Selected research topics

Analysis and control of "highly" nonlinear systems
  • B. Lai, T. Cunis and L. Burlion, "Nonlinear Trajectory Based Region of Attraction Estimation for Aircraft Dynamics Analysis", accepted to AIAA Scitech 2021.

  • T. Cunis, D. Liao-MacPherson, I. Kolmanovsky and L. Burlion, " Model-Predictive Spiral and Spin Upset Recovery Control for the Generic Transport Model Simulation”, accepted to IEEE CCTA 2020.

  • T. Cunis, J-P. Condomines and L. Burlion, "Sum-of-squares flight control synthesis for deep stall recovery", AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics, vol. 43(8), pp.1498-1511, 2020.

  • T. Cunis, J-P. Condomines and L. Burlion, "Local stability analysis for large polynomial spline systems", Automatica, vol.113, 2020. 

  • T. Cunis, J-P. Condomines, L. Burlion and A. la Cour-Harbo, "Dynamic stability analysis of aircraft flight in deep-stall", to appear in AIAA Journal of Aircraft, 2020.

  • T. Cunis, L. Burlion and J-P. Condomines, "On Piece-wise Polynomial Modeling for Control and Analysis of Aircraft Dynamics beyond Stall", AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics, vol.42(4), pp. 949-957, 2019.


Control of systems with state constraints or input saturation 

  • L. Burlion, J-M. Biannic and T. Ahmed-Ali, "Attitude tracking of a flexible spacecraft under angular velocity constraints", International Journal of Control, vol. 92(7), pp. 1524-1540, 2019.

  • L. Burlion, M. Nicotra and I. Kolmanovsky, "A fast reference governor for the constrained control of linear discrete-time systems with parametric uncertainties", in Proc. of the 57th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, (CDC 2018), pp. 6289-6294, 2018.

  • E. Chambon, L.  Burlion and P. Apkarian, "Time-response shaping using Output to Input Saturation Transformation", International Journal of  Control, vol. 91(3), pp.534-553, 2018.

  • E. Chambon, L. Burlion, and P. Apkarian, "Robust output interval constraint using O/I saturation transformation with application to uncertain linear launch vehicle ", in proc. of the European Control Conference, ECC 2015, pp. 1796-1801, 2015.

  • L. Burlion and H. de Plinval, "Keeping a Ground Point in the Camera Field of View of a Landing UAV", in proc. of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, pp.5763-5768, 2013.

  • J-M. Biannic, L. Burlion, S. Tarbouriech  and G. Garcia, "On dynamic inversion with rate limitations", American Control Conference, Montreal, pp. 191-196, June 2012.

  • L. Burlion, "A new Saturation function to convert an output constraint into an input constraint", in Proc. of the 20th Mediterranean Conference on Control and Automation, pp.1217-1222, 2012.

Vision based control and observation
  •  L. Burlion, M. Malisoff and F. Mazenc, "Stabilization for a chain of saturating integrators arising in the visual landing of aircraft with sampling", Systems & Control Letters, vol. 135, 2020.

  • L. Burlion, L. Zaccarian, H. de Plinval and S. Tarbouriech, "Discontinuous model recovery anti-windup for image based visual servoing", Automatica, vol.104, pp.41-47, 2019.

  • V. Gibert, F. Plestan, L. Burlion, J. Boada and A. Chriette, "Visual estimation of deviations for the civil aircraft landing", Control Engineering Practice, vol.75, pp.17-25, 2018.

  • L. Burlion and H. de Plinval, "Vision based anti-windup design with application to the landing of an airliner", in Proc of the 20th IFAC World Congress, Toulouse, France, 2017

  • G. Sabiron, T. Raharijaona, L. Burlion, E. Kervendal, E. Bornschlegl and F. Ruffier ,"Sub-optimal Lunar Landing GNC using Non-gimbaled Optic Flow Sensors", in IEEE Trans. on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, vol. 51( 4), pp.2525-2545, 2015.

