Brief Overview of Autonomous Systems Research at Virginia
Craig Woolsey, founding Director of the Virginia Center
for Autonomous Systems at Virginia Tech
Education Credit - 1 continuing education credit will
be awarded for this meeting.
presentation will begin with an overview of research
activities within the Virginia Center for Autonomous
Systems. The focus will then shift to the Mid-Atlantic
Aviation Partnership, led by Virginia Tech, and the
FAA Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Test Site that this
partnership serves. With the aim of helping integrate
UAS into the national airspace system for civilian and
commercial uses, the UAS Test Site offers important
research and economic development opportunities for
Virginia and its partner states, New Jersey and Maryland.
The aim of the presentation is to describe some of these
opportunities and to invite a larger discussion.
Woolsey has kindly provided us with a copy of his slide
presentation. Click here
to view (4 MB PDF).
is an Associate Professor in the Aerospace and Ocean
Engineering department and the Assistant Department
Head for Graduate Studies. His research and teaching
focus is mechanical system dynamics and control theory.
His primary research interest is the development and
validation of control methodologies to improve performance
and robustness of autonomous vehicles, particularly
ocean and atmospheric vehicles.
Dr. Woolsey teaches graduate level courses in linear
and nonlinear control theory and undergraduate courses
in control and aircraft dynamics. Woolsey completed
a Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech
in 1995 (highest honors, cooperative plan) and a Ph.D.
in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton
University in 2001. He joined the Virginia Tech faculty
in January 2001. In 2002,
Dr. Woolsey received the NSF Career Award and the ONR
Young Investigator Program Award. Woolsey also received
the 2008 Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award from the
Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). He is the founding
Director of the Virginia Center for Autonomous Systems
(www.unmanned.vt.edu), an interdisciplinary research
center focused on the development and application of
autonomous systems technology. Craig Woolsey is an Associate
Fellow of AIAA, a Senior Member of IEEE and a member
of ASEE, IFAC, and SAE.
February 27, 2014
Social: 6:30 PM
Dinner: 7:00 PM
Talk: 8:00 PM