Chen Gao is currently working as a control system engineer in Honeywell Aerospace. She received her PhD in Aerospace Engineering from University of Toronto, Institute for Aerospace Studies in 2014. Her research interests focus on path planning, autonomous UAV systems, state estimation, and robotics.
Autonomous soaring surveillance in wind fields with an unmanned aerial vehicle
Small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) play an active role in developing low-cost autonomous platforms. The success of the applications needs to address the challenge of the short endurance of UAVs. Inspired by nature where birds utilize various wind patterns to stay airborne without flapping their wings, designing an autonomous soaring UAV, which can utilize its surrounding wind patterns to wisely decide the most energy-efficient path during its mission, is an interesting topic and a practical concern in real world applications.
An integration of soaring and a large-scale surveillance mission is considered in this presentation. The static and dynamic soaring and associated surveillance strategies will be introduced for different application scenarios. The bird-mimicking soaring maneuver is designed for UAVs to not only improve flight endurance by extracting energy from surrounding wind environment, but also finish the designated surveillance task and provide the dynamic surrounding wind map to allow future soaring flight.
Keywords: UAV, autonomous soaring, surveillance, dynamic wind map, energy-efficient, path planning, nonlinear controller design.
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Department of Mechanical Engineering Professor, Garrett Melenka, poses with the Grade 11 students he hosted in the Summer 2018 Semester.
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Lassonde will be hosting an open house event on November 30, 2017 to share information about our graduate studies. You can register here.
Professors at York University’s Lassonde School of Engineering have been awarded more than $2.2 million in Discovery Grants from the Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). The funds will help the researchers to further the knowledge of their respective fields for a period of five years.
In the 2017 competition, 100 per cent of the Lassonde professors who applied for a renewal and 80 per cent of the first-time applicants were successful. Recipients of the Discovery Grants are:
Alidad Amirfazli – Alidad Amirfazli, from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, is pursuing a research program titled “Fundamentals and Applications of Liquid Drop Interactions with Complex Surfaces” for which he has been granted $350,000.
These grants – based on recommendations from peer review committees containing world experts in each of 12 science and engineering fields – typically last for five years. The NSERC Discovery Grants program is very highly valued within the Canadian research community.
NSERC provides the core funding and freedom so Canada’s best researchers can pursue their most promising ideas and breakthrough discoveries – world‑firsts in knowledge.
For the entire list of successful Lassondians, and to read the entire announcement, visit the following link.