I am an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering at George Mason University.
Before joining George Mason University, I was a postdoctoral researcher in the GRASP Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania working with Prof. Vijay Kumar.
I obtained my PhD in Aerospace Engineering from University of Maryland, College Park, under the supervision of Prof. Derek Paley.

Research interests

My research interest is in the general area of autonomy, dynamics and controls, and robotics. More specifically, my work has focused on multi-agent systems including animal groups and swarms of autonomous vehicles. I am currently studying how to cooperatively control large teams of robots in various adversarial environments.

Please visit the research page for more information.


I am currently looking for motivated and talented students to work in the areas of multi-robot systems, cooperative control, game theory and security.
If you are interested in joining my research group, please contact me at dshishik [at] gmu [dot] edu and include your CV and research interests.

Picture of mosquito-inspired qudrotor swarm taken during my PhD research at University of Maryland (Photo by John Consoli)