Growing up in India, a fascination with airplanes and flight principles is what led Kelly Cohen, University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics Professor, to study aeronautical engineering. In receiving his BS, MS, and PhD from Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Cohen was introduced to Fuzzy Logic by his PhD Advisor, Dr. Tanchum Weller, who suggested that he take a look at applying fuzzy logic for the active control of flexible space structures.
“I went on utilizing fuzzy logic extensively during my PhD studies and had numerous publications in that field of research,” said Cohen, who was recently named Interim Department Head for the CEAS Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics.
Cohen’s fuzzy logic research followed him to UC where, among many accolades and recognition, has most recently won him and Dr. Nick Ernest, his former student, the AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics) Outstanding Technical Contribution – Application Award for “the advancement and application of artificial intelligence to large scale, meaningful and challenging aerospace related problems.”
Cohen joined UC CEAS in September 2007 and has since had a research focus in the area of intelligent systems (which includes fuzzy logic based systems), UAVs and optimization. He has utilized genetic fuzzy logic based algorithms for control and decision-making applications in the area of autonomous collaborating robotics, as well as predictive modeling for personalizing medical treatment in neurological disorders.
Since 2010, Cohen has graduated six PhD students and nineteen MSc students. He has also secured $3.0 million dollars in research funding at UC. Within the past seven years, Cohen has secured grants from NSF, USAF, and NASA to develop algorithms for UAV applications.
“I worked in the early years of UAVs, they were not as popular as they are now where you can literally hear drones buzzing all around you,” Cohen said jokingly.
So far in his career, Cohen has had over 60 per reviewed archival publications and another 270 conference papers, presentations, and invited seminars.
Some of the recent awards, honors and recognitions that Cohen has received while at UC include the Neil Wandmacher Teaching Annual Award and Master Educator Award, College of Engineering and Applied Science in 2013; the Fellow of the Academy for Teaching & Learning in 2014; the AIAA Certificate for distinguished service as Chair, Intelligent Systems Technical Committee; the Distinguished Researcher Award, College of Engineering and Applied Science in 2015; and the UC Dolly A. Cohen Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2016.