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Graduate Student Owen Macmann

UC AI: We See an Ally in the Sky

By:     Ashley Duvelius
Date:  September 8, 2017

It would seem that some sci-fi movies set in the future weren’t too far off base when depicting AI as your next flight’s co-pilot. Owen Macmann, University of Cincinnati College of Engineering and Applied Science PhD student, is conducting this cutting-edge fuzzy logic research and further cultivating strategic international collaborations at the University of Bordeaux as the recent recipient of the prestigious Erasmus + International grant.

Click here to read more about Owen's fuzzy logic research and collabration with the University of Bordeaux


Kelly COhen

Dr. Kelly Cohen and Nicholas Ernest (far left)

Software program can predict treatment outcomes for patients with bipolar disorder.

Our Professor Kelly Cohen and team of University of Cincinnati researchers published the findings in the journal Bipolar Disorders. The group of engineers and medical experts used artificial intelligence to accurately predict how patients diagnosed with bipolar disorder would respond to a specific type of treatment.

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Dr. Prashant Khare

Dr. Prashant Khare Wins DCASS Presentation and Art-in-Science Awards

UC CEAS Aerospace Engineering Assistant Professor, Dr. Prashant Khare won the best presentation and the Art-in-Science (AIS) video competition awards at the 42nd Dayton-Cincinnati Aerospace Sciences Symposium (DCASS), held in Dayton on March 1, 2017.  His paper titled "Multiphysics Modeling and Simulation of Multiphase Flows" was selected for the best presentation award and his video entry “Bag Breakup of Liquid Droplets” was voted as the best video in one of the most competitive AIS competitions in DCASS history.  A framed print of the entry will be presented to Dr. Khare at the AIAA Spring Awards Banquet on May 24, 2017.

The video was created using data obtained from high-fidelity computations that Dr. Khare conducted to explore fundamental physics of multiphase flows.  The competition gave participants an opportunity to demonstrate that art and science are not distinct enterprises.

Dr. Khare’s research group at UC focuses on multiphase non-reacting and reacting fluid dynamics, high-pressure combustion, space propellants, data analytics, and high-performance computing relevant to aerospace propulsion and energy systems.  He addresses the fundamental physics (and chemistry) underlying various physical processes by conducting massively parallel high-fidelity numerical simulations (DNS/LES) and develops physics-based models, which can be leveraged for accurate and efficient engineering design and analysis.

Click here to view the video "Bag Breakup of Liquid Droplets"


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.

Go here for the article in UC Magazine


Artificial Intelligence

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.

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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.

Click here for full article showcasing Aerospace student at the SciTech 2016


Kelly Cohen

Aerospace Professor Kelly Cohen

Attack of the Drones

Article by John Stowell, Cincinnati Magazine

December 2015

our Professor Kelly Cohen continues to make headlines with his UAV research. Check out the article to see what's happening in the classroom and labs at UC Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics.

Brandon Cook

Graduate Student Brandon Cook

Former CEAS Engineer of the Month, NASA Intern, and Aerospace ACCEND student, Brandon Cook, received two prestigious awards to extend his graduate research work.

Click here to read full story on Aspiring Astronaut Brandon Cook, brings home two national awards



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


Graduate Student Tim Arnett

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.

Click here for full story by Natalie Bullock 


Nick Ernest

PhD student Nick Ernest and son

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.

Click here for the full article on Nick Ernest and his UAV research

CFD Research

Distinguished Professor Ephraim Gutmark

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.

To learn more about this CFD research click here


Dr. Cohen UAV

Associate Professsor Kelly Cohen

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.

See full story on the SIERRA project.

Alex Walker

Graduate Student Alex Walker

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.

See full story on Alex Walker and his thesis research.

University of Cincinnati Research Institute (UCRI)

The University of Cincinnati Research Institute (UCRI) is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3) serving to connect UC experts to industry partners, facilitate commercialization of research and enhance cooperative and experiential learning experiences for UC students. UCRI is also being used to develop commercial centers, through which faculty will provide services to local, regional and national organizations.  University of Cincinnati Research Institute

UC Aerospace Engineering and GE collaborate with UCRI on cutting edge aviation research.