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Advanced Dynamics, Validation & Control Research Laboratory

The need for increasingly autonomous aerospace systems for economic, strategic, and intelligence missions is well-recognized. The challenge in application of these emerging technologies, however comes from the lack of understanding of their inherently nonlinear, highly integrated, complex dynamics evolving on multiple, and sometimes mixed temporal and spatial scales. The goal of research conducted in the Advanced Dynamics, Validation & Control Research Laboratory is to bridge this gap of knowledge through breakthroughs in dynamical modeling and tools for nonlinear systems analysis. The overall research approach is to consider nonlinearities and complex dynamics as an asset; permitting increase in autonomous  system functionality than currently possible.  Read more on our research page. 


Thomas McKenna graduates with a Master of Science in Aeronautics & Astronautics!TomThesis.jpg

Posted on  9  March 2016

M.S student Thomas A. McKenna defended his thesis titled "Control for a Non-Minimum Phase Hypersonic Vehicle Model" this afternoon.

Congratulations Tom! Best wishes for all of your future endeavors.




Professor Narang's research receives the National Science Foundation CAREER Award

1 March 2016 - 28 February 2021
Total award: $500,000

Posted on  18  January 2016

Professor Narang's research proposal titled "Breakthroughs in Dynamical Modelling and Control for Reduction of Catastrophic Aviation Accidents" receives the NSF CAREER Award. The NSF CAREER Award is the National Science Foundation's most prestigious award for junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research. Read more. 

Max Spetzler receives the 2016 SciTech Best GNC Graduate Student Paper Award

Posted on  12  January 2016

PhD student and ADV-CTRL graduate research assistant, Max Spetzler's research paper titled "Local Linear Controllability and Observability Analysis of Nonlinear Systems with Continuation Methods" receives the Best Graduate Student Paper Award in Guidance, Navigation and Control. This award, sponsored by the AIAA Guidance, Navigation & Control Technical Committee, is given to the overall best paper, and presentation made at the GNC Graduate Student Paper Competition. Max, was also the recipient of the 2015 GNC Graduate Student Paper Award.
Congratulations, Max!

Armand Awad receives Graduate Student Travel Fund for Excellence and Innovation and the Graduate and Professional Student Senate Travel Grant

Posted on  8  November 2015

PhD student and ADV-CTRL graduate research assistant, Armand I. Awad Awad_pic.jpghas been awarded the Graduate Student Travel Fund for Excellence and Innovation (GSFEI) and the Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) Travel Grant to present his research paper titled "Time-scale Separation on Networks: Tracking, Consensus, and State-dependent Interactionsat the 54th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control in Osaka, Japan. 

About the program: 

The Graduate School’s Fund for Excellence and Innovation (GSFEI) provides funding assistance to campus units in support of graduate students, graduate faculty, academic and research programs, scholarly activities, and special initiatives that support and enhance graduate and undergraduate studies at the University of Washington. 

The Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) Travel Grant is given in an effort to facilitate and promote the intellectual and professional development of graduate and professional students at the University of Washington and to further contribute to the strengthening of the University and its increased prominence in the greater scholarly community through the broadening of students’ personal and academic development through exposure to the work of others elsewhere.

Congratulations, Armand!


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