Mentor: Dr. Warren Dixon
College of Engineering
"I applied to the Scholars program because I wanted to further the research I had been doing voluntarily. I really enjoy working with Dr. Warren Dixon and his graduate students and I want to contribute to the lab by formulating and solving my own practical control objective."
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Autonomous control of unmanned aerial vehicles and unmanned vehicle networks
Vice President Internal of UF's chapter of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
Teaching assistant for mechanics of materials lab
Quadcopter research through the machine intelligence lab (MIL); building an autonomous quadcopter capable of networking with other vehicles
- Volunteered in the nonlinear controls lab and assisted the graduate students with modeling their control problems
- American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics: outreach events to kids in grades K-12 to help promote the importance of science and math such as Engineering Week, Aerospace Day, and Engineering Fair
Hobbies and Interests
- Building things
- Playing soccer
Cooperative Control of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles During Vision Based Tracking
My focus is on developing a control algorithm to dictate the movement and location of multiple unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in following a dispersing crowd given physical limitations, vehicle dynamics, and networking requirements. Each UAV will have a camera mounted to it where each camera will have its own physical limitations such as focal length or angle of view. All UAVs will also have wireless communication capabilities that contain limitations on range. These physical restrictions on the scenario will differ throughout the experiment to test the quality of the algorithm under varying conditions. Although we hope to develop some kind of physical test bed, most of the testing will be modeled using the computer program Simulink. The UAVs used in the experiment will be a quadrotor helicopters. These vehicles have several real-world applications, such as in military practices, specifically because they are easily maneuverable and can be built at a relatively low cost.