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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    Technical Tour

    Technical Tour 

    MIT Technical Tours
    Cost: $20
    Tuesday, 20 August 2013
    1600 hrs – 1800 hrs.

    Bus transportation to and from MIT will be provided. All guests should be in the hotel lobby and ready to board the bus at 1600 hrs.

    Man Vehicle Laboratory
    The Man Vehicle Laboratory (MVL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is located within the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research (MKI). Founded in 1962, MVL's goal is to better define the physiological and cognitive limitations of pilots and passengers of aircraft and spacecraft, and to optimize overall human-vehicle system effectiveness and safety. Research is interdisciplinary, utilizing techniques from manual and supervisory control, estimation, signal processing, biomechanics, cognitive psychology, artificial intelligence, sensory-motor physiology, human factors, and biostatistics. Students are from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and also the Departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering, and the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Science and Technology. The current Director is Dr. Charles M. Oman.

    Aerospace Controls Lab
    The Aerospace Controls Laboratory (ACL) researches topics related to autonomous systems and control design for aircraft, spacecraft, and ground vehicles. Theoretical research is pursued in areas such as: decision making under uncertainty; path planning, activity and task assignment; estimation and navigation; sensor network design; robust control, adaptive control, and model predictive control. A key part of ACL is RAVEN (Real-time indoor Autonomous Vehicle test ENvironment), a unique experimental facility that uses a Vicon motion capture sensing to enable rapid prototyping of aerobatic flight controllers for helicopters and aircraft; robust coordination algorithms for multiple helicopters; and vision-based sensing algorithms for indoor flight.

    Humans and Automation Laboratory
    Research in the Humans and Automation Lab (HAL) focuses on the multifaceted interactions of human and computer decision-making in complex sociotechnical systems. With the explosion of automated technology, the need for humans as supervisors of complex automatic control systems has replaced the need for humans in direct manual control.

    Interactive Robotics Lab
    The Interactive Robotics Lab conducts research and develops technology to ease the integration of robotics and autonomous systems into team-centered environments. This includes the design of algorithms for planning, decision-making, and control of autonomous systems that are augmented to incorporate insights from human studies of effective work practices. Research focuses on high-intensity and safety-critical applications including manufacturing, disaster first response, and space operations.