Brandon Jones

Assistant Professor

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Phone: (512) 471-4743
Office: ASE 3.230

Research Areas:
Controls, Autonomy and Robotics
Orbital Mechanics

Education: Ph.D., University of Colorado Boulder

Research Interests: 

  • Orbit state and uncertainty propagation
  • Multi-target, multi-sensor tracking and filtering
  • Space situational awareness
  • Satellite navigation
  • Numerical methods and modeling

Dr. Jones' research interests are primarily in astrodynamics, particularly detection, tracking, identification, and characterization of orbital debris. Recent work leverages Bayesian multi-target filtering to account for ambiguities in data association for thousands of targets and to enable optimal scheduling of cooperative and non-cooperative sensors. In addition to work in space situational awareness, Dr. Jones is also developing tractable methods for mission design under uncertainty for satellites in highly perturbed environments.

Dr. Jones joined the department as an Assistant Professor in the spring of 2016 and his current research focuses on improving space domain awareness and robust mission design for spacecraft missions in highly perturbed environments.  Before moving to UT Austin, he was a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he also received his PhD.  Prior to starting his graduate studies, he was a contractor at the NASA Johnson Space Center and received undergraduate degrees in mathematics and physics from UT-Austin.

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