Corina Barbalata

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
R.O. Martin Lumber Company Professorship

PhD, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom (2017)
Marine Technology Society (MTS)
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)


Marine robotics • autonomous systems • physics and data driven dynamic modeling • model-based control systems • underwater perception and algorithms.

Biographical Sketch

Corina Barbalata is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, at Louisiana State University, United States. She is the co-director of the iCORE Laboratory and a fellow in the Coastal Studies Institute at LSU. She received a BS degree from Transilvania University of Brasov, Romania, in 2011. In 2013 through the VIsion and RoBOTics (VIBOT) program, she got her double MS degree in Computer Vision and Robotics from Heriot-Watt University (Scotland, UK) and University of Burgundy (France). She received her PhD from the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh, UK) in 2017, and between 2017 and 2019 she was a postdoctoral researcher in the Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering department at University of Michigan, United States. Dr. Barbalata and her group are working on proposing solutions for real-world robotics applications with social and environmental merits, through the combination of theoretical, computational, and experimental methods for the design new reactive capabilities for autonomous robotic systems working in complex and dynamic environments. Her research interests are in physics- and data-driven modeling of vehicle-manipulator systems, development of model-based control structures for autonomous robotic systems, and scene understanding and interpretation for robotic navigation. Her application domains are marine robotics and industrial automation.