the Advanced Concepts section within the Guidance, Navigation, and Controls group, Dr. Diaz had a diverse portfolio of research endeavors including trajectory prediction for highly capable kinematic vehicles, atmospheric turbulence metrology via adaptive optics, and extracting algorithms from human-generated data using artificial intelligence and game theory, among others.
As a graduate student at Georgia Tech, Dr. Diaz collaborated on multiple projects with a number of different research labs, most resulting in peer-reviewed publications. These include: obtaining real time globally optimal path planners with the School of Mathematics at Georgia Tech; trajectory generation for next generation air traffic control with the School of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech and Rockwell Collins, Inc.; multi-robot motion planning using braids and temporal logic with the HyNeSs Lab at Boston University; and a brain-swarm control implementation with the SIPLab at Georgia Tech.
Dr. Diaz has been the recipient of multiple prestigious fellowships including the Alfred P. Sloan foundation research scholarship and the GEM fellowship. He also holds a patent and a book chapter for his work in human-swarm interactions.


Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia

M.S., Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia

B.S., University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico