Dr. Schumacher applauds Ernest, “I am extremely satisfied with the work that Nick Ernest and Professor Kelly Cohen are doing under this DAGSI fellowship. Nick has shown great energy and ability in developing solutions to this particularly challenging research problem, and has made great progress. His novel approach using a genetic cascading fuzzy strategy to develop autonomous control algorithms for the UAV team is very promising. We look forward to integrating Nick’s approach into our AFRL simulations later this year.”
Ernest has worked with UC and obtained a provisional patent for LETHA. His achievements only continue to accumulate and, this past July, he opened his own company, Psibernetix Inc (www.psibernetix.com). Ernest is greatly interested in continuing work at AFRL, and will also pursue other applications in both the public and private sector upon graduation from his PhD program in spring 2015.
About the SAE 2014 Aerospace Systems and Technology Conference (ASTC)
The theme for the SAE 2014 Aerospace Systems and Technology Conference (ASTC) is Propulsion, Power and Avionics - Performance through Integration. The conference combined the strength of the Power Systems Conference (PSC), Aerospace Electronics and Avionics Systems Conference (AEAS), and Counterfeit Parts Avoidance Symposium (CPAS) with new tracks for space and unmanned systems—for which Ernest presented.
The ASTC provided an open technical forum for aerospace systems professionals, especially engineers working in avionics, environmental, human factors, power systems, propulsion, safety, systems, space systems, unmanned systems, to gather valuable technical knowledge, insight, and information on emerging and applied technologies with respect to commercial, military, space, and unmanned aviation. Technical sessions, lively panel discussions, and keynote presentations were highlights of this premier event that is essential for engineers, scientists, designers, program managers, as well as government and research personnel. This event provided an invaluable opportunity for attendees to renew and develop important business relationships within the international aerospace industry.
Unlike other aerospace and defense events, this conference focused on the practical application and implementation of technology, and technology in development in commercial, military and general aviation. Participants included technical leaders such as: Boeing, Airbus, Northrop Grumman, U.S. Air Force, Honeywell, Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce, and GE.