|Guidance and Control|
This area involves study and research in system theory, control theory, optimal control theory, approximation theory, time-delay observers, estimation theory, and stochastic control theory and their application to the navigation, guidance, control, and flight mechanics of aerospace vehicles.
Research is primarily analytical and numerical in nature. Excellent computational and experimental facilities are available for study of various guidance and control applications.
Area Advisor: Hull, David
Research Spotlight: Maruthi Akella
Dr. Maruthi Akella directs his research focus on two big projects: one which provides NASA with a cheaper, faster, efficient alternative to the high-grade tactical navigation sensors they currently use on their vehicles, and another which looks into autonomy, responsiveness, and hazard avoidance for vehicles in orbit or in space.