Lilly Clark

PhD Candidate at USC

Networks | Robots | Space

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I'm a PhD Candidate in Electrical Engineering at the University of Southern California in the Autonomous Networks Research Group, where I'm advised by Prof Bhaskar Krishnamachari and Prof Konstantinos Psounis. I'm funded by a NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship, and my research is in radio localization and communication-aware exploration for networks of robots, with applications in subsurface space exploration. I received my M.S. in Electrical Engineering from USC in 2020 and my B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from MIT in 2018.


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ACHORD: Communication-Aware Multi-Robot Coordination with Intermittent Connectivity. IROS 2022 (pdf).
PropEM-L: Radio Propagation Environment Modeling and Learning for Communication-Aware Multi-Robot Exploration. RSS 2022 (pdf).
A Queue-Stabilizing Framework for Networked Multi-Robot Exploration. ICRA 2021 (pdf) (more).
TEAM: Trilateration for Exploration and Mapping. Ubiquitous Robots 2021 (pdf).
Inter-Mobile-Device Distance Estimation Using Network Localization Algorithms for Digital Contact Logging Applications. Smart Health 2020 (pdf).
A Blockchain-based Reputation System for Small Satellite Relay Networks. IEEE Aerospace 2020 (pdf).
Privacy-Utility Trades in Crowdsourced Signal Map Obfuscation. Computer Networks 2022 (link).

Select Presentations

First Place - Graph Convolutional Network-based Scheduler for Distributing Computation in the Internet of Robotic Things. CPS-IoT Week Student Design Competition on Networked Computing on the Edge, Virtual, May 2022.
Best Poster Award - Using Network Localization Algorithms for Digital Contact Logging Applications. N2Women Workshop at SIGCOMM 2020, Virtual, August 2020.


NASA JPL - Visiting Researcher @ Robotic Aerial Mobility

Communications for TEAM CoSTAR competing in the DARPA SubT Challenge.

Hedron (formerly Analytical Space) - Network Engineering Intern

Routing and scheduling for a delay-tolerant satellite network.


NASA Goddard - Visiting Researcher @ Attitude Control Systems

Risk-aware decision-making for a hopping lunar robot.


Aerospace Corporation - Matthew Isakowitz Fellow @ Communication Architectures & Design

Reputation-aware routing in small sat networks.


Maxar (formerly Space Systems/Loral) - Brooke Owens Fellow @ Mission Systems Engineering

Robotic servicing and signal/interference optimization.

MIT LIDS - Undergraduate Researcher @ Communications and Networks Research Group

Distributed coordinate functions on software-defined radios.


NASA JPL - Intern @ Systems Engineering

Telecommunications for the Next Mars Orbiter.


Thales Alenia Space - Intern @ Testbed Engineering

GUI for satellite testbed simulation.


MIT CSAIL - Undergraduate Researcher @ Model-based Embedded Robotic Systems

User interface for multi-robot missions.

I was a Matthew Isakowitz Fellow in 2019 and a Brooke Owens Fellow in 2018. Happy to chat about either!
I organize monthly seminars for the USC PhD Women and gender minorities in Computing Club (WinCC), and I'm a mentor through the Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) program.
In spring 2020, I was a teaching assistant for EE250: Distributed Systems and the Internet of Things.
In my free time, I conduct interviews for Robohub's Podcast.