Connor Boss, a graduate student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering will receive the Virtual Graduate Fellowship Award from Michigan Space Grant Consortium (MSGC). Congratulations!
Boss is currently supervised by Dr. Vaibhav Srivastava, assistant professor of ECE. He will use this fellowship to develop algorithms for cooperative air and ground based robotic teams that will enable efficient planetary exploration. Cooperative planetary exploration missions between unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and ground based rovers, such as the Mars 2020 mission, provide a number of benefits as well as challenges. The UAV can provide detailed maps of the terrain to enable safe trajectory generation for the rover as well as investigate potential areas of interest for deeper investigation by the rover. These operations will be conducted in uncertain environments, requiring robust control methods. It may be necessary for the UAV to achieve a coordinated landing on the rover, potentially to recharge, or deposit samples. Boss will focus on solving the problem of landing a UAV on a moving rover in these uncertain environments. The team will leverage their expertise in UAV control design and implementation to ensure these control objectives are met. They will further provide analysis guaranteeing performance metrics and a stable landing.
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