Aerospace Engineering Colloquium

The Aerospace Engineering Colloquium (AE 598) is a required course that satisfies the professional development component of the Master of Aerospace Engineering (MAE).MAE students are required to complete nine (9) credits of colloquium participation to satisfy the degree requirements. Only students admitted into the MAE degree program are eligible to enroll in this course for credit. However, all students and faculty are welcome to attend.

Topics may include current research and advances in aerospace technology as well as other themes relevant to the professional development of aerospace engineers. To earn credit for this course, students must complete a required set of writing assignments.

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Archive: Previous Colloquia


2013 - 2014:  Autumn   Winter  Spring
2014 - 2015:  Autumn   Winter  Spring

 

Winter 2015

Mondays, 4:00 - 5:00 pm
216 Loew Hall

Faculty Coordinator: Prof. Mehran Mesbahi



January 5 - First Meeting

Colloquium Overview

Welcome and Introduction to MAE Colloquium


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January 12

Multiple Target Tracking from Airborne Cameras

The technology surrounding unmanned air vehicles has developed at a rapid pace over the past ten years. Current autopilots and autonomy modes have the potential to transform numerous industries and government services, once airspace regulation issues have been addressed. Many potential applications involve tracking features, or objects on the ground using EO/IR cameras, lidar, or radar. However, current object tracking technologies are not adequate for UAV applications. This talk will present a new multiple target tracking algorithm that is based on the random sample consensus (RANSAC) algorithm that is widely used in computer vision. A recursive version of the RANSAC algorithm will be discussed, and its extension to tracking multiple dynamic objects will be explained. In essence, the Recursive RANSAC algorithm enables multiple dynamic target tracking in the presence of significant outlier measurements. The performance of R-RANSAC will be compared to state of the art target tracking algorithms in the context of problems that are relevant to UAV applications.


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January 19

University Holiday - No Colloquium This Week

 



January 26

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  • Kioumars Najmabadi, Technical Fellow
    Boeing Commercial Aircraft - Flight Controls Systems, The Boeing Company

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February 2 - Special Meeting Time (Details TBA)

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February 9

Sample Return from Small Solar System Objects

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February 16

University Holiday - No Colloquium This Week

 



February 23

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March 2

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March 9

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