Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, ​Aeronautics and AstronauticsM.S. ​Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyB.S. ​Hope College

"Many of tomorrow's technologies will involve some form of autonomy. We need to show that these systems will be safe or they won't be practical."

Cody Harrison Fleming, Assistant Professor

Prior to joining UVA I was a graduate student in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I worked in Professor Nancy Leveson's Systems Engineering Research Lab. Before returning to get my doctorate, I worked for several years in the aerospace industry where I helped develop large satellite systems.

I grew up in Iowa, and unfortunately I will reinforce some stereotypes as my high school was in the middle of the corn field. I have since lived in Michigan, Los Angeles, Boston (twice), and now C'Ville.


  • Best Paper Award, IEEE SysCon 2018
  • INFORMS Graduate Faculty Award of Excellence, University of Virginia 2016
  • Best Paper Award, Brian Mar Best Student Paper, INCOSE International Symposium 2015
  • Northrop Grumman Recognition Award 2010
  • Dickson Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Douwe B Entema Prize, Hope College, award to top student in physics and engineering 2003
  • Alvin W. Vanderbush Award, Hope College, one of four awards given to Hope College scholar-athletes 2003

Research Interests

  • Systems Integration
  • Autonomy and Controls/Control Systems
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems
  • Smart Cities
  • Human Machine Interaction
  • Software Engineering
  • Risk and Decision Analysis
  • Algorithms
  • Transportation Applications

In the News

Selected Publications

  • Systems Theory and a Drive Towards Model-based Safety Analysis, 11th Annual IEEE International Systems Conference, special session on Theoretical Foundations of Systems Engineering (THEFOSE), Montreal, Quebec, April 2017. Fleming, C.H.
  • A Systems-theoretic Approach to Early Concept Development, SMC2016, 2016 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Budapest, Hungary, October 2016. Fleming, C.H.
  • Early Concept Development and Safety Analysis of Future Transportation Systems, IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, Vol. 17, No. 12 (2016), pp. 3512-3523. Fleming, C.H. and Leveson, N.G.
  • Improving Hazard Analysis and Certification of Integrated Modular Avionics, AIAA Journal of Aerospace Information Systems, Vol. 11, No. 6 (2014), pp. 397-411. Fleming, C.H. and Leveson, N.
  • Analysis of Complex Spacecraft Using Systems Theoretic Process Analysis, AIAA Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Vol. 51, No. 2 (2014), pp. 509-522. Ishimatsu, T., Leveson, N.G., Thomas, J.P., Fleming, C.H., Katahira, M., Miyamoto, Y., Ujiie, R., Nakao, H. and Hoshino, N.

Courses Taught

  • Concepts of Systems Engineering Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
  • Concepts of Collaborative Autonomy Spring 2016
  • Cyber-physical Systems Special Topic Spring 2017, Spring 2016

Featured Grants & Projects

  • Safety-Critical Wireless Mobile Systems

    The age of autonomous mobile systems is dawning -- from autonomous cars to household robots to aerial drones -- and they are expected to transform multiple industries and have significant impact on the US economy. Through wireless coordination, these systems create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. The approach is to develop a framework for joint modeling and analysis of motion and communication in order to find provably safe coordination paths. See the link to the NSF abstract.

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