Kevin Buck

Mentor: Dr. Mrinal Kumar
College of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
"As an undergraduate who is looking to pursue a career in research, this opportunity allows me to gain experience in a high impact field that greatly interests me. The potential influence of research in this field is very exciting and motivational for me."


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering



Research Interests

  • Nonlinear Random Dynamical Systems
  • Space Situational Awareness (SSA)
  • Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR)

Academic Awards

  • Florida Bright Futures 2011-Current
  • University Scholars Program 2015-2016


  • Stochastic Systems Laboratory


  • Penny Project

Hobbies and Interests

  • Rock Climbing
  • Fishing
  • Camping
  • Ping Pong

Research Description

Advanced Particle Methods for Tracking Applications
An important problem in the area of dynamics, control and decision-making is the simultaneous tracking of multiple targets whose motion is typically governed by nonlinear equations. Several fundamental challenges, in particular, nonlinearity, high dimensionality and uncertainty have prevented the development of exact solutions for this problem. With the rapid increase in available computational power, new methods built around the "particle paradigm" are becoming more popular. In the proposed research, we will focus on particle filters with Markov Chain Monte Carlo moves in the application for ground radar tracking. We will explore how robust these filters are under the effect of a low probability of detection.