Friday, February 24, 2023
3:50 – 4:50 p.m. (CST)
Dr. Manoranjan Majji
Dept. of Aerospace Engineering
Texas A&M University
Title: “Advances in Computer Engineering: Impact on Aerospace Applications ”
- Revolutions in computing continue to advance a wide variety of aerospace vehicle navigation and control problems. Three broad applications are discussed to demonstrate this tangible impact.
- Recent research advances in space manufacturing and assembly automation at LASR lab.
- Novel velocimeter LIDAR and interferometric rate sensing technologies developed by Prof. Majji and his students are discussed.
- New embedded processing pipelines developed by Prof. Majji’s students to estimate the forces sensed by optomechanical accelerometers developed by Prof. Guzman are elaborated.
Recent advances in aerospace vehicle guidance, navigation and control furthered by emerging computer engineering technologies are elaborated in the lecture. Novel approaches for relative navigation using doppler sensing technologies are outlined with applications to terrain relative navigation and ship landing. Approaches to automate space systems and manufacture elements of swarm satellites in space are demonstrated using proximity operation emulation robots developed at the Land, Air and Space Robotics (LASR) laboratory. Embedded compute elements to process sensor data in order to realize an advanced optomechanical accelerometer are described to showcase advances in space avionics. The new accelerometer technology developed in collaboration with Prof. Felipe Guzman is discussed, which is found to enable spacecraft autonomy.
Dr. Manoranjan Majji is an Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering and is the Director of the Land, Air and Space Robotics (LASR) Laboratory at Texas A&M University. He has a diverse background in several aspects of dynamics and control of aerospace vehicles with expertise spanning the whole spectrum of analysis, modeling, computations and experiments. In the areas of astrodynamics, estimation and system identification, he has made fundamental contributions documented in over 170 publications (including 45 journal articles) in the areas of guidance, navigation and control. Working with a team of 20 graduate students and 6 undergraduate researchers at the LASR lab, he works on a variety of research projects sponsored by NGA, NASA, JPL, AFRL, AFOSR, ONR, DARPA, JHTO, and the IC, in addition to various industrial partners, including BlackSky Geospatial, Dezyne Technologies, and VectorNav Technologies. His 10 PhD graduates are making valuable contributions in the academic, national laboratory, and industrial research establishments. In addition to being a scholar, Majji has a great deal of engineering experience developing software systems and embedded systems from OEM products. He holds a provisional patent on a simultaneous location and mapping software suite and was awarded a patent for developing a novel omni directional robot. He has disclosed various sensor inventions in the past decade. Manoranjan is the recipient of the 2021 Dean of Engineering Excellence Award at Texas A&M and the 2021 Texas A&M Institute of Data Science Career Initiation Fellowship. He is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and is a Fellow of the American Astronautical Society (AAS).
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