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UAVs and Other Aerospace Systems for Defense

Unmanned aircrafts, or drones, are being used in a variety of personal and professional settings. From military uses, to significant scientific, safety and civil applications. West Virginia University engineers are actively researching aircraft and robotic design, avionics and instrumentation, flight simulation and testing, experimental and computational fluid dynamics, flight control, navigation and control, air traffic management, planetary rover navigation, robotic pollination, and multi-vehicle cooperative perception, planning and control.

Affiliated Faculty

Recent Publications

  1. Gross, J., Yu Gu, and Matthew B. Rhudy. "Robust UAV Relative Navigation With DGPS, INS, and Peer-to-Peer Radio Ranging," IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, Vol 12, Is. 3, pp 935-944, 2015. doi: 10.1109/TASE.2014.2383357.
  2. McLaughlin R., Perhinschi M. G., “Partitioned Artificial Immune System for Detection and Identification of Autonomous Flight Vehicle Abnormal Conditions“, published on-line in International Journal of Intelligent Unmanned Systems,, Aug. 2020
  3. Fagbemi M., Perhinschi M. G., Al-Sinbol G., “Modeling of Upset Sensor Operation for Autonomous Unmanned Systems Applications“, International Journal of Intelligent Unmanned Systems, Vol. 7, Issue 1, pp 19-34, 10.1108/IJIUS-05-2018-0014, Jan. 2019
  4. Da Costa Siqueira J., Perhinschi M. G., Al-Sinbol G., “Simplified Atmospheric Model for UAV Simulation and Evaluation”, International Journal of Intelligent Unmanned Systems, Vol. 5 Issue 2/3, pp 63-82, Sept. 2017
  5. Wilhelm J., Rojas J., Eberhardt G., Perhinschi M. G., “Heterogeneous Aerial Platform Adaptive Mission Planning Using Genetic Algorithms”, Unmanned Systems, Vol. 5, Iss. 1, pp:19-30, 10.1142/S2301385017500029, March 2017
  6. Al-Sinbol G., Perhinschi M. G., Wilburn B., “Simplified GPS Model for UAV Fault Tolerant Control Laws Design”, International Journal of Intelligent Unmanned Systems, Vol. 3, Iss. 1., pp. 39-60, doi: 10.1108/IJIUS-09-2014-0007, 2015
  7. Perhinschi M. G., Moncayo H., “Artificial Immune System for Comprehensive and Integrated Aircraft Abnormal Conditions Management”, Chapter 4 in Valasek, John (Ed.), Advances in Computational Intelligence and Autonomy for Aerospace Systems, AIAA Progress in Aeronautics and Astronautics Series, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, pp 147-218, August 2018
  8. Gonçalves, V. M., McLaughlin, R. and Pereira, G. A. S., “Precise Landing of Autonomous Aerial Vehicles using Vector Fields,” IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, vol. 5, no 3, pp. 4337-4344, July 2020. Doi: 10.1109/LRA.2020.2994485