I am a PhD student in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UC Santa Barbara, advised by Prof. Ramtin Pedarsani. I spent this past summer interning at Apple and spent the previous summer working at Prof. Dorsa Sadigh's ILIAD lab. I am also a member of the Center for Control, Dynamical Systems, and Computation (CCDC) at UCSB. I graduated from Washington Univ. in St. Louis in 2014 then worked in wireless communications for a couple years before joining UCSB.My research focuses on control of transportation networks, specifically when humans drivers and autonomous vehicles share roads. I seek to answer questions along the following lines. What behavior emerges when humans drivers and autonomous vehicles share roads? If granted some level of control over autonomous vehicles (either control on a high-level such as routing or at a low-level, such as the actual path planning), how can we use this to reach a ‘good’ traffic state? Answering these questions involves tools from network control, optimization, game theory, and robotics. My email is dlazar[at]ucsb[dot]edu.
D. Lazar*, E. Bıyık*, D. Sadigh, and R. Pedarsani, Learning How to Dynamically Route Autonomous Vehicles on Shared Roads.
D. A. Lazar, S. Coogan, R. Pedarsani, Routing for Traffic Networks with Mixed Autonomy, submitted.
D. Lazar, S. Coogan, and R. Pedarsani, Optimal Tolling for Heterogeneous Traffic Networks with Mixed Autonomy, to appear in the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC), 2019.
E. Bıyık, D. Lazar, D. Sadigh, and R. Pedarsani, The Green Choice: Learning and Influencing Human Decisions on Shared Roads, to appear in the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC), 2019.
E. Bıyık*, D. Lazar*, R. Pedarsani, and D. Sadigh, Altruistic Autonomy: Beating Congestion on Shared Roads, International Workshop on the Algorithmic Foundations of Robotics (WAFR), 2018.
D. Lazar, K. Chandrasekher, R. Pedarsani, D. Sadigh, Maximizing Road Capacity Using Cars that Influence People, IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC), 2018. (extended version)
D. Lazar, S. Coogan, R. Pedarsani, The Price of Anarchy for Transportation Networks with Mixed Autonomy, IEEE American Control Conference (ACC), 2018.