  • V. Gibert, L. Burlion, A. Chriette, J. Boada and F. Plestan, "New pose estimation scheme in perspective vision system during civil aircraft landings", in Proc of the 11th IFAC Symposium on Robot Control, SYROCO 2015, vol.48(19), pp.238-243, 2015

  • G. Sabiron, L. Burlion, G. Jonniaux, E. Kervendal, E. Bornschlegl, T. Raharijaona, and F. Ruffier, "Backup State Observer Based on Optic Flow Applied to Lunar Landing", in proc of international conference on Intelligent RObot and Systems, IROS 2014, pp. 2325-2332, 2014

Underactuated systems control and observation 
  • J.-M. Biannic, A. Bourdelle, H. Evain, S. Moreno and L. Burlion, "On robust LPV-based observation of fuel slosh dynamics for attitude control design”, in Proc. of the 3rd IFAC Workshop on Linear Parameter Varying Systems, (LPVS 2019), vol.52(28), pp. 170-175, 2019.

  • A. Bourdelle, J-M. Biannic, H. Evain, C. Pittet, S. Moreno and L. Burlion, "Modeling and control of propellant slosh dynamics in observation spacecraft", in Proc. of the 8th European Conference for Aeronautics and Space Sciences, (EUCASS 2019), Madrid, Spain, (Best Student Paper Award in Flight Dynamics, GNC and Avionics), 2019.

  • E. Duraffourg, L. Burlion and T. Ahmed-Ali, "Finite-time observer based Backstepping control of a flexible launch vehicle”, Journal of Vibration and Control, vol. 24(2), pp. 1535-1550, 2018.

  • L. Burlion, E. Duraffourg, T. Ahmed-Ali and F. Lamnabhi-Lagarrigue, "Global asymptotic stabilization for some nonlinear models of flexible aerospace vehicles", in proc of the 52nd Conference on Decision and Control, Florence, pp.4230-4235, 2013.

  • E. Duraffourg, L. Burlion,  T. Ahmed-Ali and F. Lamnabhi-Lagarrigue, "Nonlinear control of the longitudinal rotational dynamics of a flexible aircraft", in proc of the European Control Conference, Zürich, pp.335-340, 2013.

Sampled data systems control and observation
  • T. Ahmed-Ali, E. Fridman, F. Giri, L. Burlion and F. Lamnabhi-Lagarrigue, "Using exponential time-varying gains for sampled-data stabilization and estimation", Automatica, vol.67, pp 244-251, 2016.

  • T. Folin, T. Ahmed-Ali, F. Giri, L. Burlion and F. Lamnabhi-Lagarrigue, "Sampled-Data Adaptive Observer for a Class of State-Affine Output-Injection Nonlinear Systems", in IEEE Trans. on Automatic Control, vol. 61(2), pp.462-467, 2016.

  • T. Ahmed-Ali, L. Burlion, F. Lamnabhi-Lagarrigue and C. Hann, "A sampled-data observer with time-varying gain for a class of nonlinear systems with sampled-measurements", in proc of the 53rd Conference on Decision and Control, Los Angeles, pp.316-321, 2014.

  • R. Postoyan, T. Ahmed-Ali, L. Burlion and F. Lamnabhi-Lagarrigue., "On the Lyapunov-based adaptive control redesign for a class of nonlinear sampled-data systems", Automatica, vol.44(8), pp 2099-2107, 2008.

  • L. Burlion, T. Ahmed-Ali and F. Lamnabhi-Lagarrigue, "On the stability of a class of nonlinear hybrid systems", Nonlinear Analysis: Theory, Methods and Applications, vol.65(12), 2236-2247, 2006.

  • L. Burlion, T. Ahmed-Ali and F. Lamnabhi-Lagarrigue, "On the stabilization of sampled-data nonlinear systems by using backstepping on the higher order approximate models", International Journal of Control, vol.79(9), 1087-1095, 2006.


Burlion research develops and applies nonlinear control design to uncertain systems (including large scale systems) and is motivated by aerospace applications including spacecraft, aircraft, and UAVs. Burlion has 15 years experience working with both the aerospace industry and research institutions leaders. For example, he led a project on vision based landing of aerial vehicles, at the request of Airbus between 2013 and 2017. He also worked on advanced controls for the prevention of, and the recovery from, aircraft excursions from nominal flight regimes.

At Rutgers, Burlion is setting up a new lab in which drones can perform indoor and outdoor flights.

Burlion has two rooms to prepare and test some quadcopters or vertical takeoff and landing drones. The drones are either directly bought "off the shelf " or "homemade" by graduate and undergraduate students. 

Innovative nonlinear control laws are implemented to both improve the reliability and enlarge the flight envelope of autonomous quadcopters and airplanes.

Laurent Burlion 2019