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DCL Seminar: Mazen Farhood - Robust Control Tools for Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Event Type
Decision and Control Laboratory, Coordinated Science Laboratory
CSL Auditorium, Room B02
Apr 6, 2016   3:00 pm  
Mazen Farhood, Ph.D. Virginia Tech
Linda Meccoli
Originating Calendar
CSL Decision and Control Group

Decision and Control Lecture Series

Coordinated Science Laboratory


 “Robust Control Tools for Unmanned Aircraft Systems”


Mazen Farhood, Ph.D.

Virginia Tech


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

CSL Auditorium (B02)



“Robust Control Tools for Unmanned Aircraft Systems” 



One of the challenges associated with small fixed-wing unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) is operating effectively in the presence of wind, as they are affected much more dramatically than traditional aircraft by what may be considered small environmental disturbances. This talk focuses on the design and analysis of flight control systems for small fixed-wing UAS, and is concerned with UAS applications that require tracking dynamically feasible trajectories as well as following geometric paths. In particular, the talk concentrates on applying linear matrix inequality (LMI) based control approaches that use the L2-induced norm as the performance measure, and assessing the capability of these methods in forcing a small fixed-wing UAS to closely track concatenated primitive trajectories, as well as geometric paths, under relatively significant wind conditions. A robust analysis framework for the mathematical validation of flight control systems will also be presented. This framework is specifically developed for the uncertainty characterization, quantification, and analysis of small fixed-wing UAS, and utilizes an analytical approach based on integral quadratic constraint (IQC) analysis methods.



Mazen Farhood is an Associate Professor in the Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering at Virginia Tech. His previous positions, before joining Virginia Tech in 2008, include scientific researcher at the Delft Center for Systems and Control, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, and postdoctoral fellow at Georgia Tech’s School of Aerospace Engineering. He received the M.S. degree in 2001, and the Ph.D. degree in 2005, both in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His areas of current research interest include reliability analysis of UAS flight control systems, controlled maneuvers and tracking along trajectories, motion planning of agile vehicles, cooperative control of multi-vehicle systems, and model complexity reduction. He received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2014.

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