Laboratories occupy an integral part of the overall course structure. Laboratory experience includes experimental techniques applicable to areas of fluid dynamics, structures, controls, and propulsion. Digital computer techniques are introduced early in the program and are generously used in the courses. Students gain practical experience in the application of academic studies through cooperative work in aerospace and allied industry, in government laboratories, or on research projects.
Aerospace Department Professor Kelly Cohen and Professor Manish Kumar are using artificial intelligence, called fuzzy logic, to get drones to navigate and land themselves on moving platforms. This holds promise for commercial uses such as delivering packages.
UC Aerospace Engineering Department Alumni Dr. Nick Ernest is on the cutting edge of technology with his breakthrough research and development using genetic fuzzy systems. See article below for more infomraiton on this exciting new company using Artificial Intelligence (AI).
by M.B. Reilly
photos by Lisa Ventre,
UC Creative Services
June 27, 2016
Artificial intelligence (AI) developed by a University of Cincinnati doctoral graduate was recently assessed by subject-matter expert and retired United States Air Force Colonel Gene Lee — who holds extensive aerial combat experience as an instructor and Air Battle Manager with considerable fighter aircraft expertise — in a high-fidelity air combat simulator.
The artificial intelligence, dubbed ALPHA, was the victor in that simulated scenario, and according to Lee, is “the most aggressive, responsive, dynamic and credible AI I’ve seen to date.”
Details on ALPHA – a significant breakthrough in the application of what’s called genetic-fuzzy systems are published in the most-recent issue of the Journal of Defense Management, as this application is specifically designed for use with Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles (UCAVs) in simulated air-combat missions for research purposes.
Four CEAS Aerospace PhD students (Brandon Cook, Nicholas Hanlon, Sarthak Kukreti and Anoop Sathyan) present at the 2016 AIAA SciTech Conference in San Diego.
Every January, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) hosts the SciTech Conference which showcases next-generation innovations in aerospace technologies. This year, CEAS Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics (AEEM) PhD students Brandon Cook, Nicholas Hanlon, Sarthak Kukreti and Anoop Sathyan presented their research papers on state-of-the-art advancements in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology.
Former CEAS Engineer of the Month, NASA Intern, and Aerospace ACCEND student, Brandon Cook, received two prestigious awards to extend his graduate research work.
Workhorse Group (WKHS), partners with UC Aerospace Professor Kelly Cohen in research on a drone called HorseFly. Drone technology is hoping to make an impression by showing that the future could involve drones to deliver packages while mail carriers work their normal routes.
The electric delivery truck is called Workhorse while the drone that carries the packages is called HorseFly and is a product of a years-long partnership between the company and the University of Cincinnati, which has an unmanned-vehicle research program. Click link for full article: Drone Technology at UC
Aerospace Graduate Student Timothy Arnett has been nationally recognized as a recipient of the 2015-2016 AFRL/DAGSI award for his work on Fuzzy Logic.
At UC, as both an undergraduate and graduate student, Tim has worked closely with Aerospace Professor Kelly Cohen, PhD, who has advised him as he pursues the study of dynamics and controls in applications such as aircraft autopilot algorithm.
Congratulations Tim on this exciting research.
Upon special request, Nick Ernest, UC-CEAS aerospace engineering PhD student, presented his trailblazing research on “Genetic Fuzzy Swarming UAV Air Operations” at the SAE 2014 Aerospace Systems and Technology Conference (ASTC) on September 23rd and 24th in Cincinnati, OH.
UC Research Benefits Surgeons Making Decisions on How to Help Their Patients Breathe Easier
Computational Fluid Dynamics, or CFD, uses computer algorithms to solve the flow of air or fluids for various applications.These algorithms are typically applied toward the design of aircraft as they quantify the contribution of airflow to flight requirements. While designing an aircraft, CFD is often considered both an accurate and less expensive approach before investing in building models and testing in air tunnels.
Kelly Cohen, associate professor of aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics, supervises the SIERRA project which integrates small, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) with global positioning systems, environmental data, video and fire-prediction software to give real-time information about where a fire is burning, and where it is moving. “The uniqueness in our approach is that we are exploiting UAV technology in a way which sets us apart from other universities involved in UAV technology,” said Cohen.
The SIERRA system is designed to assist firefighters to overcome a major handicap during a wildfire – the inability to see the entire fire.
Aerospace engineering student Alex Walker buys timeslot to test his thesis work, Fuzzy Logic Attitude Control of a Magnetically Actuated CubeSat, in space on the ArduSat satellite. This groundbreaking endeavor is a first for UC.
University of Cincinnati Research Institute (UCRI)
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